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Jayson Greene

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Jayson Greene is Managing Editor at Wondering Sound and a contributing editor and columnist at Pitchfork. His writing has also appeared in GQ, the Village Voice...more »

09.16.08
Bruckheimer rap — the perfect soundtrack for escaping state police via speedboat.
2008 | Label: eOne Music / Entertainment One Distribution

DJ Khaled manages exactly one salient point on the succinctly titled We Global (somehow economizing even further on 2007's already concise We The Best): "The industry hate, but they gotta see me/ Turn your TVs on, bet you all you see is me!" Indeed. Despite being a non-rapping, roly-poly Pakistanian immigrant who seems to be a "DJ" in the same sense Brutus the "Beefcake" was a "barber," Khaled has somehow made himself ubiquitous on rap… read more »

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Pure fun.

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Should this win awards? No. Is it musically daring, lyrically inspiring, rhythmically challenging? No. Is it fun as hell? Does it make you want to roll your windows down and bob your head like a freaking idiot? Will you shake your ass? Emphatically YES. Most pop raps stars muster a few absolute bangers, the "We Got Money"s of the world; songs so big and blaring that they challenge you not to like them at least on a primal level. "We Global" manages to do that on every single track. Your eyes my roll at the trite, reppin'-Miami lyrics, but your head will nod.

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Ok But.........................

emcshan

Not as good as DJ Khaled's first two albums!

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EMUSIC

TripleA1

I LOVE EMUSIC!! ALBUM CAME OUT TODAY, I DOWNLOAD IT LEGALLY TODAY!!!!

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Getting back on track, DJ Khaled’s We Global corrects all the mistakes made on his disappointing sophomore effort We the Best and gets back to the high-quality control of his debut Listennn: The Album. Like both previous releases, We Global finds the Terror Squad DJ commissioning tracks from the A-List, adding his shout-outs over top, and handing production over to the likes of Cool & Dre, the Inkredibles, and Danja along with a handful of cuts for the underappreciated team, the Runners who can go convincingly hard (the street single “Out Here Grindin’”) or brilliantly slick (the R&B-flavored, Lloyd showcase “Go Ahead”). Important names like the Game — who’s focused like a sniper on the great “Red Light” — and Nas — who sounds absolutely Illmatic on his hectic cut “I’m On” — get their own tracks, but most cuts are either giant baller anthems with freestyle after freestyle or more interesting and tighter collaborations, like the good timing “She’s Fine” from Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and dancehall don Sean Paul. Khaled’s love of the warmer territories is further supported by Floridian Rick Ross’ appearance next to another reggae man, Baby Cham, plus the expected guest shot from Pitbull who closes the album with a Dade County hip-hop history lesson. Khaled’s lone production here is “Standing on the Mountain Top,” a theatrical showcase for newcomer and protégé Ace Hood who lands on three more cuts and nails each and every one with his fresh-off-the-streets delivery. – David Jeffries

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