Friday morning (June 16), DJ Khaled stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club to premiere his new Rihanna and Bryson Tiller collaborative record, “Wild Thoughts,” his latest summer anthem that will appear on his upcoming tenth album Grateful. While he spoke on the importance of hard work, his We the Best line of Air Jordan 3’s and his newfound appreciation for love as a father, the acclaimed producer took time to offer his take on Rick Ross’ much talked about Rather You Than Me cut, “Idols Become Rivals" and his relationship with Birdman.
When asked by DJ Envy what his thoughts of the record were, Khaled made sure to note his sibling-like bond with Rozay and being “too blessed” to focus on negativity.
“Ross is basically saying, ‘Khaled, he don’t complain. He keep it moving.’ I think y’all know me as a person. Y’all never heard me come and talk about people and stuff like that. He’s basically saying, ‘Yo, Khaled, You blessed. Keep winning. Don’t stop,'” Khaled told Envy, Charlamagne tha God, and Angela Yee.
But Khaled, not one to throw shade, referred to Birdman as his “friend” while acknowledging that Cash Money provided him with opportunities for which he’s more than thankful for.
“I got nothing but love for Birdman [and] Slim. They gave me an opportunity. I appreciate every opportunity that’s ever given to me. It doesn’t matter what happens to the opportunity, it’s an opportunity,” Khaled elaborated. “At the same time I have to respect the legacy of what they’ve done for the culture of Hip Hop from day one.”
While DJ Khaled certainly understands how to appreciate the finer things, the song in question, “Idols Become Rivals,” was certainly a hot topic earlier this year when Rick Ross publicly called out Birdman for his shady business arrangements regarding Lil Wayne and Khaled especially. The Chris Rock-featuring, Black Metaphor-producer hit included the tantalizing lyrics:
“How the fuck, nigga, you touch half a billion, nigga / And your team starvin', nigga / You on an island, nigga / You came to my city, nigga / I let you in my city, nigga / And what hurt me the most, nigga is how you did my brother Khaled / Nigga Khaled was loyal to you, nigga / The pain I seen in my brother's eye, nigga / FaceTimin' my nigga, nigga, he took that to the chin, nigga / That's why my nigga blessed / That's why my nigga Khaled blessed / You put my nigga in the hole, homie / I don't feel you for that, my nigga.”
Watch DJ Khaled’s interview with The Breakfast Club below: