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Watch DJ Khaled Explain How Infant Son Executive Produced New LP

‘Major Key’ producer judged four-month-old Asahd’s reactions to tracks via pooping, excited facial expressions

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!DJ Khaled explained how his four-month-old son, Asahd, executive produced the Miami hit-maker’s upcoming album, Grateful.

“He is credited as executive producer, and his attorney has his points or royalties, everything,” Khaled told the host, who rightfully laughed at the concept of a baby helming sessions for a major recording. But the Major Key producer detailed the infant’s vast role in the creative process, which involved “listening to the songs with [him], going over the business part of it, [determining] if the vocals are right, if the beats are right, if the energy’s right.”

Asahd’s biggest skill was reacting to performances with telling facial expressions. “When he [sways and smiles], those are smash hit records,” Khaled said. “[When he sways with a scowl on his face], that’s the real serious records but hits with substance. It’s a vibe, you know what I mean?”

Khaled’s son even used bodily functions to judge the merits of tracks, including recent hit “Shining,” featuring Beyoncé and Jay Z. “Believe it or not, the poops and the throw-ups are super blessings,” the producer said. “Those are actually the real good ones. He actually threw up on me while I was mixing and working on ‘Shining.’ And when he threw up on me, that’s a blessing.”

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