DJ Khaled’s career arc has seen him go from Terror Squad DJ to Miami hitmaker to a man Fat Joe proudly referred to as the “Quincy Jones of Hip Hop.” Khaled’s catalog has produced a number of classic records such as “I’m On One,” with Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross and “We Takin’ Over,” but in terms of competition, Khaled believes he’s unapproachable in any setting, including a mythical Verzuz.
While crafting shrimp fried rice with Trick Daddy for Trick Daddy Dollars’ I Got My Pots YouTube series on YouTube Thursday (May 12), Khaled laid down the gauntlet and boldly proclaimed no one could see him in a Verzuz type event.
“To answer your question, I really don’t see nobody” Khaled began. “My catalog is super strong … I’m from Miami so if you expect me to be like … I don’t see nobody, and I mean that with love. My catalog is strong. You might wanna Google it and go check out my catalog, I been doing this shit for two decades! And I been putting hit records out for damn near 15 years! So really think about what you thinking and what you saying because Khaled got hits! A lot of hits!”
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Despite the bravado, Khaled did reveal he would want to do a Verzuz after he felt his career was hitting the sunset.
“For me, I wouldn’t do a Verzuz right now but if I ever did one, I would want to do it when I decide to not wanna make music no more,” Khaled said. “That’s when I want my catalog to be praised, but right now, I’m just getting started.”
A number of artists have previously proclaimed they were untouchable when you examined their catalog and history in music, including Diddy who feels he has only one worthy opponent in Dr. Dre and JAY-Z who during a Twitter Spaces in 2021 brushed off any competition.
In April, Metro Boomin became the latest producer to preemptively call off a potential Verzuz, telling a fan he needed at least 20 more years in Hip Hop before he felt his catalog was right, even after a 13-year run which saw him release four collaborative albums, three mixtapes, one studio album and a countless number of hits.
After holding a gospel-themed Verzuz for Easter, the event is back to toasting Hip Hop with a clash between Onyx and Cypress Hill set for Saturday (May 14).