'I'm making every record one of the biggest anthem,' he says of the star-studded collection
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DJ Khaled is currently canvassing America with Beyoncé as the opening act on her Formation Tour, but he’s also preparing his ninth studio album Major Key. “The record’s gonna drop soon come, like literally soon,” the 40-year-old record producer and Snapchat mogul told EW on Thursday. “New music is coming real soon and the album is coming soon come.”

Khaled confirmed that Major Key — his first album since signing to Epic Records and recruiting Jay Z as his manager earlier this year — will be a star-studded affair. “You’re going to have amazing records with me and Drake on there,” he said. “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.”

Khaled continued: “Then I’ve got another record with me, Future, and Jay Z. I want to clarify and make sure everybody knows that I have two verses from Jay Z on this record with me and Future. Amongst other artists, me and Kanye, we talking right now about making something special. Me and Ross. Ross is definitely on the album. Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Travis Scott — the list goes on. I’m giving you some gems early just so you all know I’m super serious. There’s a lot more hidden gems.”

But while the album’s roster might sound like a comprehensive who’s who of current hip-hop and pop music, there’s one remaining artist Khaled would love to collaborate with. “I want to make music with Beyoncé,” he said. “I’m just getting closer and closer, but at the same time I’m scared to even ask her. I don’t know how to maneuver this. So what I’ve been doing is showing her how passionate I am on stage and ripping it down.”

Beyoncé appearance or not, Khaled is confident fans will love Major Key. “My album is, to me, one of the best work I’ve ever did,” he said. “It’s a special time and it’s timeless. I’m making every record one of the biggest anthems. I’m the king of anthems.”