DJ Khaled Talks Making "Higher" Record & Music Video With Nipsey Hussle

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"I told him we're gonna win a Grammy."

(AllHipHop News) On Friday, the world was blessed with the new DJ Khaled music video for "Higher" featuring the late Nipsey Hussle and John Legend. The clip is referred to as the last MV starring Hussle.

Last week, Khaled spoke to Zane Lowe for Apple Music's Beats 1. The Father of Asahd album curator broke down how "Higher" came together before Nip's tragic death on March 31.

"Thank God for me to be able to work with a king like Nipsey Hussle. When we made the record it was special because we had a real conversation before we made the record," recalled Khaled. "We had lunch, and we was talking nothing about music, we was just talking about real life. We was talking about family. I was talking about my kids. He was talking about his kids. So, I'm just learning all this stuff at lunch with him."

Khaled continued, "So, after lunch, we walked to the studio. I was still amazed at the beautiful things he was telling me. I was like, 'Man, one day, you should put that in a song.' I wasn't even thinking about the song we're about to record. I was just thinking as a Hip Hop fan. I'm like, 'I know when Nas, Jay, Pac, and Biggie made records, they talked about their life.' So, I told him, 'You're a big boy rapper.' I kept telling him, 'I know where you're going. I know this.'"

According to Khaled, Nipsey recorded the demo verse right there in the studio. The We The Best executive added, "I was so excited. I don't know how to control myself with excitement, so I was like, 'On the second verse, the beat changes up.' I'm like, 'Yo, you should, when the beat changes up, just go hard.' He looked at me. I think he thought I only wanted one verse because usually on my records I got a bunch of artists. So, I was like, 'Nah, I need two verses.'"

Nipsey apparently finished the song separately in Los Angeles. Khaled and Hussle linked up again, along with John Legend, to shoot the "Higher" visuals which were directed by Eif Rivera.

"The vibes were just beautiful up top on the rooftop. Because, when you sing this song, it's just real gospel," said DJ Khaled. "We get the video. I think it was four days after that... [Hussle was killed]. You know what I'm saying? It's been hard for me to watch the video and listen to the song, but also, it's very beautiful."

DJ Khaled announced that all the profits from "Higher" will go to Nipsey Hussle's two surviving children. The video has already amassed over 9.3 million views on YouTube in its first four days on the platform.

Comments (9)

Makes it better to know he was into him before the tragedy. The world is so sick I jumped straight to negative thoughts. Now maybe I should listen to the record?


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