Ben Diehl; Kevin Mayer; Alfred Lazaro; Tony Rey; Elliot Carter
Kanye West; Keith McMasters
Number of Discs
69m : 49s
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kevin Mayer (guitar).
Audio Mixers: Luis Diaz; Fabian Marasciullo.
Recording information: Alburna Studios, Miami, FL; Audio Vision, Berlin, Germany; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; Hit Factory, Miami, FL; Jerusalem Studio, Miami, FL; Panic Room, Miami, FL; PS West Studios, Atlanta, GA; South Beach Studios.
Photographer: Earl "The Maverick" Randolph.
Miami radio fixture, mix-tape scene mainstay, and a member of Fat Joe's Terror Squad (Fat Joe executive produced the album and appears on two tracks), DJ Khaled released his debut album, LISTENNN..., in 2006. Loaded up with an all-star line-up of guest MCs--from Dirty South thugs like Bun B and Chamillionaire, to East Coast hardcore figures like Jadakiss and Juelz Santana, to Kanye West and reggaeton star Pitbull--Khaled packs his tracks with more than enough frenetic, synth-driven bounce to the ounce to keep them noticeable amidst the overcrowded field of early-2000s thugged-out party rap.
Spin (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n ebullient clutch of Southern party tracks, shifting stylistically from Atlanta to New Orleans to Houston....The real action is in the beats."
Vibe (p.144) - "[The album] pounds away on eardrums by cohesively blending heavy-synth bounce, pensive contemplation, and an ode to the South's saccharine car colorings..."
XXL (Magazine) (p.132) - "[T]he production duo brings cohesiveness to the album....[With] inspired collaborations like the Miami anthem 'Born N Raised'..."