A fan paid to protect in a reproduction of DJ Khaled's sneaker closet : NPR

NPR’s Michel Martin speaks with DJ Khaled fan Daniel Wubneh about staying in an Airbnb which will be a reproduction of the hip-hop star’s sneaker closet.


DJ Khaled is most interesting acknowledged for his MegaMix cuts and lots of catchphrases.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “WILD ideas”)

DJ KHALED: (Rapping) We the proper music.

MARTIN: however now he is added one other line to his resume – Airbnb host. final week, in collaboration with the agency, he invited friends to Miami to e book a comfy getaway in a closet. however it certainly’s strategy cooler than that. it is actually a reproduction of the hip-hop star’s enormous sneaker closet, and it holds tons of of sneakers. Daniel Wubneh was actually one of many fortunate friends. he is a forty two-yr-previous heart specialist who lives in Florida, and he says he is been a DJ Khaled fan for 20 years.

DANIEL WUBNEH: I first started listening to DJ Khaled again in my school years when he first was working with, you understand, Terror Squad and was doing a quantity of collaborations, as he nonetheless is now.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “LEAN again”)

fat JOE: (Rapping) Yeah. Throw your arms inside the air proper now, man.

WUBNEH: I’ve grown up collectively with his music. I’ve always been a hip-hop fan. I revered his work ethic, his drive, his dedication to his artwork form. And so as his music has transcended over time, I’ve additionally – really feel like I’ve grown up with it.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “LEAN again”)

fat JOE: (Rapping) We from the Bronx, ny.

MARTIN: So when Dan and his spouse, Katrina (ph), study regarding the DJ Khaled Airbnb, they immediately set reminders for the second the reserving window opened. leaping on-line all by means of a lunch break, Daniel acquired his foot inside the door, so to discuss.

WUBNEH: It was virtually, like, an out-of-physique expertise. And so I textual content material my spouse, and that i used to be like, i really feel I acquired this. and he or she’s like, are you constructive? Are you critical? and that i mentioned, yeah. And so i used to be, like, sending her screenshots to, like, affirm it. It was surreal. It was virtually like a, you understand, a sense of disbelief. So we stroll in. there is a projector that is – primarily has a screenshot of album covers and taking half in songs of his. and positively one of them was “God Did,” which is actually one of my favorites.


DJ KHALED: (Rapping) DJ Khaled.

FRIDAYY: (Singing) They wished us down, however take a look at us now.

WUBNEH: And so we simply form of was sitting there, like, strolling round in awe. We immediately took pictures.


FRIDAYY: (Singing) They did not assume that we’d make it.

WUBNEH: There was a track that options SZA.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “stunning”)

SZA: (Singing) I took a flight for the Patek. You mentioned, bae, you are so dramatic, i suppose.

WUBNEH: And as you stroll throughout the room, you are listening to his music, taking a look at his sneakers, you understand, sitting on a mattress. and there is, like, two pairs of Jordans for my spouse and that i sitting on the mattress with a card written out to us, you understand, handwritten by him. So all of the expertise – I imply, it was like a sensory overload however on the identical time, residing inside the second.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “stunning”)

FUTURE: (Singing) Any time I omit on tour, do not be plotting. each time i am leaving out that door, she discuss feisty.

WUBNEH: it is larger than a closet. It appears like a very large bed room. and there is an enormous mahogany wooden cabinets that surrounds all of the room, and additionally they’re fully stuffed collectively with his sneakers. And these are all his exact sneakers, and additionally they’re all in measurement eleven. and additionally they’re different types of sneakers from all – I imply, virtually every Jordan you’d possibly presumably ever contemplate is there. So it is – sure, it is a sneaker closet, however it certainly’s tons of larger than that. It was – spacewise, it felt like a set.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “i am ON ONE”)

DJ KHALED: (Rapping) DJ Khaled.

DRAKE: (Singing) i am getting so throwed.

WUBNEH: It was solely a form of issues the place you are like, I – this might sometimes by no means happen as quickly as extra. So, you understand, you want to stay inside the second and simply try and soak it up.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “huge power”)

DJ KHALED: (Rapping) This the remix.

MARTIN: That was Dr. Daniel Wubneh. He was talking about his expertise staying in an Airbnb reproduction of DJ Khaled’s sneaker closet.

(SOUNDBITE OF track, “huge power”)

LATTO: (Singing) Mimi.

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