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On his ninth try, DJ Khaled lands his first number one album with Major Key.

DJ Khaled’s mode of operandi is about believing in yourself. Constant affirmation, determined to see his visions through, Khaled’s turn as hip-hop’s Tony Robbins has led to his greatest successes. In 2016 alone the New Orleans born, Miami based DJ has toured with Beyoncé, scored an exclusive deal with Apple Music, shifted his We The Best label to Epic Records & more. He’s the king of Snapchat and officially, he can say that his ninth studio effort is also tops on the Billboard chart.

Khaled kept needling Jay Z and company about “I Got The Keys”, Major Key‘s opening track. He bought a condo in New York, he kept mentioning to Hov about a verse. Everything he could to snag Jay Z for Major Key eventually happened. “Let me put these vibes out there,” he told the Rap Radar Podcast about the collaboration. “It’s a special time in my life!”

“We never gave up!! WE DID IT! We The Best! Team Work! – DJ Khaled

Special indeed. Khaled rounded up 32 guests for Major Key, led off with an all-star cast of rappers in Nas, J.Cole, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Drake and let the backend speak for itself. The lone dud on the album has Meghan Trainor on it. Everything else? Solid or absolutely loved. Major Key becomes the latest album to dethrone Drake’s Views from the top of the charts, selling 95,000 equivalent albums. Views takes a slight tumble to number two, selling 80,000 copies.

It’s a double win for Khaled. “For Free”, the collab he had with Drake that was Major Key‘s lead single is now the number one song in the country. However, don’t expect Views to jump back into the number one frame next week. Industry insiders predict the Suicide Squad soundtrack will earn that distinction, sliding Views anywhere from 2 to 3.

Regardless of how you feel about Khaled, he spoke prophecy. And after a decade of making wide-ranging compilations albums, he now sits on the throne as king.