DJ Khaled – Higher ft. Nipsey Hussle, John Legend (Video)
Nearly two months after Nipsey Hussle was gunned down outside of his Los Angeles clothing store, DJ Khaled released what might just be the rapper’s final music video for their joint track “Higher,” giving fans the opportunity to feel his “enlightened soul” one last time.
The clip opens with Nipsey, who’s dressed in an all-blue ensemble, reminiscing about his grandmother and the memories he’s created with his family while walking around a Los Angeles neighborhood.
“Los Angeles love, kinda of like Hussle and Boog,” Nipsey raps of his girlfriend Lauren London, using her nickname Boogie. Nipsey and London, both from Los Angeles, had been dating for six years at the time of his death.
“Mani turned ten, Kross turned two,” Nipsey continues in reference to the couple’s son and his daughter from a previous relationship. R.I.P Nipsey!
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Khaled first gained prominence as a radio host in the 1990s, whereby after moving to Miami, he hosted the show “99 Jamz” on urban music radio station WEDR; the show’s popularity later prompted hip hop group Terror Squad to hire Khaled as the DJ for their live performances.
After gaining some production credits on the group’s material, Khaled then transitioned into curating albums, releasing his debut studio album Listennn… the Album in 2006, which earned gold certification.
He followed that up with the album We the Best (2007), which contained the top 20 single “I’m So Hood”. His subsequent two releases — We Global (2008) and Victory (2010) — were released after the founding of Khaled’s record label We the Best Music Group. Both albums charted within the top ten on the US Billboard 200, with the latter containing the single “All I Do Is Win”, which was eventually certified triple platinum.
His fifth studio album We the Best Forever (2011) also saw similar commercial success, and helped bring Khaled to international prominence, as it featured the song “I’m on One”, which became his first top ten hit. His sixth and seventh album, Kiss the Ring (2012) and Suffering from Success (2013), charted in the top ten on the Billboard 200, and his eighth studio album, I Changed a Lot (2015), peaked at number 12.
In 2015 and early 2016, Khaled gained worldwide attention as a media personality, and subsequently attained a large following on social media. This foresaw the release of his ninth studio album Major Key in 2016. The album attained wholesale critical and commercial success; it debuted atop the Billboard 200, it was certified gold, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.
He released his tenth studio album, Grateful, in 2017, which contained the singles “I’m the One” and “Wild Thoughts”, which charted at number one and number two on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and was also certified platinum. His eleventh album, Father of Asahd, was released in 2019.
Outside of music, Khaled has also gained success as a writer, with his book The Keys featuring on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has also featured as an actor, starring in Spies in Disguise (2019), and is due to appear in Bad Boys for Life (2020).