By 2009, DJ Khaled had already released three albums— Listennn... the Album, We the Best and We Global—chock full of star-studded collaborations like "We Takin' Over" with T.I., Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, among others, and "Go Hard" with Kanye West and T-Pain, but he had yet to work with star-in-the-making Drake, who was fresh off the release of his breakout project So Far Gone.
That August, a fan asked Khaled on Twitter if he "fux with Drake bro?" to which Khaled responded:
A Drake feature would "b nice" on a Khaled album, huh?
Thanks to Khaled's connection to Birdman and Lil Wayne, who inked Drake to his recording contract with Young Money/Cash Money that summer, Khaled made good on his prediction and landed a guest spot from Drake for "Fed Up," the first single from Khaled's fourth studio album, Victory, which was released in March 2010.
Over the past seven years, Khaled and Drake have "worked together" a total of five times, including the aforementioned "Fed Up," "I'm On One" and "No New Friends," both of which also feature Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, "For Free," and the newly-released "To the Max."
While it's likely Khaled had already secured a 16 from Drake for "Fed Up" when he replied to his inquisitive fan on Twitter, speaking—or rather, tweeting—collaborations into existence is a real thing.
Earlier this year, we highlighted producers Terrace Martin, Steve Lacy, and Teddy Walton, all of whom tweeted about working with Kendrick Lamar long before their first placement or studio session with the TDE hitmaker. Similarly, Kendrick himself practiced this tactic when he essentially solicited a prove it beat from 9th Wonder, years before he worked with the legendary producer.