DJ Khaled Readies Fourth Album, 'Victory'
"I'm in beast mode," said the deejay to MTV News. "I worked with someone I never worked with before that I always wanted to work with," said Khaled, without revealing explicitly who the mystery collaborator was. "I won't tell you if it's a single or one of my singles, 'cause I like that to be a surprise. But I did work with someone I always wanted to work with; his name is Usher. I did work with him, and I'm excited by that. I worked with someone [else] I never worked with before; his name is Drake. I'm a fan of his music. I think he's talented."
Khaled also named the Runners, Plies, Rick Ross and Young Jeezy as contributors to the project, pointing out that Jeezy, in particular, would be a "major" contributor.
"I got everybody on there," elaborated Khaled. "I'm giving you little vibes about what's going on...We doing this, this album right here. I gave you 'We Takin' Over.' I gave you 'I'm So Hood.' I gave you 'Go Hard.' I gave you 'Holler at Me.' I do this. I make timeless music."
Finally, Khaled explained the significance of the title. "People always think 'victory' is the win. To me, it's a struggle. It's a grind. It's a hustle, going through roadblocks. There's a lot of stuff [done] to get a victory. I feel like I'm at a point in my career right now where I'm at that victory point. Because I've been through so much, and I feel like the music I'm making is so powerful — because I make this music for the people."
Victory is due for a 2010 release on DJ Khaled's We the Best imprint with E1 Records.