DJ Khaled has a history of lining up A-list artists to feature on his projects dating back to his 2006 album, Terror Squad Presents DJ Khaled – Listennn – The Album. Sometimes those features contain subliminal shots at other artists Khaled has relationships with. During a recent interview with DJ Semtex for BBC Radio 1Xtra, Khaled addressed the possible conflict involvedwith artists subbing each other on his records.
Around the 43-minute marker, the topic arose on Khaled’s take on subliminal disses on his tracks as Semtex alluded to 2011’s “I’m On One”, featuring Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne. One of the lines from Drizzy stirred up a bit of speculation at the time as it was seen as a jab at JAY-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne collab. “Hate these fucking allegations / I’m just feeling like the throne is for the taking / Watch me take it.”
“Sometimes there’ll be lyrics that go in the track, and I don’t catch it until the record comes out,” Khaled explained. “Sometimes I’m so excited to get the verse, and I don’t realize it’ll be a subliminal in there. At the end of the day, I get it. We all do it in a certain way.”
Considering the buzz surrounding JAY-Z’s 4:44 album and seemingly endless disses that came along with it, perhaps Khaled will sharpen his listening skills in the future and try to decipher the lyrics bar-by-bar like the rest of us. You can watch the interview in the footage below.
Ref: Hip-Hop Dx