SOHH recently caught up with DJ Khaled on the star-studded set of his new music video to talk about his label deal with Def Jam, his global aspirations, and his upcoming album.
Khaled is set to kick off his new disc We Global with the release of his first single, "Out Here Grindin'" - which features the DJ's usual all-star cast of heavyweights; Akon, Rick Ross, Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, Lil' Boosie, Trick Daddy and his own artist Ace Hood.
"I got the whole world on this record," Khaled said at the video shoot for his new single. "We're doing big thing, man. It's going to be a big record. It's going to be another number one." [Watch below]
On We Global Khaled promises to feature several surprise artists that he has never worked with before. In addition, the Miami based producer/radio personality says the album will contain both songs for the ladies as well as a lot of quality music for the hood.
Khaled also plans to use this album to break Ace Hood, the first artist signed to his new label. As SOHH previously reported, back in February DJ Khaled inked a deal with Def Jam for his We The Best Music imprint.
"I always was going to get a label deal joint venture with a big company I was just waiting for the right time," he admitted. "I wasn't sure who I was going to go with. I just was real patient about it."
"I wanted to build my brand up more and break barriers in the game," he continued. "L.A. Reid seen my vision and Shakir [Stewart], Lenny S and all of them over there [at Def Jam] seen my vision and gave me an opportunity to be their partners."
With a new record dropping on Koch this fall and a label deal through Def Jam, Khaled felt it was time to trade in his signature catchphrase, "we the best," for a new slogan.
"Right now we hit 'em with that 'we global' now, 'we global, we international,' he explained. "We the best' is never going no where. That's the name of company [but by] being the best you end up being global. You end up touching masses of people and that's what we the best did."
DJ Khaled's new album, We Global, is scheduled to hit stores on September 9th.