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  • -You also are doing this amazing thing,

  • and it's a sad subject,

  • but Nipsey Hussle was recently --

  • It was just terrible tragedy what happened to him and awful.

  • But you were just with him filming a video for this summer?

  • -Yeah, so, I have a song with Nipsey Hussle on my album,

  • and I been blessed to work with the king Nipsey Hussle.

  • And, you know, it's a blessing

  • because me and him are excited about the record.

  • And the record is gospel. It's special.

  • And the video is so special that it's beautiful.

  • And like Nipsey Hussle would say, the marathon continues.

  • Long live Nipsey Hussle.

  • And when you watch the video, you know,

  • it put tears in my eyes.

  • And then also it's beautiful, you know what I'm saying,

  • to represent him and his legacy and his music and his family

  • and just -- You know what I mean?

  • 'Cause he's a great. He's one of the greats.

  • And when we was recording the record,

  • you know what I'm saying, I was telling him,

  • "Man, you're one of the greats."

  • And he know that, and he was talking to me,

  • and we was having lunch before we made the record,

  • and he was, you know -- I asked him, "Where you from?"

  • Because I really didn't know --

  • I always thought he was mixed with Arabic or something,

  • 'cause I'm American, but I'm Palestinian.

  • I'm a Palestinian-American. I'm Arabic.

  • So it's like I thought he had Arabic mixed in him.

  • He told me where he was from, and I thought it was beautiful.

  • He told me what his name meant. I told him what my name meant.

  • I told him what my son's name meant.

  • My son, "Asahd" means "lion" in Arabic.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • And he was telling me about his kids,

  • and we were talking about entrepreneurship and property

  • and just, you know, beautiful things.

  • And I was just listening like this, 'cause when he spoke --

  • -Kind of like I am now. -Yeah.

  • But when he spoke, it's like it was a beautiful spirit.

  • You know what I'm saying? Pure love.

  • And then we walked to the studio.

  • I played him my album, and I was like,

  • "Yo, every song on my album is the one.

  • This is my biggest album."

  • And then I played him the record I wanted him on.

  • And he heard, and he was like, "Man, this is beautiful,"

  • and I was like, "Man, this is gonna be big.

  • This is that big boy rap."

  • And we created something very special.

  • And it's called "Higher."

  • -Do you want to tell everyone

  • what you're doing special with this?

  • -All proceeds from me and the co-producers and the writers

  • and John Legend, all proceeds go to his kids.

  • You know what I'm saying? You know, for that song.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • You know, I mean, you know what I'm saying?

  • -What a shame. What a sad story.

  • But I like that you're doing something.

  • -Long live Nipsey Hussle. The marathon continues.

  • You know what I'm saying? -Good for you.

  • I have to ask you this, 'cause this is out right now.

  • -Yes. -People can get this.

  • "Father of Asahd."

  • Do you have the song of the summer on the album?

  • -I absolutely do have the song of the summer.

  • It's the whole album.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • It's like I'm not even joking, you know what I'm saying,

  • because, you know, it's my 11th album.

  • And I put 10 albums out.

  • I've been blessed to have a lot of great hit records,

  • a great catalog.

  • I've been blessed to make number ones, and I'm grateful for that.

  • And I challenged myself this album.

  • I was like, I'm just tired of the traditional rollouts

  • and traditional things.

  • I was like, "Why am I gonna give the world just a single

  • and then another single?"

  • I was like, "How about I give them seven singles?

  • How about I give them nine videos?

  • How about I give them, top to bottom, every anthem?"

  • I'm challenging radio to play more than one record.

  • I'm challenging, you know, every platform to do more,

  • because I did more. -Yeah.

  • -You know what I'm saying? And not even just that.

  • What's the quote, you got to lead by example?

  • I felt like if I'm gonna be a leader in this game,

  • I got to lead and be great.

  • So I can't just be doing normal stuff.

  • I can't just do traditional stuff.

  • I did that already, so now I'm gonna set the new blueprint.

  • The bar's set high again,

  • so if you make an album, it got to be big.

  • You know what I'm saying? It got to be big.

  • [ Cheers and applause ]

  • -Cardi B is on the album, SZA, J Balvin, Post Malone.

  • -Let me help you out.

  • Cardi B, 21 Savage, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Nas, CeeLo Green,

  • J Balvin, Meek Mill, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy --

  • hold on -- Buju Banton. -What?

  • -Fresh from home. -Buju Banton?

  • -He's on "Holy Mountain" and "Holy Ground."

  • -Wow. -You know what I'm saying?

  • I got everybo-- How about this?

  • Ask me who's on my album.

  • [ Laughter ]

  • Ask me, ask me, ask me.

  • -Who's on your album? -All your favorites.

  • -All right.

  • Guys, DJ Khaled, everybody.

  • "Father of Asahd" is available now.

  • I like you.

  • Catch him tomorrow night

  • on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live."

-You also are doing this amazing thing,

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DJ Khaled Reflects on Collaborating with Nipsey Hussle for "Higher"

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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