GQ Middle East has tapped Khaled Mohamed Khaled popularly known as DJ Khaled and his 2-year-old son, Asahd Khaled for their cover personalities for its most recent issue.
The veteran hip-hop star took to Instagram to announce the cover with caption:
View this post on Instagram
New cover alert 🚨 @gqmiddleeast @gq Blessed to be on the cover wit my SON @asahdkhaled ! Thank you @GQMiddleEast!! @GQ! Issue in stores tomorrow!!! Father of Asahd in stores MAY 17 ! @wethebestmusic @rocnation @epicrecords FATHER OF ASAHD ITS NEAR ! [Photography: @sarabahbah, styling: Terrell Jones, production: Sophie Meister @ Production LA, Words: @adambaidawi , clothing by @childsplayclothing)
In the issue tagged “At long last, DJ Khaled Gets Real” Khaled who’s songwriter, producer and DJ spoke on his childhood and roots, his fatherhood journey and the high points from touring with Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Read excerpts below.
On the joys of fatherhood:
“The day Asahd came into my life is the day I became greater. Also the day I experienced the purest form of love, I always thought I knew what love was, until I met Asahd. Asahd, he came out of my queen’s belly: God and my queen delivered my son to me and to our family. When he first locked eyes with me – I’ll never forget it.”
On his humble roots:
“They came from nothing. They built the house. They used to live in one room, all on the floor, and cook on the floor. All the brothers – all my uncles – built her a beautiful home…It just woke me up to know what life is really about. That’s why my mother and father made sure I went to visit my homeland. My mum and dad worked seven days a week, selling clothes out of a truck in the flea market. I got to see a real hardworking mother and father – because they raised me at work.”
On the opportunity to open Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s double-headliner tour:
“I’ve seen how beautiful their family was, working every day, city to city, doing shows. I’m blessed for them to have invited me on their show. Even through all the shows that they had, it was family first. It was the best thing ever to happen to me. It taught me so much. It taught me how to work and balance.
Now, everybody around me knows: don’t worry about me, worry about my son and my queen. I’m a father. And then the minute it’s time to go on stage, I go do something that I love. The other best feeling is watching my son watching me perform. It’s beautiful, man. I wouldn’t change nothing. I’m about to work even harder. Jay-Z told me, ‘You think you’re great now? When you have a kid, you’re going to be greater.’ Boy, he was not lying. He was right again.”
Photo Credit: GQ Middle East
By Sarah Oyedo