Grateful (DJ Khaled album)

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Grateful
Grateful by DJ Khaled cover.jpg
Studio album by DJ Khaled
Released June 23, 2017
Recorded 2016–17
Genre Hip hop
Length 87:25
Label
Producer
DJ Khaled chronology
Major Key
(2016)Major Key2016
Grateful
(2017)
Physical edition cover
Grateful Physical cover.jpg
Singles from Grateful
  1. "Shining"
    Released: February 12, 2017
  2. "I'm the One"
    Released: April 28, 2017
  3. "Wild Thoughts"
    Released: June 16, 2017

Grateful is the tenth studio album by American musician DJ Khaled. It was released on June 23, 2017, by We the Best Music Group and Epic Records,[1] the album features guest appearances from a wide array of artists, including Future, Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Migos, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Kodak Black, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Drake, Rihanna, Sizzla, Mavado, Nas, Calvin Harris and Betty Wright, among others.[2]

Background[edit]

The cover art was released alongside the album's third single on June 5, 2017, and featured Khaled's son Asahd, who was born in October 2016.[3][4] Asahd was also revealed to be acting as the album's executive producer, with his father taking to talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in March 2017 to explain the reasoning and process behind his son's position on the album, stating:

He is credited as executive producer, and his attorney has his points and royalties, everything. Listening to the songs, going over the business part of it, [deciding] if the vocals are right, if the beats are right, if the energy's right. When he [rocks and grins], those are smash hit records, when he [looks deep in thought], that's the real serious records but hits with substance. It's a vibe, you know what I mean? Believe it or not, the poops and the throw-ups are super blessings. Those are actually the real good ones, he actually threw up on me while I was mixing and working on "Shining", and when he threw up on me, that [was] a blessing.[5]

Recording and production[edit]

The album also saw production from an array of producers, including several in-house producers from Khaled's We the Best Music Group record label. Cool & Dre and Nasty Beatmakers co-produced two of the album's singles, which were heavily influenced by the musical styles present in Miami. The former also contributed toward three additional songs on the album, teaming up with 808-Ray for each effort.[6][7] Other in-house producers Danja and Lee on the Beats additionally provided production, with Khaled enlisting the duo on several occasions prior for his previous albums.[8] Khaled later worked with Scottish producer and disc jockey Calvin Harris, who also received a co-artist credit for "Don't Quit", the album was also comprised by several other record producers such as Nic Nac, Ben Billions, DannyBoyStyles, The Beat Bully, Schife, StreetRunner and Tarik Azzouz, among others.[9][10][11]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Shining", was released on February 12, 2017,[12] it features guest vocals from American singer Beyoncé, and American rapper Jay-Z, with production by Khaled himself, and Danja; as well as it was also co-written by Canadian singer PartyNextDoor.[13] It premiered following the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, peaking at number 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[14]

"I'm the One" was released as the album's second single on April 28, 2017.[15] The song features guest appearances from Canadian singer Justin Bieber, alongside American rappers Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne. It also saw production from Khaled himself, as well as being co-produced by Nic Nac. "I'm the One" debuted at number one, becoming Khaled's first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100; as well as also topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.[16]

"Wild Thoughts" was released as the album's third single on June 16, 2017.[17] The song features guest appearances from Barbadian singer Rihanna, and American singer Bryson Tiller, with production by Khaled himself, and Nasty Beatmakers.[18] Khaled has previously collaborated with Tiller on Major Key, however, the single marks his first collaboration with Rihanna. Khaled described his attempts to court Rihanna for a feature appearance on an album for several years in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, stating "seven, eight years I've been trying to do this. I always put the kites out there that I wanted to work with her [and] I was always getting the right record ready [to] see if something comes back that's possible."[19] The single housed elements of Latin pop and contemporary R&B, debuting at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two so far.

Promotional singles[edit]

The promotional single from the album, "To the Max", was released on June 5, 2017,[20] the single features guest appearances from Canadian rapper Drake, with production by Khaled himself, and Cool & Dre.[21] The song marked the fifth collaboration between the pair, and contained sampling from an array of musical genres, including bassline and alternative rock.[22] "To the Max" peaked at number 53 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song has been removed in some regions for unknown reasons.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[23]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[24]
Entertainment Weekly B[25]
Exclaim! 4/10[26]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[27]
Pitchfork 5.2/10[28]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, Grateful received an average score of 61, based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reception.[23]

Commercial performance[edit]

Grateful debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 149,000 album-equivalent units, of which 50,000 were pure album sales.[29] It is DJ Khaled's second number-one album on the chart,[29] on July 14, 2017, Grateful was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.[30] On August 23, 2017, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "(Intro) I'm So Grateful" (featuring Sizzla) 4:58
2. "Shining" (featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Danja[a]
4:44
3. "To the Max" (featuring Drake)
3:13
4. "Wild Thoughts" (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller) 3:24
5. "I'm the One" (featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne)
4:48
6. "On Everything" (featuring Travis Scott, Rick Ross and Big Sean)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Danja[a]
3:53
7. "It's Secured" (featuring Nas and Travis Scott)
  • Khaled
  • Rayshon Cobbs, Jr.
  • Nasir Jones
  • Webster, Jr.
  • Lyon
  • Bradley Brown
  • Collins
  • Bobby Dixon
  • Paul Henton
  • Dave Richards
  • DJ Khaled
  • 808-Ray[a]
3:39
8. "Interlude (Hallelujah)" (performed by Betty Wright)
  0:52
9. "Nobody" (featuring Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Cool & Dre
  • 808-Ray
4:31
10. "I Love You So Much" (featuring Chance the Rapper)
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Peter Cottontale
  • Fox
  • Lang
  • Starlite
4:50
11. "Don't Quit" (with Calvin Harris, featuring Travis Scott and Jeremih) Calvin Harris 3:49
12. "I Can't Even Lie" (featuring Future and Nicki Minaj)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Danja[a]
4:01
13. "Down for Life" (featuring PartyNextDoor, Future, Travis Scott, Rick Ross and Kodak Black)
5:00
14. "Major Bag Alert" (featuring Migos)
DJ Durel 4:57
15. "Good Man" (featuring Pusha T and Jadakiss)
  • DJ Khaled
  • 808-Ray
3:38
16. "Billy Ocean" (featuring Fat Joe and Raekwon)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Nasty Beatmakers[a]
3:11
17. "Pull a Caper" (featuring Kodak Black, Gucci Mane and Rick Ross)
4:06
18. "That Range Rover Came with Steps" (featuring Future and Yo Gotti)
  • Khaled
  • Anthony Tucker
  • Maurice Jordan
  • Wilburn
  • Mario Mims
  • The Beat Bully
  • DJ Khaled[a]
4:16
19. "Iced Out My Arms" (featuring Future, Migos, 21 Savage and T.I.) 4:35
20. "Whatever" (featuring Future, Young Thug, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz)
  • Ben Billions
  • Schife Karbeen
  • Eli on the Beats
  • DJ Khaled[a]
4:59
21. "Interlude" (performed by Belly)
  • StreetRunner
  • Tarik Azzouz[b]
2:18
22. "Unchanging Love" (performed by Mavado)
Troyton Music 3:27
23. "Asahd Talk (Thank You Asahd)" Asahd Khaled   0:16
Total length: 87:25

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
  • "Wild Thoughts" features background vocals from PartyNextDoor
  • "I Love You So Much" features background vocals from Lisa Mishra, Jabari Rayford, Teddy Jackson, Jamila Woods, Dariu and Carter Lang
  • "To the Max" was not included on streaming versions of the album internationally nor on Apple Music in the US; thus the track listing was cut down to 22 songs

Sample credits

  • "Shining" contains a sample of Osunlade's "Dionne", which itself samples "Walk the Way You Talk" by Dionne Warwick.
  • "To the Max" contains a sample of "Gus Get Em Right" by Jay-O and vocal samples of Jodie Aysha from her song "Heartbroken" which was remixed by T2 and "Lit" by 1WayFrank.
  • "Wild Thoughts" contains a sample of "Maria Maria" by Santana.
  • "On Everything" contains a sample of "Under the Sun" by Mark Pritchard.
  • "It's Secured" contains samples of "Dem Gone" by Gentleman and "Woman I Need You" by Sizzla.
  • "Nobody" contains a sample of "Nobody Knows" by Pastor T.L. Barrett.
  • "I Love You so Much" contains a sample of "Never Would Have Made It" by Marvin Sapp.
  • "Good Man" contains a sample of "Am I a Good Man" by Them Two.
  • "Billy Ocean" contains samples of "Ballad for the Fallen Soldier" by The Isley Brothers and "A Week Ago" by Jay-Z.
  • "Pull a Caper" contains a sample of "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins.
  • "Whatever" contains a sample of "Play at Your Own Risk" by Planet Patrol.
  • "Interlude" contains a sample of "A Man Without Love" by The Originals.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[31] 7
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[32] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 72
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[35] 2
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[36] 54
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[37] 2
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[38] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[39] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[40] 10
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[41] 35
Irish Albums (IRMA)[42] 17
Italian Albums (FIMI)[43] 13
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[44] 15
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[45] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[46] 53
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[47] 5
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[48] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[49] 10
US Billboard 200[50] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[51] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[52] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[53] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[54] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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