Famous American Muslims: DJ Khaled

Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975) is an American Muslim record producer, radio personality, DJ, record label executive and author. He was a radio host for the Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR “99 Jamz” and the DJ for the hip hop group Terror Squad.

In 2006, Khaled released his debut studio album Listennn… the Album. He went on to release 9 more albums between 2007 and 2011.

Khaled was born on November 26, 1975, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Palestinian parents who had immigrated to the United States. His brother Alec Ledd (Alla Khaled) is an actor. He has described himself as a devout Muslim. His parents were musicians and played Arabic music. Khaled started developing an interest in rap and soul music at a young age, and his parents supported his interest. He worked in a local record store which helped to lay foundations for his music career.

During his early career, Khaled became acquainted with several young artists and helped them before their breakthrough; these include Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Mavado. One of his first jobs was at the New Orleans record store Odyssey where he met both Birdman and Lil Wayne in 1993.

In 1998, he moved to Miami and co-hosted The Luke Show on WEDR “99 Jamz” with 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell. In 2003, he started hosting a weeknight radio show on 99 Jamz. During his career, Khaled has used many monikers including Arab Attack, Big Dog Pitbull, Terror Squadian (used during his time with the hip hop group Terror Squad), Beat Novacane (a moniker under which he produces beats), The Don Dada, Mr. Miami etc. Khaled has stated that he used the moniker Arab Attack for music as in saying “attack with music”, but it was soon discontinued by him after September 11 attacks since he felt that using it would seem disrespectful and offending towards those who suffered due to the attacks.

In late 2015 to early 2016, a number of Snapchat videos of Khaled’s detailing his “key to success” received significant attention on the internet due to his larger-than-life persona, mainly popularized by the YouTube channel h3h3Productions. This newfound online recognition caused him to gain popularity; becoming an “internet phenomenon”, with some now describing him as a “living meme” or “meme in human form”.

Khaled is engaged to Nicole Tuck, who gave birth to their son Asahd Tuck Khaled on October 23, 2016. Khaled garnered national attention after he made the decision to stream the birth live on his Snapchat account.

In 2016, Khaled wrote a book, The Keys, which includes his opinions on success, recounts life stories, and describes contributions from other music moguls. That same year hid son Asahd was born and Khaled posted a video to his Instagram showing him playing the Muslim call to prayer Adhan to his newborn son.