What’s the best possible gift for baby legend and executive producer Asahd Khaled? (For anyone living under a rock, that’s DJ Khaled’s famous son.)
Answer: A customized guitar and note from the iconic guitarist Carlos Santana.
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Chords from Santana’s 1999 “Maria, Maria” were sampled in DJ Khaled’s single “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. The song, which is on DJ Khaled’s recently released album “Grateful,” has proven to be a summer hit. It’s No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (just under “Despacito”) and its music video has garnered three MTV VMA Award nominations, including one for “Video of the Year.”
If “Wild Thoughts” is a wild success for DJ Khaled, the same must be true for Santana, who is surely making money from royalties to his original. Santana expressed his appreciation in a signed letter that addressed the music producer as “Dearest Mr. DJ Khaled.”
The note, in part, said:
Your passion for music to make this world a better place is a commendable and inspiring. Looking forward to sharing music and connecting with you soon.
DJ Khaled shared the note – which implies possible collaborations in the future – on social media, and of course, Baby Asahd was in tow. The internet’s best father gushed about the gift.
“Thank you for your greatness, for inspiring me to make one of my biggest records ever called ‘Wild Thoughts,'” DJ Khaled said.
DJ Khaled’s son is listed as executive producer on the “Grateful” album. It appears Baby Asahd didn’t want to be left out because he began clapping when DJ Khaled spoke about the summer sensation.
“It’s one of my biggest records in my career. You see, Asahd. He agrees,” DJ Khaled said.
Thank you #CARLOSSANTANA for the !!!Thank you !! For inspiring me to prod and orchestrate the biggest anthem out right now !!! #WILDTHOUGHTS !! I had this idea in my head for years thank your for your blessings CARLOS SANTANA !Bless up my brother @wyclefjean for your blessing !! And linking me up wit the #carlossantana @wethebestmusic @rocnation !!! FAN LUV STREAM AND KEEP IT ON LOOP #wildthoughts #djkhaled feat @badgalriri @brysontiller #GRATEFUL AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE … let me talk this into existence #GRATEFULALBUM WIN A @recordingacademy coming !
A post shared by DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) on Jul 31, 2017 at 6:31pm PDT