Another one! DJ Khaled has connected with Drake once again for the new single, “To the Max,” from his upcoming Grateful album. The tracks’s artwork features DJ Khaled’s son, Asahd, with his infant arms stretched, sporting a boujee chain, and smiling from ear to ear.
Fast-paced, high-energy hand percussion starts off the track with DJ Khaled’s signature shout outs, “We the Best Music! The legacy continues!” Drake handles the melody and lyrics in the spirit of getting lit, singing, “Can’t think of a night that we ain’t turn up to the max.” The breakneck percussion is swapped out for a driving trap beat. Booming 808s, muffled kicks, and chopping snares tumble overtop of each other, moving the song forward in rapid rhythm. The percussion loop is added and removed again throughout the tune to build dynamics, equipped with a vocal sample that chants, “Get ’em right, get ’em right.” “To the Max” doesn’t quite feel like a new club anthem, but it’s certainly a great song for summer nights. DJ Khaled closes out the track quoting Drake from the 6 God’s More Life ad-lib, “More chune pon your head top. Watch how you speak on my name, you know?”
Previously on DJ Khaled’s Major Key album, Drake appeared on the standout track, “For Free.” It went on the rule the radio and clubs for months on end, making it fair to say the two make quite a powerful duo.
In addition to “To the Max,” DJ Khaled shared the artwork and release date for his upcoming album — it drops on June 23rd. The album cover, of course, features his beloved son, Asahd, who traded in his jersey and chain from the single cover to an epic hot tub pose. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, DJ Khaled spoke on his son’s role in the album’s production: “He is credited as executive producer, and his attorney has his points or royalties, everything.” Grateful is also set to feature the chart-topping single, “I’m the One.”