When I first heard of DJ Khaled over a decade ago, I had no idea what his role in a song was apart from yelling his name and “WE THE BEST!”. His style of getting big artists from different genres to make songs together has been his niche throughout his career and Father of Asahd follows the same trend. Yes, some songs he makes are good but that doesn’t save the whole album for the reasons I’m about to explain.
Father of Asahd is DJ Khaled’s 11th studio album; a 15-track album that lasts 55 minutes long. He began teasing a new album when he released No Brainer, a rehash of the one. It’s funny how a rehash can still do well in today’s world. Top Off was actually the first single of the album and it wasn’t off to a good start. It somewhat gave us a taste of what we were about to get ourselves into when the album dropped.
Here’s everything you need to know about DJ Khaled, he doesn’t actually produce the songs. He is more of a visualizer of how the song should be. He teams up with prolific music producers, comes up with a good beat and sees who’ll be fit to be in the song. That’s the rough idea. You can go here if you want to learn more.
Father of Asahd’s production is good. No surprise there as he always makes sure that is good. I mean, that’s why he yells We The Best all the time right? Unfortunately, that’s the only good thing about the production. I consider everything else to be an issue:
- #1: This is not a well-paced album. I like how it began then gets bland in the middle and the trend continues until the end. There are some good songs but the overall listening experience isn’t good at all.
- #2: You must be familiar with the likes of Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Rick Ross being featured all the time. Guess what? They’re still here. Their presence doesn’t help the quality of the songs. I don’t like Jealous btw.
- #3: Some collaborations just don’t work. No Brainer is a true example of this. Pairing big artists like Bieber, Quavo, and Chance The Rapper doesn’t mean the output will be excellent. It’s actually a mess. The same goes for The Carters teaming up with Future. How does that happen?
- #4: Mixing genres doesn’t work well. I’m aware that he has been doing that for some time now but someone needs to tell him it ruins the experience. Moving from Dancehall to Rap to “RnB” can leave you confused.
- #5: It’s long. Yeah, I wouldn’t let it slide. 12 is the optimum number.
As I said, there are some good songs like Wish Wish and Higher. Thank You isn’t bad either.
Issue #4 is brought up once again here. You have “RnB” songs (Jealous, Just Us and You Stay), Real Talk (Higher, Won’t Take my Soul, Weather the Storm and Thank You), typical rap songs (Top Off, Wish Wish) and Dancehall songs (Holy Mountain and Holy Ground).
This, once again, affects the pacing of the album. One can enjoy individual songs, which is fine. Putting all those songs together as an album is a whole different story. I can listen to Higher all I want without caring for the others because it’s just not good when you listen to the whole album.
Father of Asahd has some good songs but the overall package is not good. DJ Khaled has once again proven that he can bring artists together and make good music but it doesn’t work all the time. 6.5/10.