20 of the Best Lyrics From DJ Khaled’s ‘Grateful’ Album
The come up is one of the most exciting aspects of hip-hop. A relatively unknown or underdog overcomes adversity or a lack of resources and finds the willpower within themselves to beat the odds, be crowned a champion and partake in its spoils. One of the more recent figures in hip-hop to find himself on the other side of the come-up is DJ Khaled. He's a veteran DJ and tastemaker who just recently reached the peak of his success and popularity after more than a decade of keeping his name in the mix while coping with the trials and tribulations that come with life in the industry.
Khaled first gained traction during the early aughts due to his reputation in the Miami rap scene and his affiliation with Fat Joe's Terror Squad faction. He released his debut album, Listennn... the Album, on Koch Records, where he would continue to release compilation albums of collaborations he helped mastermind, turning him into one of the more powerful liaisons in hip-hop. In 2011, Khaled would take his talents to Cash Money Records, releasing three albums before splitting with the label in 2014. However, 2015 would be a year of transition for DJ Khaled, as the head of We The Best would see his star rise due to social media antics and a zen-like air of positivity and gratitude that captivated and intrigued the public, culminating in his ninth studio album, Major Key, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and earning him a gold plaque.
Having climbed the ranks and completed his come up, DJ Khaled returns with Grateful, the highly-anticipated follow-up to Major Key, and an album dedicated to his newborn son Asahd, who appears on the album's cover and is credited as executive producer. Featuring appearances from A-list superstars like JAY-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Justin Beiber, Drake, Future, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Migos, Grateful is easily among the more blockbuster releases of 2017 and is sure to make a heavy impact on radio, the clubs and beyond throughout the next few months.
After checking out what Khaled, Asahd and company have cooked up, we share 20 of the hottest lyrics from Grateful that piqued our interest. Enjoy.
"Diamonds dripping on me, she know who the one/Two seaters every season and I just begun/Aquafina, she dripping puddles on a sunny day/Multi-million dollar plays and that's a hundred ways/Fuck a fashion, we come mashing out her man's seats/Top down, JFK, I pray he get impeached/Say no names, Supreme underwear and like 80 chains/Hundred for the rich forever perspective, never change" - Rick Ross
"Boy, I'm a Caesar, I see shit and seize it/Roc-A-Fella chain, but you can still get Ethered/Yeah, they don't really fucking feel me man/But when you really run it they try and clip your Achilles/I'm on track to a billi', I got Khaled fuckin' with me/That mean I got the Holy Key and the key to the city" - Big Sean
"Or so we thought speedin' through life like/The speed of sound, what's your life like?/Momma stressin', seen the ratchets in the dresser/She not asking questions, seen the vests/Seen other kids in the caskets restin'/Life ill, ’cause most of my niggas in jail/For them it was hustle or death, I reshuffled my deck" - Nas
"Resort to violent reactions, that's childish/My life's a dream to rappers, afraid they moments have past 'em/It's all different hustles/Niggas movin' bricks/Young niggas rappin', doin' shows, hittin' they licks/Everybody hold their shmoney in pics/Don't get robbed; boy, is you dumb/All them swipers gettin' it how it come" - Nas
"I just got back from where they said I couldn't get back from/And I thank God, I thank God that I made it/They surprised, they surprised that I made it/Heart is like diamond keep blindin' their faces/I wonder how I keep finding these places/I can explain how it feels to be patient/Killing the drama, we finally made it" - Alicia Keys
"I got something inside of me that can't be quenched/I'm addicted to winning and I can't be benched/Go to war for every black queen that they lynched/And my pockets on chubby but they can't be pinched/After they use you, then they abuse you/Then they get mad when they lose you" - Nicki Minaj
"Drip lil' baby down in VVS'/Cuban link, girl that's a new connection/It's me and you 'cause we in the selection/Throw it back like it's your new profession/Yuh, like you get paid for it/Good brain like you get grades for it/Woodgrain, you got a taste for it/Leather soft, your body made for it" - Travis Scott
"Lamborghini got a S/Parking lot look like a movie/My sex drive leave her woozy/Got my B-A-B-Y in the two-seat/I ain't, I ain't even got no time to talk/It's all up to you, baby/Diamonds dancing on my rubies/Savage mode is on ruthless" - Future
"King of the Patek, clarity showing without even knowing/Jump out that Lambo with the red bottoms on/The capital going up, I been heavy in Florence/Duffel of Franks just to boost my endurance/Two number ones in a row, I sit back on the Ac' and sit low in that Ghost/Lamborghini got a S, Sierra Leone baguettes/The gold from my neck it done got in my flesh" - Future
"Queen back in the U.S./Low iron but you pressed/Who lied and said you next?/Crying emojis in my group texts/Stay in your bum-ass duplex, it's Minaj, no group sex/Queen never shuffle, you deal/Just turned down a $4 million shoe deal" - Nicki Minaj
"The season success, six reasons I'm blessed/Secret societies, he seems so possessed/First you master the hustle, then you conquer the struggle/Now I'm stacking my numbers, just like they tackles and fumbles/Every week, there's pictures of different bitches kissing me/But the one that stole my heart, that's still a mystery" - Rick Ross
"Piggy-back come in from L.A./I'ma go ’Ye with the runway/Major bag alert with the Kim K/Wanna big 3,000, André/I could throw the money John Elway/Two Peak Patek, no Pele/Shoot out the booth, no shell case/I speak the truth from the membrane" - Takeoff
"President Push, I'm more Eric B/I ain't no joke, check out my melody/Felony, felony, felony, that's all they selling me/But two million in large bills is bailing me/I was on the wrong side of the law/Like Pac was on the wrong side of the car/Like B.I.G. at the Soul Train Awards/The moral is all grace been driven" - Pusha T
"We can't occupy the same space/We ain't even running the same race/When it come to these bitches, it ain't the same chase/Moynat versus lean, we ain't the same taste/Therefore, it's no comparison/To be mentioned with you niggas is embarrassing/I am one Joe blow, you know my narrative/Clear your sinus like Claritin" - Pusha T
"It's the Dapper Don going on a trapathon/Serving coked out food and kush, I call it a triathlon/In a red Don with an Amazon/She pissed me off, I just found out she got her panties on/A year ago seen niggas get stabbed over honey buns/It may sound funny to you, found out he got punctured lungs" - Gucci Mane
"It's do or die on my side of things/Destiny is my livelihood/I'm Iverson with the long braids/Three cellphones with the gold fronts/Wild thing ’til I Yao Ming/Five rings, past nine seasons/Big money, that's our thing/Heavyweight, I Ali 'em/Featherweight how I leave 'em/Heaven's sakes, God's need ’em/Bob weave rock the Colosseum/I'm the biggest nigga, you got gonorrhea" - Rick Ross
"That new Mulsanne got the brain bust open/Play them racks like Jimi Hendrix on the guitar/Load my gun, cock it back then I push start/I can't name how many times they tried to clone me/This dirty money help me see the double/Sidity thots, know they ain't forever/My trials and tribulations playing out on blogs" - Future
"Dope boy, I ain't never wanna be a rap nigga/Billboard reporter L.A. Reid just signed a trap nigga/New York Times read Jay Z just signed a trap nigga/Kitchen like it's Thursday, you heard? Might bring it back nigga/You fuckin' the money up if I'm being honest/Gotta be grateful I never break the promise" - Yo Gotti
"Lambo wings, fly out the nest/We do not settle for less/I'm in the ghost with no head/I'm thankin' the Lord 'cause I'm blessed/And some of my niggas, they dead/Pockets on Gotti/We pull out the street in big body/Might pop a wheelie, Kawasaki/We make the profit and cop it/As soon as they drop it/Money fallin' out of my pocket" - Migos
"The spoils of war are used to take the drugs out the foil/Man these arms can't reach you, AR's won't recoil/Goddamn, I might marry a heiress and move to Paris/Fuck the carriage baby, let's go disappear and just perish/Thirty karats in the gold/I wear it to cherish the kings from which we inherit/My chariot is McLaren" - Belly