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We the Best is the second studio album by Miami-based DJ and fellow Terror Squad member DJ Khaled. It was released on June 12, 2007, by Terror Squad Entertainment, distributed by Koch Records. DJ Khaled alongside fellow rapper Fat Joe and Allah, collectively handled as the executive producers on this album. The album was produced by Cool & Dre, Jim Jonsin, The Diaz Brothers and The Runners; as well as the guest appearances from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Trina, Paul Wall and Bun B, among others.

We the Best
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 12, 2007 (2007-06-12)
Recorded2006–07
GenreHip hop
Length65:49
Label
Producer
DJ Khaled chronology
Listennn... the Album
(2006)
We the Best
(2007)
We Global
(2008)
Singles from We the Best
  1. "We Takin' Over"
    Released: March 27, 2007
  2. "I'm So Hood"
    Released: August 28, 2007

It was supported by two singles; "We Takin' Over" featuring T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne, and the other Rick Ross-featured track "I'm So Hood" alongside T-Pain, Trick Daddy and Plies.

We the Best received a mixed reception from critics, who found some of the tracks enjoyable and engaging, but felt it was over-bloated with lesser tracks and Khaled's persistent ad-libbing throughout the album. The album debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200. As of January 2008, the album has sold 440,000 copies in the United States.

Contents

SinglesEdit

The album's first single, "We Takin' Over" was released on April 1, 2007. The song features guest vocals from American rappers T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne, alongside the musician Akon. The song was produced by Danja.

The album's second single, "I'm So Hood" was released on August 28, 2007. The song features guests vocals from American recording artist T-Pain, alongside rappers Trick Daddy, Plies and Rick Ross; whom recently featured on the track "We Takin' Over". The song was produced by the production duo The Runners.

A promotional single featuring two of the album's tracks, "I'm From The Ghetto" and "Brown Paper Bag", was released sometime in 2007. [1]

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
DJBooth     [3]
Entertainment WeeklyC[4]
HipHopDX     [5]
Pitchfork4.8/10[6]
RapReviews7.5/10[7]
Rolling Stone     [8]

We the Best received a generally mixed reception from music critics. Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews praised the album for showcasing great lyricism and production from some of the best rappers and producers working at the time but found Khaled's repeated trademark phrases annoying, concluding with: "Other than that though this album is good - hell it's even summer banger ride in your Jeep with it 'til October good. Just don't fool yourself into thinking that Khaled had anything to do with it other than putting the right people together in the right place at the right time."[7] Rolling Stone's Christian Hoard said that Khaled's beats weren't anything innovative but we're used well thanks to a huge list of guest artists and tracks like "Hit Them Up" and "Brown Paper Bag" that he credited for being "big, dumb pleasures, just begging to blast from your SUV."[8] AllMusic editor David Jeffries also praised the album for collecting a lot of capable guest artists to deliver great lyricism but found some of Khaled's catchphrases and geographical jumping through his producers as the album's shortcomings, concluding that, "Much more frustrating than a failure, We the Best earns a slight thumbs up if you think of it as a disjointed soundtrack or four-hit mixtape."[2]

Andres Tardio of HipHopDX commented on the various tracks throughout the album, saying that some of them can grab the attention of the listeners but others will feel tiring with the overabundance of guest artists and their lack of focus in the lyrics.[5] Pitchfork contributor Tom Breihan said that after the first single, the album starts to sound rote and generic with tracks that deliver more swagger-rap and less thought-provoking substance, concluding that "We the Best, it turns out, is indicative of one of the major problems with mainstream rap lately: too many rappers seem unwilling to drop their defenses and speak plainly."[6]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200, selling 79,000 copies in its first week.[9] As of January 2008, the album has sold 440,000 copies in the United States.[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro (We the Best)" (featuring Rick Ross)DJ Khaled1:57
2."The Movement (Skit)" (featuring K. Foxx)Kim "K. Foxx" Jefferson 0:22
3."We Takin' Over" (featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman and Lil Wayne)Danja4:24
4."Brown Paper Bag" (featuring Dre, Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne)
Cool & Dre4:57
5."I'm So Hood" (featuring T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross and Plies)The Runners4:15
6."Before the Solution" (featuring Beanie Sigel and Pooh Bear)DJ Khaled4:29
7."I'm from the Ghetto" (featuring Dre, The Game, Jadakiss and Trick Daddy)
Cool & Dre5:06
8."Hit 'Em Up" (featuring Bun B and Paul Wall)
The Runners3:20
9."S" on My Chest" (featuring Birdman and Lil Wayne)
Kane Beatz4:10
10."Bitch I'm from Dade County" (featuring Dré, Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross, Brisco, Flo Rida and C-Ride)The Diaz Brothers5:48
11."The Originators" (featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony)Cool & Dre6:18
12."New York is Back" (featuring Ja Rule, Fat Joe and Jadakiss)
Cool & Dre5:54
Notes
  • On the Wal-Mart edition, the track "Hit 'Em Up" was being removed from the track listing on the album.
  • "Intro (We the Best)" and "**** I'm from Dade County" both do not included the vocals from Rick Ross in some markets, only included on the Best Buy edition.
Sample credits
  • "We Takin' Over" contains a sample of "C.R.E.A.M." performed by Wu-Tang Clan.
  • "Brown Paper Bag" contains a sample of "If I Can't Have You" performed by Yvonne Elliman.
  • "S" on My Chest" contains a sample of "Get Your Shine On" performed by Birdman.

PersonnelEdit

Credits for We the Best adapted from AllMusic.[11]

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (June 15, 2007). "We the Best". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Tardio, Andres (June 11, 2007). "DJ Khaled - We The Best". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (June 28, 2007). "DJ Khaled: We the Best". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Juon, Steve 'Flash' (June 19, 2007). "DJ Khaled :: We the Best :: Koch Records". RapReviews. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (May 31, 2007). "We the Best : DJ Khaled : Review". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
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