DJ Khaled
Victory


1.5
very poor

Review

by Bulldog USER (114 Reviews)
March 8th, 2010 | 50 replies | 7,036 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dear DJ Khaled, You are not a hero and your albums are not good. Kthxbai

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

In life, there’s people that people that hustle. In life, there’s people that grind. And there’s We The Best music, who make history. History is something that cannot be forgotten. I have been through every road block. I have seen and overcome the evilest hate ever that mankind has ever witnessed. They told me no, and I told them yes. I have helped so many, and some have forgotten. I have been challenged, and I always win. I have been through wars, and come out with no scars. I have been tested, and I always pass. This album contains my pain, my blessings. The stars on this album is my voice, the drums on this album is my heartbeat. People feel victory is just a win, victory is a struggle: a journey of life. Victory is accomplishment, victory is a survival. When you’re on your way to the top, they cheer for you. When you reach the top of the mountain, they want you to die. I speak through my music – I’m So Hood, We Takin’ Over, Out Here Grindin’, I Go Hard. I am the streets, you can’t stop what’s destined to win. When they say ‘Khaled’ they say ‘Warrior,’ ‘Loyal,’ ‘The Chosen One.’ It’s always the ones that’s close to you that don’t wanna see you grow. I tell them watch me now and learn. I still find a way to forgive. The more hate, the more love. Only Allah can judge me. Welcome to my victory.
- DJ Khaled speaking on Victory’s “Intro” track.

…and with this speech, DJ Khaled solidifies himself as the musical equivalent of the guy that thinks he’s saving the earth because he recycles his soda cans, and thinks he had it hard growing up because he was only middle class. Victory is some kind of pretentious. Its self-assigned global importance and pseudo-epic meaning to impoverished, struggling peoples would make me laugh…that is, if being retarded was funny. For an album that has the obvious goal of selling as many copies as possible, DJ Khaled’s disillusionment and misconception of what this album means is seriously funny. But, instead of being the ultimate musical salvage for those who are fraught, it’s just a big musical clash of styles, and a decisive failure.

With 31 different guest artists (many of them “big names,”) hailing from eleven cities, and 3.58333 artists per track, Victory is quite obviously a ploy at going platinum. The Miami-based DJ Khaled doesn’t even rap on this, only coordinating, promoting, and misguidedly allocating importance to the effort.

While most rappers do conflict themselves, the various statements on Victory just enlarge the spectrum between the preposterousness of the “meaningful” and “boastful” statements. At one point, Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em claims he has 10,000 chains dangling from his neck, and that’s impressively contradictory to the ostentatious, yet serious, intro statement previously made by Khaled.

In addition to the hypocritical, obnoxiously absurdity of Victory’s message, are the stylistic conflicts. A quick glance of the track list not only shows the mixed messages, but blatantly portrays the clash in musical styles and the wide incapability of the guests (Bun B and Nas exempt.) Pimpin’ west coast O.G.’s like Snoop Dogg don’t mix well with autotuning, ringtone-rapping club kings like T-Pain, just as snap-beat, dance rapping teenagers such as Soulja Boy shouldn’t appear on the same cut as funk-beat-killing, grown-man punchline masters akin to Bun B.

For multi-regional, unfamiliar rappers working together all on one posse cut, club beats must be employed to downplay the sheer awkwardness of the artist combinations. Other than the one decent song on the album – the title track – which employs a peaceful piano sample and gentle kicks, all the instrumentals are either synth-and-bass heavy or faux-inspirational, horn sampling tracks. Admittedly, a few of the cuts could be good, but the repetitive, formulaic attitude is simply tiring and aggravating.

Possibly the only good thing about this album is the fact that DJ Khaled’s shoutouts are kept to a minimum. However, you know an album is bad when a good Bun B simile ends badly by the same phrase being rhymed twice. Sorry DJ Khaled, but this album is insignificant and bad. Better luck next time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
IGotShotInTheFace
March 8th 2010



444 Comments


Summery is awesome. Pos'd.

Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you IGotShotInTheFace.

But hey everybody, please don't bitch about the big, long ass quote. I found it to be very necessary and helpful in constructing a view about this album.

BSX
March 8th 2010



1630 Comments


Talk about shock value

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



8221 Comments


summary is not awesome until you remove that absolutely irrelevant "kthxbai".

Also you've got a good load of awkward grammar.

Plus, some sentences that just don't make sense at all:

Victory is some kind of pretentious.
that's the whole sentence? What are you trying to say to me?
But, instead of being the ultimate musical salvage for those who are fraught, it’s just a big musical clash of styles, and a decisive failure.
how can an album decide to be a failure?
and 3.58333 artists per track
was it really that hard to say "more than three"?

You need to go through this again, as those were only examples

Digging: Metsatoll - Karjajuht

IGotShotInTheFace
March 8th 2010



444 Comments


Thank you IGotShotInTheFace.


If you put a commer after thank you, it reads funny.

'Thank you, Igotshotintheface.'

EasternLight
March 8th 2010



2695 Comments


ewww

AlexTM510
March 8th 2010



1396 Comments


DJ KHALED WE DA BEST

this guy annoys me to no end. good review...i feel like you can add a little more interms of the review...but its fine as is because idk if theres anything more u could say hah.

pos

Digging: Daniel Blomquist - measureless oceans of space

tiesthatbind
March 8th 2010



7360 Comments


DJ Khaled! We da best!

I hate this guy. Pos.

Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

DJ Khaled is worthless.

tiesthatbind
March 8th 2010



7360 Comments


He da worst.

Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

[img]http://tbohiphop.net/UserFiles/images/singles/khaled.jpg[/img]
WORLD'S BIGGEST CUNT

DeleriumTrigger
March 8th 2010



416 Comments


He's kinda sexy.

Bulldog to many small paragraphs it makes me want to eat a pepperchini!

mansondanzels
March 8th 2010



98 Comments


LOL why would you want Soulja Boy on your album?

Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

He's kinda sexy


I will destroy you. Admittance that DJ Khaled has any good qualities whatsoever results in an automatic pulverization of the cranium with a cinderblock.

Soulja Boy's getting better, actually.

ReturnToRock
March 8th 2010



3448 Comments


@styles:

Dude! Lighten up. All three examples you give are gramatically correct. The first sentence is a turn of phrase. The second uses "decisive" - this doesn't mean the record "decided" anything, it just means that it's "decidedly" a failure (for the reviewer, that is). The third one was funny, and actually a good use of sarcasm.

So while we usually see eye-to-eye, I'm going to have to berate you on this one. Lay off the kid, he did good. Pos'd.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



30295 Comments


Victory is some kind of pretentious.


No, that's gramatically incorrect. There's either words missing at the end or it was just wrong to begin with

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

DeleriumTrigger
March 8th 2010



416 Comments


look at his eyebrows, I mean come on!

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



30295 Comments


Shut up Killer

DeleriumTrigger
March 8th 2010



416 Comments


Shut up slut

tiesthatbind
March 8th 2010



7360 Comments


I dunno, it just sounds like a play on "some kind of wonderful" to me.

Sorry, I'm interrupting a troll war, don't mind me.



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