As the sun beams on the sultry streets of Miami, Florida, DJ Khaled wastes no time jumping into his 2004 black Range Rover and perusing the area while his own work blasts from the sound system. The black-on-black ride, with its 23” chrome Antera type 431 wheels is perfect for a man constantly on the move, from producing beats for some of the biggest names in hip-hop, to DJing everywhere and holding down his own radio show. And when the Range is getting a break, the 29-year-old Bigdawg Pitbull and Terror Squadian flosses in his 2004 BMW 745 with its 22” chrome GFG Trento 5s wheels.
“That’s how I like to roll, just real ‘Don’ status,” he explained while parking the Range. “A ‘Don’ can’t be in just any car! I love cars, I love luxury. My first car was a BMW M3 the day I got my license. And now, I’m seriously looking into the Bentley GT.”
And judging from the way this Palestinian Americans’ track record is going, the GT might only be the beginning. Steadily focused on his show - The Takeover - on 99 JAMZ airing weekdays from 6 PM to 11 PM, DJ Khaled remains dedicated to his turntablist background. But after producing two songs on the Terror Squad album, two on Fat Joe’s upcoming solo project, tracks for Fabolous, Remi Martin, Tony Sunshine, Pitbull, Trick Daddy and Lil’Kim’s upcoming cd, to name a few, this man is about to be world renowned for something other than spinning at the hottest clubs.
“I started DJing and producing at about the same time,” he said. “But I just focused more on one than the other. I want to take my musical talent to a whole new level; I just love music.”
For Khaled, that love began early on as he would b-boy and battle in his early stomping grounds of North Carolina. Garnering his first set of turntables at the age of 12, he began building a name for himself through the years playing at local clubs, halls, and parties.