Father of Asahd is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop producer DJ Khaled, released on May 17, 2019, through We the Best Music and Epic Records.[2] It features the singles "Top Off" and "No Brainer" along with collaborations with Cardi B, 21 Savage and Meek Mill.[3][4] On May 16, DJ Khaled revealed the track listing and features, as well as that the music videos for "Higher", "Just Us", "Celebrate", "Jealous" and "Holy Mountain" would be released throughout the day of May 17, followed by the video for "You Stay" on May 18, and "Wish Wish" and "Weather the Storm" on May 20.[5] DJ Khaled scored his third career Grammy nomination with "Higher" nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance at the 62nd Grammy Awards.[6]

Father of Asahd
DJ Khaled - Father of Asahd.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)
Length54:25
Label
Producer
DJ Khaled chronology
Grateful
(2017)
Father of Asahd
(2019)
Singles from Father of Asahd
  1. "Top Off"
    Released: March 2, 2018
  2. "No Brainer"
    Released: July 27, 2018
  3. "Higher"
    Released: May 17, 2019
  4. "Just Us"
    Released: May 17, 2019
  5. "You Stay"
    Released: May 17, 2019[1]

BackgroundEdit

DJ Khaled announced the title in March 2018 upon releasing the lead single, "Top Off".[7] A year later, in March 2019, he announced the release date, in the meantime promoting the album extensively on his social media accounts.[8] He also posted a trailer for the album.[2] DJ Khaled has also teased numerous collaborations on his social media, which, along with Future, Jay-Z and Beyoncé on "Top Off" and Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo on "No Brainer", include J Balvin, Cardi B, Meek Mill, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Chief Keef, Bryson Tiller, and 2 Chainz.[2] In April 2019, TMZ reported that "Higher" featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend would appear on the album. DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, and John Legend shot the music video before Nipsey's death on March 31, 2019.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [11]
Exclaim7/10[12]
HipHopDX2.2/5[13]
NME     [14]
Pitchfork5.4/10[15]
Rolling Stone     [16]

Father of Asahd received mixed reviews among critics. On Metacritic which assigns a rating of up to 100, the album received an average of 59, indicating "Mixed or average reviews" based on 7 critics.[17]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5 and also noted in his review on the album by saying "Although instant, maximum commercial impact is no doubt the primary objective, the album does come across as more considered than the average Khaled LP."[11]

Commercial performanceEdit

Father of Asahd debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 136,000 album-equivalent units, with 34,000 copies as pure album sales in its first week.[18] In the second week, the album remained at number two on the chart, earning an additional 58,000 album-equivalent units.[19] In its third week, the album dropped to number three on the chart, earning 39,000 more units.[20] In its fourth week, the album dropped to number eight on the chart, earning 31,000 more units, bringing its four-week total to 264,000 album-equivalent units.[21] On June 17, 2019, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.[22]

ControversyEdit

On June 5, 2019, sources reported DJ Khaled was fuming at his label after Father of Asahd failed to debut at the top of the Billboard 200. "He stormed into Epic with an entourage," a source said. When projections showed his new record looked likely to come in second, "he was angry and yelling. He threw a temper tantrum," blaming the also-ran album placing on his label chiefs’ not understanding streaming services and bundle deals. A second source, who also described how disappointed Khaled was and did not hold back his displeasure, added, "No. 2 won’t do for Khaled. He was not happy when the album didn’t debut at No. 1 [...] Not happy at all." An industry insider added: "He was furious. There was some nasty stuff said. Publicly, he’s all about ‘positivity,’ but there is a mean side to him that people don't see [...] He overhyped the record and blew it up as his biggest album ever." Another insider stated Khaled "went off" when an estimated 100,000 downloads of his album that were sold through a bundle deal with an energy drink weren't included in his sales by Billboard.[23] Father of Asahd debuted behind rapper Tyler, the Creator’s fifth studio album, Igor.

On June 6, DJ Khaled posted a now-deleted video on his Instagram page that many believe was aimed at Tyler, the Creator after his album beat out Father of Asahd for the number one spot on the Billboard charts. In the video, Khaled stated, "Here's the thing, I make albums so people can play it. And you actually hear it. You know, driving your car you hear another car playing it. Go to the barber shop, you hear them playing it. You know, turn the radio on, and you hear them playing it. It's playing everywhere - it's called great music. It's called albums that you actually hear the songs. Not no mysterious shit, and you never hear it." Many people took the "mysterious shit" line to be about Tyler, who responded on Twitter when a follower told him, "Wow doin pretty good for some mysterious shit." Tyler told the follower, "yeah i am, IGOR OUT NOW."[24]

On June 10, sources reported DJ Khaled was planning a "monster lawsuit" against Billboard, alleging the organization unfairly disqualified more than 100,000 sales of Father of Asahd from the No. 1 spot.[25]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[26]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Holy Mountain" (featuring Buju Banton, Sizzla, Mavado and 070 Shake)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Major Seven
4:54
2."Wish Wish" (featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage)
3:22
3."Jealous" (featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Big Sean)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Tay Keith
  • Nova Wav[b]
4:15
4."Just Us" (featuring SZA)
3:41
5."You Stay" (featuring Meek Mill, J Balvin, Lil Baby and Jeremih)
4:35
6."Celebrate" (featuring Travis Scott and Post Malone)3:26
7."Higher" (featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Streetrunner
  • Tarik Azzouz
2:56
8."Won't Take My Soul" (featuring Nas and CeeLo Green)
4:19
9."Weather the Storm" (featuring Meek Mill and Lil Baby)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Streetrunner
  • Azzouz
2:33
10."Big Boy Talk" (featuring Jeezy and Rick Ross)
2:45
11."Freak n You" (featuring Lil Wayne and Gunna)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Joe Zarrillo
  • Ben Billions[a]
  • DJ 360[a]
3:06
12."Top Off" (featuring Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé)
3:50
13."No Brainer" (featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo)4:20
14."Thank You" (featuring Big Sean)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Streetrunner
  • Azzouz
3:06
15."Holy Ground" (featuring Buju Banton)
  • DJ Khaled
  • Ben Billions[b]
  • LVM[b]
3:17
Total length:54:25

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a miscellaneous producer
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited additional producer
  • Beyoncé is credited as "B" on the track "Top Off"

Sample credits

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[26]

Musicians

  • Maxime Breton – guitar (track 14)
  • Leah Marie – background vocals (track 14)
  • Nicky Burt – background vocals (track 15)
  • Adina Myrie – background vocals (track 15)

Technical

  • Juan "AyoJuan" Peña – recording (all tracks)
  • Oscar Moncada – recording (tracks 1, 15)
  • Vychalle Singh – recording (track 1)
  • Justus Arison – recording (track 1)
  • Mac Akkitson – recording (track 2)
  • Patrizio Pigliapoco – recording (track 3)
  • Hector Castro – recording (track 4)
  • Rich Harris – recording (track 4)
  • David Kim – recording (track 5)
  • Anthony Cruz – recording (tracks 5, 9)
  • Louis Bell – recording (track 6)
  • Joe Zarrillo – recording (track 7)
  • Vincent Mayfield – recording (track 7)
  • Garnett "G" Flynn – recording (track 7)
  • Thomas "Tomcat" Bennett – recording (track 10)
  • Manny Galvez – recording (track 11), engineering assistant (track 3), recording (track 11)
  • Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton – recording (track 12)
  • Jeff Lane – recording (track 13)
  • Brendan Morawaski – recording (track 13)
  • Josh Gudwin – recording (track 13)
  • Manny Marroquin – mixing (all tracks)
  • Chris Galland – mixing (all tracks)
  • Lu Diaz – mixing (track 1)
  • Chris Athens – mastering (all tracks)
  • OP! – engineering (track 5)
  • Chris "TEK" O'Ryan – engineering (track 13)
  • Ashley Jackson – engineering assistant (track 3)
  • Carol Dexter – engineering assistant (track 3)
  • Gregg Rominiecki – engineering assistant (track 3), recording (track 14)
  • Omar Loya – engineering assistant (track 3)
  • Robin Florent – engineering assistant (all tracks)
  • Scott Desmarais – engineering assistant (all tracks)
  • Jeremie Inhaber – engineering assistant (tracks 1–11, 14, 15)
  • Hotae Alexander Jang – vocal engineering (track 7)
  • Khaled Khaled – vocal production (track 1–4, 6–11, 14, 15)

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[52] Gold 40,000*
United States (RIAA)[53] Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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