Campaign Speech: DJ Khaled

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide who should be the 2016’s President of Hip-Hop.

First of all, I wanna say ALL praise to the Most High. ALL praise. 2016 was my biggest year ever.

I woke up today. Walked outside. The sun was shinin’ on me and I said, “Thank you God!” I exercised. I read some tweets from Fanluv. Sometimes, Fanluv will ask me, “Khaled, who is ‘They’? What is ‘They’? Heh. ‘They’ are your competition. ‘They’ are your haters, and that’s why I stay away from ‘They’. You know why?

Let me break it down:

‘They’ said, “Khaled, you’ll never sign with the most successful music CEO in history.” So I signed with with the most successful music CEO in history, L.A. Reid. We The Best Epic.

‘They’ said, “You’ll never have a drink deal.” So I signed three drink deals with Dussé, Belaire and Ciroc, why not?

‘They’ said, “You should stick to DJ’ing.” So I hosted the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards.


‘They’ said, “Khaled, all you’ll ever do is music.” So now I’ve got several movies and commercials coming out in 2017!

‘They’ said, “Music is the only way you’ll ever make money.” So I got sponsorships with T-Mobile, Palmer’s Lotion, Ciroc and more coming, just know. Heh, just know.

Then ‘They’ told me that I wouldn’t have a successful album. So I released Major Key with some of the biggest hits and artists of 2017. Album? Gold. “I Got The Keys“? Gold. “Do You Mind“? Gold. Heh. “For Free“? PLATINUM.

‘They’ said, “Khaled, you’re a DJ. You’ll never tour.” So what do I do? GO ON THE BIGGEST TOUR EVER WITH THE BIGGEST ARTIST OF ALL-TIME, BEYONCE.


Oh. Then ‘They’ told me that I’d never Grammy-nominated. THEN I GOT NOMINATED FOR RAP ALBUM OF THE YEAR. You can’t tell me I didn’t have the biggest year of all-time. The biggest chunes of all-time. 2016 was mine boy! We will never stop. We will never quit.

New album coming soon, and everything is top secret. In 2017, we want MORE life. MORE wins. Notice I said, “MORE”. ‘They’ will never hold us back.

Tell ‘They’, they played themselves.

Check out the other campaign speeches here.