Jack White doesn’t understand what DJ Khaled does

White says 'Wild Thoughts' is "just Santana's song in its entirety"

Jack White has taken aim at DJ Khaled in a new interview, arguing that his recent hit ‘Wild Thoughts’ was “just Santana‘s song in its entirety”.

The producer’s 2017 single ‘Wild Thoughts’ heavily sampled Santana’s 1999 classic ‘Maria Maria’. Scroll below to listen to both songs.

Khaled performed the track with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller at the Grammys in January, with the former White Stripes frontman now sharing his confusion over Khaled’s actual role in its creation.


“It’s just Santana’s song in its entirety,” White told Rolling Stone, sarcastically adding: “It was nice of DJ Khaled to sit down and write and perform and record that – that was good of him! He’s an incredibly talented man. There’s no doubt about that. He does so much!”

Khaled kicked off his Grammys performance by saying, “They said I’d never perform at the Grammys. They played themselves”.

White has now responded: “He said, ‘They told me I would never be on the Grammys.’ Really? Like, ‘Hey, man, like, I know you’re headed to lunch, but I just wanted to let you know that you’ll never be on the Grammys!'”

Khaled previously responded to speculation over what role he plays in his music, telling NME last year: “When I work with artists, I try to bring the greatness out of them. They’re already great, but I want the greatest… I’m in Quincy Jones mode.”


Elsewhere in his Rolling Stone interview, White said that he “highly doubts” the White Stripes will ever reunite, while also adding: “In a lot of ways, The White Stripes is Jack White solo”.