When you think of the word “hip-hop,” DJ Khaled is not often the name that first comes to mind. Conversely, Khaled is what many would often associate with the antithesis of “true” hip-hop and all that is wrong with the genre right now. Whatever your feelings about Khaled and his contributions to the game, you have to give him props for the special group he’s been able to assemble here. With legends Nas and Scarface blessing the mic and DJ Premier and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League handling the boards, it’s easy for the listener to be reverted back to the glory days of the 90’s. Both emcees allude to the deceptive and fickle companion that hip hop can be, reflecting on their experiences over the last twenty some odd years, including both the riches of the highs and the struggles of the lows. It’s an interesting take on the subject, and provides us great insight on the rap careers of two of the greatest to ever grace the mic.
If you’re interested in seeing the process that went behind crafting this wonderful track, peep the “Making Of Hip Hop” video after the jump, and if you enjoyed this, and want to listen to some more heavyweight collaborations, make sure to cop DJ Khaled’s latest project, Kiss The Ring, on August 21st.