Goddamn was it a good year for DJ Khaled. Major Key was his 9th studio album, and at 40 years old, he had a child, a platinum-record, a book, a famous snapchat account, his own line of cocoa butter, brand recognition, and the whole music industry behind his back.
As weird as DJ Khaled might be, he’s just like all of us. He’s a rap fan. Further, he’s a likeable personality and high-up music curator. Whether the songs are great or not, it really doesn’t matter. It’s nice that Major Key holds some of the best ones yet, but it’s all in the celebration and love of rap music that makes this record good even when it’s not. With every recent rap release standing for something politically or socially huge, it’s nice to step back and just enjoy making music for the sake of making music.
Gucci Mane (or his clone), on the other hand, was released from jail this year, and boy did the legendary trap rapper make a comeback. Releasing three albums and a mixtape with Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane returned in full force, dominating a market he wasn’t even a part of just six months ago. Sure, I’ve never been a true Gucci fan, but I find his music amusing, and I value it for its importance in the history of rap music. He’s one of the greats, like it or not, and now he’s definitely here to stay. Plus, he’s reportedly got as collaborative record with Drake set for early next year.