At midnight, DJ Khaled will release his eighth studio album, I Changed A Lot. And while Khaled, “the man,” might have changed, his album formula sure hasn’t.
Sticking to the same routine we’ve seen annually for nearly a decade, Khaled rounds up the usual suspects (Rick Ross, Ace Hood, French Montana, Vado, etc) and throws them in a pot with some of today’s fresh faces (Fetty Wap), and current stars (Future). The end result is usually a clusterf*ck of songs that range from mainstream hit (“How Many Times” x “They Don’t Love You No More“) to complete trash.
The one thing I’ve come to appreciate about a Khaled album, though, is that he always seems to include that one track that feels out of place, but is super f*ckin’ dope – J. Cole and Bas’ “Hellz Kitchen,” Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole’s “They Ready,” Scarface, Nas and Premo’s “Hip-Hop,” and a few others.
When the tracklist for I Changed A Lot was released, most eyeballs overlooked the typical Rick Ross-Future-Ace Hood combo, and focused on the fact that Jadakiss and Beanie Sigel’s names were featured on the same track! True, they somewhat collaborated earlier this year on L-Dro’s “Life We Live,” but it felt more “pieced together” than anything – plus, Beans’ voice was still f*cked from the shooting. That’s not the case with “I Lied,” where the reunion feels more genuine, and the Broad Street Bully is in full effect.
Press play on “I Lied” below and hit iTunes to cop the album.