Suffering From Success

Album: Suffering From Success (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track of the seventh studio album by DJ Khaled. The song features Future and Ace Hood whilst producers Young Chop, DJ Nasty and LVM supplied the soundscape. Ace Hood and Future previously worked together on the former's hit tune "Bugatti," whilst Khaled contributed to the song's remix.
  • The song's lyrical concept is how money and success can lead to problems as it brings more haters. "Got too many racks on me, I can't even go to sleep," Future croons at the beginning. Khaled told MTV News: "Real passionate when me and Future were cooking up the record. I explained to him what 'Suffering From Success' was, like my meaning behind it. He just understood and he just went in that booth with passion. You could see the veins coming out his neck and he was just talking that talk."
  • Ace Hood's verse continues to articulate the point that money and success brings fresh problems. Khaled commented to MTV News: "Ace Hood comes in and he's like... 'F--- the rolex, f--- the Cuban link chains and f--- the money and f--- the fame. F--- all that," he said. "It's just straight hunger and pain."
  • The resulting problems arising from a successful rapper's wealth is a familiar theme in hip hop. Notorious B.I.G.'s hit single "Mo Money Mo Problems" is probably the best known song to convey the downside of riches.

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