It’s an album off! well sort of… There are lots of new album flying out and I’d like to review them all but I’m just one man and also a lot of them aren’t even worth reviewing. I’ll get to Jay-Z’s album eventually, or maybe not. Anyway, since it’s summer, a lot of artists are battling it out for the song of the summer or better yet the album of the summer. This of course applies to the mega-famous chart topping producers with albums packed to the brim with the hottest artists, a lot of overlap, in the music industry. Currently the two front runners are DJ Khaled with Grateful and Calvin Harris with Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1. I’d include links to DJ Khaled’s videos but they aren’t available on this side of the world because he ain’t a real Khaled.
On one side, the Snapchat Don, DJ Khaled has a 22 track opus featuring Beyonce, Jay- Z, Future, Chance, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, Pusha T, and about 78 more people including Calvin Harris himself. In terms of a sheer number of features and number of tracks, DJ Khaled has Calvin Harris beat.
This isn’t to say Calvin Harris is short on features, with his album bringing in Pharell, Snoop Dogg, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q, Travis Scott Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Future, and the best new pop artist out there, Khalid, though with only 10 tracks, its definitely hard to top DJ Khaled.
But this isn’t a popularity contest, well maybe just a little bit. But it all comes down to who has better tracks. It comes down to who has music you can listen to on the beach, at a party, or on the radio. It comes down to has those tracks that’ll you’ll play on repeat until you get sick of them, and in this case, I’m gonna give it to Calvin Harris. The album isn’t your typical summer album, and that’s what makes it a great summer album. DJ Khaled has some bangers with Wild Thoughts and I’m The One, he also has a feature from the incomparable Nas but Calvin has a whole album. Check out both though, and you decide where your allegiances will lie this summer.