This past Friday 5/17/2019 DJ Khaled hit us with Another One! The highly anticipated release of his new album “Father Of Asahd,” is filled with amazing collaborations, from our favorite artists, to the new generation of hip hop artist. Dj Khaled tapped into all genres of music on “Father Of Asahd.” This album has it all, from Reggae to Latin, Hip Hop a trap mixed with a little bit of soul in between. No expense was spared on the promotion for his latest project either. With the release, came a beautiful tribute to Nipsey Hussle dropping footage for the song “Higher” featuring John Legend. Khaled has also announced that all of the song’s proceeds would be donated to Nipsey’s children – son Kross and Emani along with his wife Lauren London.
He didn’t just stop there he went on to pay more homage to the late great Rapper/philanthropist, Nipsey Hussle with a full tribute on SNL (Saturday Night Live). Dj Khaled brought out John Legend and some of his other collaborators from the album “Father Of Asahd” such as Meek Mill, J Balvin, Lil Baby, SZN, Big Sean and Lil Wayne who all graced the SNL and performed with him.
The major streaming service “Tidal” started by cultural icon and rapper Jay-Z, who is also featured on the album teamed up with Dusse to throw a huge album release party for Khaled on Friday night at the 40/40 club located on the lower westside of Manhattan in New York City. Access to the party was free but invite only to all Tidal subscribers, In order to gain admission you had to show your active Tidal account at the door. The line for the event was crazy with supporters standing outside for hours waiting to gain entry into the club or simply catch a glimpse of Khaled and other celebrity guest. As an extra gift to all who showed up the 40/40 club offered the partygoers a 3 hour open bar serving up delicious Dusse cocktails to get the crowd going, it was definitely a movie.
During the event Khaled took to the DJ booth to share these words with his fans “ When I was a kid I knew that I would have so many blessings if I have a clean heart, a clean soul and have a gratitude for life. The only reason why I’m telling you this is for you to stay focused on your vision, stay focused on your path, don’t ever give up, don’t ever settle for less and always move positive.” After sharing his words of encouragement with the crowd he again commemorated Nipsey sharing the video “Higher” with his fans.
Khaled also goes on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” to break down the deeper spiritual meaning behind his 11th album “Father Of Asahd” and the cover art. He states the cover art is a picture of him and his son on the “Holy Mountain” with the sun that he refers to as God coming thru the trees to touch them. Always being a firm believer in what you put into the universe is what you get back I can understand the spirituality behind his words and on why this album was so special and personal to him.
The album starts off with the song “Holy Mountain” that reunites Buju Banton,Sizzla, Mavado & 070 Shake, sampled with Billy Boyo’s “One Spliff A Day”. This record was definitely a vibe for me that I could listen to after a long day while I’m trying to relax and shake off all stress and negativity.
Next song is “Wish,Wish” featuring Cardi B & 21 Savage, leave it to Cardi to come and kill it with her catchy one liners bringing all the spice to this club banging trap beat. This banger will definitely be expected to hit the “Billboard Hot 100” this week and probably all summer long.
Following up after giving us trap he hits us with “Jealous” featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, & Big Sean sampled with 90’s hit Diana King’s “Shy Guy”. This track has the potential of being one of the summer anthems of 2019. Leave it to this trio to always get you in the mood and have all the ladies feeling sexy. Along with the track there is a cinematic 8 minute video with a cameo from Jennifer Lopez that’s worth checking out.
Then of course the album continues with the love ballads to keep the mood going with the track “Just Us” featuring SZA sampled with OutKast hit record “Ms. Jackson.” This record was a favorite for me, promoting real ride or die love. Fellas get ready cause your ladies will be singing and blasting this bop all day long. The music video for this record is also watch worthy giving me “300” and “Game Of Thrones” style vibes as SZA takes her place on a throne.
Up Next, Khaled hits us with a touch of Latin with “You Stay” featuring Meek Mill, J Balvin, Lil Baby, & Jeremih sampled with India’s “No Me Conviene”. If you grew up in a spanish household then you know exactly who India is her music was a part of your upbringing. This track is my absolute favorite on the entire album. I found all these artist on the track was a interesting mix. When I first read of the collab I wasn’t sure if it would work but I must admit that they all collectively did their thing and it flowed perfectly. It was nice to see a more romantic side of Meek Mill.
“Celebrate” featuring Travis Scott & Post Malone was not really hitting for me. The hook was catchy but I feel as is if neither Travis or Post Malone really brought their A game on this one. However the music video for this track was interesting to say the least giving me Matrix inspired vibes.
The next track “Higher” featuring Nipsey Hussle & John Legend sampled with Myrna Summers “Oh Give Thanks” literally brought tears to my eyes. Legend’s voice was the perfect amount of soul on this track that combined beautifully with Nipsey’s smooth yet powerful voice to give you that spiritual feel. It almost sounded like Nipsey knew his days were numbered, as you listen to his words while he tells you all about his journey and where he’s been. This track will forever be Legendary, Long Live Nipsey Hussle.
Speaking of legends in the hip hop game Nas did is his thing on the next track “Won’t Take My Soul featuring Cee-Lo Green. Both men have laid tons of knowledge on us over the years so it’s only right for them to collab together on this gospel inspired track about overpowering your demons. Nas had what I feel was some of the most quotable lyrics on the entire album, I truly felt every piece of knowledge he was putting down.
Then after Nas he had Meek Mill & Lil Baby come through together again, on the track “Weather The Storm” to kick even more knowledge. This hit believe it or not was sampled with The Syncophonic Orchestra’s “Quasimodo’s Marriage”. Although this song was one of the shorter tracks on the album it still managed to leave a big impact.
Then you have “Big Boy Talk” featuring Jeezy & Rick Ross this song was one that I could have done without, I wasn’t impressed at all in no kind of way. I couldn’t vibe with the lyrics or the beat, Jeezy was a big disappointment for me this time around and I was never really a fan of Rick Ross so overall this was BLAH!
Lil Wayne picked my spirits all the way up afterwards tho with “Freak N You” featuring Gunna sampled with Jodeci’s “Freek ‘N You”. The beat was a dope spin on the Jodeci original hit and Wayne was the best fit to hit you with the right amount of freaky talk. Something about Wayne’s voice just made this work and Gunna held his own lyrically as well. This gave me 90’s vibes of all the songs we weren’t supposed to listen to as kids but knew all the words anyway.
Now getting towards the end of album with “Thank You” featuring Big Sean reminding us to keep our heads up and never forget to thank those who were there at our lowest. I also caught that little sub he threw in there referencing his ex Ariana Grande’s hit song “Thank U, Next”. Then the project closes out with “Holy Ground” featuring Buju Banton. This track was the perfect way to end off with Buju speaking on strength and fighting thru oppression.
Overall, I feel even with the few songs that weren’t really favorites for me, DJ Khaled has managed to again bring us all the artist we know and love together to successfully bless us with the summer anthems, we anticipate from him every year. I give it a 9 out of 10 “Father Of Asahd” has made The Valid List & is #BonnieSpeaksApproved. Also if you missed your chance to see DJ Khaled this weekend in New York, Tidal members will still have the opportunity Tuesday, May 21st as he takes over the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Khaled will be sitting down with Elliot Wilson for an in-depth CRWN interview about the project as well as a screening of the “Father of Asahd” Album Experience Documentary highlighting the creation of the album. Tidal members unable to attend will be able to watch the documentary exclusively on Tidal as well as tune into the live interview. So if your not a Tidal member you might want to jump on that now trust me it’s worth the money.