If there is one artiste who has a knack for creating star-studded musical collaborations, it is certainly DJ Khaled.
The Palestinian-American is one of the most successful hip-hop artistes in the world today. A producer, disc jockey, radio personality, record label owner, social media sensation, rapper and author, DJ Khaled was the brain behind some of 2017 biggest hits such as “wild thoughts” and “I’m the one”.
Want to know more about this hugely successful but down to earth and fun loving personality? Read on!
Biography (Real Name, Age, Ethnicity)
DJ Khaled’s real name is Khaled Mohamed Khaled. He was born on the 26th of November 1975 in Louisiana, New Orleans, United States of America. His parents were Palestinians who had earlier immigrated to the U. S.
Khaled is Palestinian-American by nationality and Arabic by ethnicity. He inherited his passion for music from his parents who were avid lovers of Arabic music. His folks encouraged his interest in music as evidenced by the fact that he started learning how to be a disc jockey in their garage at the young age of 13. He has a brother – Alec Ledd (real name Alaa Khaled) who is an actor. DJ Khaled identifies as a devout Muslim.
The record producer started his musical career at a New Orleans record store called Odyssey. There, he connected with Birdman and Lil Wayne who were upcoming hip-hop artists at the time, this was in the year 1993. After his stint at Odyssey, he moved to Miami where he started DJing in reggae soundclashes, mixing dancehall and hip-hop. He also worked as a radio host on a Miami pirate radio station known as Mixx 93.
His larger than life persona on the city’s airwaves got the attention of Luther Campbell, a member of the Miami rap group “2 Live Crew”, who asked him to co-host his radio program, “The Luke Show,” thus, giving Khaled his first big break. This was in the year 1998 and in that same year, DJ Khaled became a member of the New Year hip-hop group known as terror squad. This group featured the likes of Dre, Fat Joe etc as members. DJ Khaled was their official DJ.
He eventually got his own solo show on WEDR 99 Jamz in 2003 and from then on, DJ Khaled never looked back, he utilized his growing popularity and connections to maximum effect and eventually released his first album Listennn… the Album in 2006 under the stable of Koch records. From 2006 to date, DJ Khaled has released a total of 11 studio albums.
His albums include – Listennn… the Album (2006), We the Best (2007), We Global (2008), Victory (2010), We the Best Forever (2011), Kiss the Ring (2012), Suffering from Success (2013), I Changed a Lot (2015), Major Key (2016), Grateful (2017), Father of Asahd (2018).
Two of these albums made it to the very summit of Billboard US top 200 charts, they are Major Key and Grateful. The second single from Grateful titled “I’m the One,” featured Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne and put Khaled at the top of the Hot 100 chart.
DJ Khaled went by various monikers during his career before settling on his own name. They include Arab Attack, Big Dog Pitbull, Terror Squadian, Beat Novacane, The Don Dada, Mr. Miami etc.
The DJ-turned-musician has received several awards and nominations during his career. He won the BET award for best DJ in 2011, 2012 and 2016. His 2017 collaboration “wild thoughts” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller won the 2017 Grammy Award for best rap/sung collaboration.
DJ Khaled is worth about thirty million dollars. This comes not just from his music empire but also his other businesses including a restaurant called ‘finger-lickin’
DJ Khaled’s Family (Wife, Son, Girlfriend)
Unlike most musicians who are usually embroiled in numerous relationships/baby mama drama and cheating scandals, DJ Khaled is a one-woman kind of man – he is married to Nicole Tuck. She is part Palestinian-American and part African-American. They were in a committed relationship for 11 years prior to getting engaged shortly before the birth of their son Asahd in October 2016, they reportedly got married after the birth of their son. Nicole also doubles as DJ Khaled’s business manager.
DJ Khaled and Nicole have one son together, Asahd Tuck Khaled born on the 23rd of October 2016. The DJ is one proud papa and never fails to show off his son on social media, he even streamed the birth of his son on Snapchat. His son who is not up to 2 years old already has an Instagram account with two million followers.
DJ Khaled is 5 feet 5 inches (1.69m) tall and weighs 106kg which makes him stand out. His hair color is black and the same applies to his eyes.