DJ Khaled is synonymous with Miami, the city where his radio career took off and he currently calls home, but what a lot of people might not know is that the Epic Records hitmaker was actually born and raised in New Orleans.
Of course, while a simple Google search or visit to his Wikipedia page would reveal that information, lifelong Miamian and record industry veteran Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell of 2 Live Crew fame recently reminded everyone in a video that hit the internet this morning.
"DJ Khaled is another settler," Campbell told his Snapchat followers. "He came from New Orleans, he went to Orlando, couldn't get on air as a DJ in Orlando, then he came down here to Miami, got on air at Mixx 96, the underground radio station, I heard him on the radio, and then I brought him to light, to the mainstream on 99 Jamz."
In addition to reminding the world that Khaled isn't from Miami and that he's the primary reason the larger-than-life personality managed to build a name for himself in the 305 radio market, Campbell, who has been in the music business for 31 years, also made clear that despite the perception among unknowing millennials that Khaled is Miami, the OG Miami community knows better.
"This guy don't run shit down here neither," Campbell continued. "He just scream Miami out. He need to be screaming out New Orleans."
While it's true that Khaled wasn't born in Miami, that is where he was able to land a job in radio. As someone who used to work in radio a long time ago—it will be 10 years ago next month—it's imperative that you leave your hometown to gain employment. Unless you live in a rural town, it's almost impossible to net a primetime on-air position in your own backyard as your first major gig that won't force you to sleep in the backseat of your car and eat baked beans out of a can for dinner.
The most likely impetus behind Campbell's remarks on social media is a mixture of jealousy and frustration. Campbell made a name for himself in the '90s, he was the first person to put Miami on the hip-hop map and he personally gave Khaled a chance to shine in his hometown. But unlike in 1989, when 2 Live Crew was the center of attention in Miami thanks to their 2x Platinum album As Nasty As They Wanna Be, Khaled is now the center of attention. Campbell sees the No. 1 records, he sees the acclaim, and he's pissed.
And we thought the new generation versus past generation conversation was only amongst rappers.