ARTIST PROFILE

DJ Khaled

Name: Khaled Mohamed Khaled

Birthday: November 26, 1975

Fav Dish: Maqluba (Traditional Arab dish)

Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975) is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive and author. He was a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR “99 Jamz” and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad. From 2004 to 2006, Khaled assisted in the production of the hip-hop albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad, All or Nothing and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.

Khaled was born on November 26, 1975, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States. His brother Alec Ledd (Alla Khaled) is an actor. He has described himself as a devout Muslim. His parents were musicians and played Arabic music. Khaled started developing an interest in rap and soul music at a young age, and his parents supported his interest. He worked in a local record store which helped to lay foundations for his music career.

In 2006, Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn… the Album. He went on to release We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013). In 2009, Khaled became the president of the record label Def Jam South, and he is also the CEO and founder of We the Best Music Group. Khaled released his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot, on October 23, 2015. In July 2016, he released his ninth studio album Major Key, and on June 23, 2017, his tenth studio album, Grateful, was released.

In late 2015 to early 2016, a number of Snapchat videos of Khaled’s detailing his “key to success” received significant attention on the internet due to his larger-than-life persona, mainly popularized by the YouTube channel h3h3Productions. This newfound online recognition caused him to gain popularity; becoming an “internet phenomenon”, with some now describing him as a “living meme” or “meme in human form”.

Khaled is engaged to Nicole Tuck, who gave birth to their son Asahd Tuck Khaled on October 23, 2016. Khaled garnered national attention after he made the decision to stream the birth live on his Snapchat account.

In 2016, he wrote a book, The Keys, which includes his opinions on success, recounts life stories, and describes contributions from other music moguls.

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