DJ Khaled got his start in the music business on the radio hosting his own show in Miami. Forging relationships with some of hip-hop’s biggest stars came in handy for the New Orleans native. When he was ready to release his debut album in 2006, Listennn… the Album contained features from a plethora of artists including Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Bun B, Birdman, T.I., John Legend and many, many more. A year later, he dropped We The Best, which spawned the hits “I’m So Hood” and “We Takin Over.”
Becoming one of the hottest DJs in the game, he was known for his hard work ethic as much as the high-pitched “We the best!” that peppered his songs. DJ Khaled, who also donned the hat of producer, was soon tapped to become the president of Def Jam South while founding his own We The Best Music Group.
DJ Khaled dropped a new album every year since 2010 and by 2013 he was suffering from success. Paying a visit to the doctor about a bald spot in his beard, the physician declared that he was indeed “suffering from success,” which inspired the name for his seventh album. With the first single “No New Friends” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, Suffering From Success was shaping up to be a promising album.
But Khaled had folks scratching heads when suddenly he went on a radio show and proposed to Nicki Minaj. With an engagement ring valued at half a million dollars, he professed his love: "I ain't a young boy no more. I'm on my thinking the future. I just had to be honest. I always liked her. She's my friend, of course. And I like her. It's more than a crush."
It turned out to be a publicity stunt and an unusual if not creative way to bring attention to the next single, “I Wanna Be With You," which featured Minaj. While the stunt brought attention to DJ Khaled, it didn’t go over quite like the portly DJ had in mind. A norm for any one of his albums, the guest features were jam packed, including verses from Future, Ace Hood, Diddy, Meek Mill, T.I., 2 Chainz, French Montana, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Wale, J. Cole and a whole lot more. But fans weren’t going out to support Suffering From Success and it suffered from poor sales.