The idea that DJ Khaled has been developing his brand since 1993 is absurd. He began pursuing a profession as a radio DJ and producer that year. He was able to approach the biggest superstars because he was able to get his foot in the door early. He would be able to create beats for the same artists who had grown to be close friends thanks to his contacts.
Khaled is one of the top producers in the hip-hop world today, the father of two kids, and a social media tycoon. Khaled has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, 21 Savage, SZA, and Justin Bieber, but things weren’t always so simple for him. His early years were anything but glamorous.
Khaled launched a number of enterprises after finding success in Hollywood, including his own restaurant in Florida. He initially met Lil Wayne when the rapper was only 10 years old, and their last names are the same. But what else is there to learn about the singer of “I’m The One”? Here are 19 interesting facts about DJ Khaled as he really is.
18 His first and last names are the same.
There is little doubt that Khaled Mohamed Khaled is the man’s genuine name; it is considerably easier than DJ Khaled. Yes, it’s true that this DJ goes by the name Khaled both for his first and last names, which is extremely uncommon, especially in Hollywood. This does explain why he sought to create a stage name to employ while creating music.
17 He Runs a Restaurant.
It only made sense for the Palestinian-American DJ Khaled to invest in the restaurant industry because he clearly enjoys eating. Currently, Florida-based restaurant Finga Licking is proudly owned by Khaled. It is renowned for its mouthwatering chicken wings and red velvet cake. His supporters enjoy dropping by for some delicious meals.
16 He Was Once Lost at Sea.
Khaled once got himself into trouble at sea, but fortunately, he was able to seek assistance from several locals who were able to guide him back to land. While many followers were laughing at the situation and found it hilarious that Khaled couldn’t find his way home, it took hours for him to be rescued. The incident was captured and broadcast on Snapchat.
15 He Is an American-Palestinian.
DJ Khaled is an American-Palestinian. Early on, his parents decided to relocate to the United States since they needed to leave Palestine behind in order to better their own situation and care for their family. They did just that, then.
Well, it’s obvious that everything worked out beautifully when we consider the success that Khaled has achieved.
14 He Was Just a Radio Dj Before He Started Producing
DJ Khaled was a regular radio DJ before he began composing songs for artists like Nicki Minaj and Future. In the hopes of one day being able to create his own music, he would spend hours performing tunes for listeners on the radio. He was a DJ for 99 Jams in South Florida, where he had the opportunity to meet many famous people.
13. He was there when Birdman and Lil Wayne first met.
Khaled was present when Birdman and Lil Wayne first met, despite how absurd that may sound. In 1993, while working at a record shop in New Orleans, Lil Wayne, then 10 years old, happened to perform a freestyle when Birdman was conducting an autograph session.
12. He Enjoys Eating Egg Whites
Egg whites are a favorite food of Khaled’s. He supposedly consumes them daily and even has a personal chef named Chef Dee who prepares all the greatest meals for him, including, of course, his favorite egg whites.
Egg rolls are one of Khaled’s favorite foods, and he frequently shares images of his chef’s delectable meals on Instagram to show his followers how healthy he is eating these days.
11 He Has a Vast Collection of Sneakers
DJ Khaled has a sizable collection of footwear. In his floor-to-ceiling wardrobe, he has a collection of sneakers that ranges from the Jordan 3 through limited edition Nike and Adidas models. Apparently, some people’s apartments are smaller than this closet. He also has an integrated trunk where he keeps his most priceless pair of sneakers.
10 Bob Marley Is One of His Favorite Musicians.
Bob Marley is adored by DJ Khaled. In earlier interviews, he had emphasized how his greatest regret was not being able to record a song with the iconic reggae musician. Khaled, who frequently flies to Jamaica for DJ appearances, eventually developed a close bond with Marley’s family despite the fact that it didn’t happen.
9 He Previously Belonged to A Terror Squad
Khaled was a member of the hip hop group Terror Squad, which was founded by Fat Joe and the late Big Pun, before doing it alone. When Khaled first began to establish himself in the industry, both rappers served as a major source of inspiration for him. He then released his debut record, “Listennn… the Album, “under the name Terror Squad in 2006.
8 He Has Used Several Stage Names
Despite what many people believe, DJ Khaled was not his first stage moniker. Beat Novacane, Arab Attack, Big Dog Pitbull, Mr. Miami, The Don Dada, and Terror Squadian were his previous picks. Khaled took the smart decision to drop Arab Attack after the 9/11 attacks in order to steer clear of unwelcome controversy.
7. He Got His Big Break on “the Luke Show”
In 1998, Khaled had his big break while co-hosting a radio program called The Luke Show. Even though it was only his second radio job, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, who was regarded as a hip hop veteran, had already become a friend of his. It was a significant stage in which Khaled could establish himself, and that is exactly what he accomplished.
6 He Made Nicki Minaj His Fiancée in A Stunning Media Stunt.
Khaled once pretended to propose to ‘Pinkprint’ rapper Nicki Minaj in a public relations gimmick that was broadcast on television. Fans were unaware that everything was manufactured and thought Nicki was the intended recipient of the $500,000 engagement ring that Khaled flashed for the cameras.
Since the two have been friends for a very long time, Minaj was completely supportive of everything.
5 He’s Dating Someone Long-Term
DJ Khaled and Nicole Tuck have been together for a while. After becoming engaged, the couple welcomed two children into the world. Nicole and Khaled are content with their lives. Khaled and Nicole haven’t bothered to confirm or deny rumors that they secretly wed and hid the news from their fans, according to several sources.
4 He Has a Significant Influence on Snapchat.
Owing to his amusing videos, which frequently tend to become viral outside of the social media site, DJ Khaled became well-known thanks to Snapchat. Khaled, however, was able to expand his audience through social media far beyond people who just listen to hip-hop music. In the end, his social media know-how allowed him to access more commercial prospects and advance in his career.
3 He Formerly Served Time in Prison
Even though it wasn’t for a serious crime, DJ Khaled ran into legal issues in the early 1990s. He had a brief stint in jail for operating a vehicle while his license was suspended. Due to his good behavior, he only had to serve one month of a three-month jail term. He rapidly understood that being imprisoned wasn’t where he wanted to be as a result of the experience.
2 He Is an Accomplished Writer.
Khaled secured a contract with Crown Publishing Group to publish a book titled The Keys in 2016 despite being very busy with numerous music endeavors and commercial ventures. Khaled’s book would land him a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List, adding another honor to his long list of impressive accomplishments.
1 He Once Told a Big Lie About the Sales of His Song
When his single “I Wanna Be With You” with Nicki Minaj and Future was released, Khaled claimed that the song’s rapid sales caused the iTunes servers to crash. Khaled stated that he was trying to resolve the problems on the phone with “the CEO of iTunes,” a position that doesn’t even exist.
He stated: “I’m on the phone with the CEO of iTunes, and he’s telling me that Khaled #iwant tobewithu has only been available on the platform for an hour, but it’s already selling like crazy. My staff is also telling me that the servers are about to go down, so I gave them the go-ahead to add the most powerful servers to handle this.
However, it turns out that iTunes had no CEO and that the servers never went down. This was a further publicity gimmick by DJ Khaled, and it appeared to be successful because more people began to hear the music. The song did rise in the Billboard Hot 100 rankings.