Always beaming of positivity and the spirit of never taking his foot off the throttle, DJ Khaled has turned himself into a global icon, synonymous with putting together monster collaborations that fans usually only dream of like his latest project, Father of Asahd’s pairing of Future, Beyonce, and Hov.
DJ Khaled’s latest album carries on his trend of approaching every record like an anthem. Comprised of masterful production, surprise features as well as his signature ad-libs and catchphrases. No-one in the industry can bring together the industries top stars as Khaled can. Allowing each of them to bring their own style and flavor all while crafting heavy-hitting anthems and Father of Asahd is no exception.
The project features 15 strong features including Chris Brown, Beyonce, Travis Scott, Post Malone, and the late Nipsey Hussle. While the vibes are definitely present on Father of Asahd, there doesn’t appear to be a clear cut direction to the album which makes it sound a bit less cohesive than DJ Khaled’s previous offerings.
From the opening record, the evolution to DJ Khaled’s sound is felt as 070 Shake’s vocals provide a unique spin on the uplifting record Holy Mountain alongside Sizzla, Mavado, and Buju Banton creating a wavy piano laden record.
The project contains strong verses from both Lil Baby and Meek Mill that find the rappers showcasing their unique vocal cadences but it’s unfortunate that better songs could not be carved around them. The Tay Keith produced “Wish, Wish” is perfect for the summer and will probably receive a lot of radio play coming up. Cardi B and 21 Savage’s chemistry on this one is evident from the minute you hear Tay Keith’s signature vocal tag.
The strongest offering on the project is the Nipsey Hussle cut “Higher” which features John Legend. “Higher” finds Nipsey Hussle dropping two potent verses that sound very eerie when you consider the MC’s untimely demise. Nipsey’s verse is an introspective look at his life, family and his gritty perspective of the streets. On a project that features massive levels of unsubstantiated positivity, “Higher” serves as a great contrast and a rare “deep” cut on the project showing the vulnerability and humanity that helped Nipsey Hussle win the hearts of millions of fans.
As DJ Khaled’s star has grown, so has his budget and recently, DJ Khaled’s access to huge major label budgets has made his formula much weaker than it once was. No longer is DJ Khaled playing on the shock appeal of being able to bring together some of the south’s biggest acts like T.I., Rick Ross, Birdman, Trick Daddy and he’s turned towards leaning on whoever is hot at the moment and even at times extremely popular samples such as “Maria, Maria” being sampled on 2017’s “Wild Thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. While Father of Asahd is a fun project with many dream collaborations the replay value isn’t great but many of these tracks will probably end up getting plenty of spins of traditional radio.
Having picked up where Diddy left off with his Bad Boy compilation albums, DJ Khaled more than likely drew plenty of inspiration from the Bad Boy CEO not only in his effectiveness in hyping music but also in his promotion of positivity but it’s time for DJ Khaled to change up the formula if he’d like for his album’s to have a clear, cohesive sound or at least an intention or direction. Overall, Father of Asahd is a fun record with strong production and dream collaborations but the record often times fall short because of lack of cohesion both on the songs and on the project as a whole. If you’re looking for a cool collection of singles to ride around in the whip too real loud then this is the perfect project for you.