Lots of rap fans wonder what DJ Khaled actually does besides remind of us his name on every one of his songs. I am not sure what he does but I know for certain that he’s pretty good at rounding up talent. Khaled’s latest album, Suffering from Success boasts appearances from artists like Drake, Rick Ross, Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Chris Brown, Plies, Scarface, Jadakiss, Big Sean, T.I., Akon, and J. Cole to name a few.
Suffering from Success begins with a clip of President Obama at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner entering the stage to Khaled’s 2010 hit ‘All I Do is Win’. The music kicks off with the albums title track featuring Future and Ace Hood. The keyboard-driven 808-heavy Young Chop produced song sets the tone for the remainder of Suffering From Success.
An all-star cast of characters joins the party on ‘I Feel Like Pac/I Feel Like Biggie’. Diddy, Swizz Beatz, T.I., Meek Mill, and Rick Ross trade bars over The Beat Bully track. T.I. steals the show with a verse filled with song titles from the late rappers. “They say Brenda had a baby but she left it in the alley/Watch out there player hater now we’re going back to Cali,” T.I. raps.
The albums current single ‘I Wanna Be With You’ features Future, Rick Ross, and Nicki Minaj. The song surpasses being annoying with Minaj attempting to sing and Future on the hook chanting, “I wanna be with you, I wanna be with you, I wanna be with you.”
Rick Ross reappears alongside Drake and Lil’ Wayne on ‘No New Friends’. Drake wins the gold medal for being annoying on the song. Between his singing, flossing, and excessive use of the n-word the Canadian rapper/singer has become intolerable.
The album’s best song is ‘Never Surrender’ featuring Scarface, Jadakiss, Akon, John Legend, and Anthony Hamilton. Face and Kiss bring authenticity and real lyricism to an album that sorely lacks it. “Family over everything, skills over politics/He don’t need the accolades, as long as you acknowledge it,” Jadakiss rhymes.
Suffering from Success is a mess. The album has a few decent songs but the majority of it is a waste of time. The project is full of extravagant beats that all sound the same. It also overdoses on the likes of Rick Ross, Future, Meek Mill, and Ace Hood—you can only take so much of those guys.
Suffering from Success is a DJ/producer album with very little production and absolutely no mixing, blending, or scratching done by Khaled. I’m still not exactly sure what Khaled’s role is after listening to his seventh album. Suffering from Success simply suffers from sucking.
Purchase: DJ Khaled – Suffering from Success