Over the past year, DJ Khaled has grown into one of pop music’s most delightful social media presences, constantly Snapchatting his fans images of his day-to-day activities along with helpful maxims like “major key” and “we the best.” Khaled’s camaraderie with fellow musicians will soon result in Major Key, an album full of star-studded collaborations. The first of those, a song with Drake called “For Free,” hit the internet Friday.
As usual, Drake’s lyrics discuss his problems with women, and swerves straight into the title’s similarity to a track from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly: “like your boy from Compton said, you know this [expletive] ain’t free” (the track first premiered on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show, so only the clean version is available for now). Khaled himself comes in at the end to once again rage against the omnipresent, villainous “they” (another recurring theme of his social media presence). “They don’t want me to have another anthem, so I made sure I got another anthem,” Khaled shouts.
Major Key still doesn’t have an official release date – perhaps understandable, since DJ Khaled is currently performing as the opening act on Beyoncé’s Formation tour. Lots about the album is still vague, but this won’t be the only Drake appearance on Major Key, Khaled promises.
““You’re going to have amazing records with me and Drake on there,” Khaled told EW in May. “It’s going to be unbelievable. I’ve got records, with an ‘s,’ with me and Drake — I want to make sure I clarify that.”
Listen to DJ Khaled’s full interview with Zane Lowe below, in which “For Free” first premiered. It is now available for purchase on iTunes.