DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller Deliver the Hit Your Summer Needs

Much like when he released “I’m the One”—the first “solo” No. 1 of his career—DJ Khaled hit the horn early on Friday morning to warn his fans that he was crash landing yet again. With his star-studded new album Grateful available next Friday, Khaled has released one last blockbuster to build up the anticipation. Now you can watch the new video for “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, and directed by the inimitable Colin Tilley, above.

Khaled has been teasing the video for over a week, and for good reason. In the Miami DJ’s quest to murk the charts, it certainly helps to bring in features from megastars like Drake, Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber, but securing vocals and a video from Rihanna is how you guarantee yourself a W. That’s especially true when you pair her with the R&B upstart of the moment, Bryson Tiller, who sold out Radio City Music Hall less than a year after securing his first Billboard hit and recently launched his sophomore LP True to Self to the top of the album charts.

“Wild Thoughts” isn’t the dancehall-tinged anthem that many expected, given the tropical nature of the teases. Instead, Rih and Bryson get on their grizzly and sing-rap their way through a fascinating rework of  Carlos Santana’s “Maria Maria” and a flip of the beat from Busta Rhymes’ iconic “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See.” Both artists feel right at home— though Rihanna seems at home on just about everything these days—and Tiller, who’s been criticized for skirting his use of true melody, picks up Rih’s effortless flow right where she tapers off. To boot, PARTYNEXTDOOR rejoins forces with Rih Rih (“Work”) with his songwriting prowess. The party doesn’t stop until the track is over.

According to the official calendar, summer begins in five days, and “Wild Thoughts” is right on time. Well done, Khaled.

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