DJ Khaled – Sorry Not Sorry Ft. Nas & JAY-Z | Lyrics Meaning & Song Review


“Sorry Not Sorry” is the tenth track from DJ Khaled’s 2021 album “KHALED KHALED”. It is the most decorated track on the album with features from Nas, Jay-Z, James Fauntleroy and Harmonies from The Hive. Who is Harmonies by The Hive? Let’s find out.

Although DJ Khaled seems to be running out of album names, he still seems to be producing hits, as evidenced by the brand new “Sorry Not Sorry”. Khaled returns from his 2019 album titled ‘Father of Asahd’, named after his son. “KHALED KHALED” is DJ Khaled’s twelfth studio album released on April 30, 2021.

“Sorry Not Sorry” has four features, mostly by Nas and Jay-Z. The chorus is performed by James Fauntleroy. However, there is no direct vocal track by Harmonies by The Hive even though they are credited. Looking at who Harmonies by The Hive might be, we can’t ignore Beyonce’s tiny vocalizations throughout the track. Beyonce, the wife of Jay-Z, is also adored as Queen Bey or Queen B (bee). Bees live in hives and finally, it might make sense why Harmonies by The Hive is a thing on “Sorry Not Sorry”.

DJ Khaled had no explanation for the above, but he seemed very happy to bring all these artists together on one track; “You see the gift I gave the world. Me. Jay Z. Nas. I had James on the hook. And Harmonies by the Hive. Alright, wait. Listen. It’s a gift.

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Meaning of the lyrics of “Sorry, not sorry” and review of the song


James Fauntleroy performs the chorus of the song on behalf of DJ Khaled. He tells how he went from nothing to become one of the greatest artists in the world. He is living the dream right now. The ‘KHALED KHALED’ album is full of features from the world’s top artists from Jay-Z, Nas, Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, Justin Bieber, 21 Savage, Big Sean , Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake, Drake and many more. This shows the influence of DJ Khaled in the industry.

“Sorry not sorry” is an expression used to say that you are not sorry for what it took to get where you are today.

Verse 1

The first verse of the track is performed by Nas. All the lyrics are about the success he has achieved in life so far. He brags about his investments in companies, his partnerships with brands and how he spends his money in luxury hotels around the world. He tells how he came from the ghetto to become a citizen of the world. He is happy to have been able to get away from the ghetto which he remembers being like living two seconds from the devil. It’s a benchmark for all the poverty, gang violence and police brutality they suffer.

Verse 2

Jay-Z leaps on the second verse of the track and he has a lot to say. However, he begins by counting his wealth. Jay-Z has a net worth of $1.4 billion, a 40% jump following his brand deals with LVMH and Square Inc. Jay-Z sings about how he’s headed for $2 billion, and he knows that the enemies do not have on his first billion. While the second billion fortune is in sight, he does not forget his first B-Beyonce.

Right after that, Jay-Z sings about the secret to his success; “Those are the white gloves for me.” It could be a massive slap in the face at the racial discrimination still present in the United States. Is Jay-Z trying to say that for all his talent in music, is it something as insignificant as his white gloves that made him successful?

Jay-Z also says he came from nothing to the top of the world. He calls himself a “baby project”. The projects are housing programs for the low-income population.

On the outro, we hear some vocalizations of Harmonies by The Hive AKA Beyonce.

Let us know what you think of the track in the comments below. Check out the full lyrics and breakdown of additional meanings on Genius.

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