FS Album Review: DJ Khaled’s Star-Studded Record ‘God Did’
Following a month of social media tease, excerpts, and launch of ‘Staying Alive’ featuring Drake and Lil Baby, DJ Khaled has finally dropped his 13th studio album ‘GOD DID’. When it comes to features, the American record producer never falls back. The album features a heavy dose of artists such as Drake, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Future, Migos‘ Quavo, and Takeoff, SZA, Travis Scott, Gunna, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Lil Baby, Jadakiss, a posthumous appearance from Juice Wrld (on a track titled ‘Juice Wrld Did’) and more.
The most surprising part about the album is Kanye West and the rap god Eminem are on the same track. This brings us to the question, is ‘GOD DID’ worth it? What’s the downside? The best and the worst tracks? Get the full scoop of this week’s album review below.
Is the album worth it?
Drifting away from his previous album theme, which involved a hint of pop, the latest release focuses on hip-hop. DJ Khaled’s influence in the rap game is unreal and his 18-track record ‘GOD DID’ proves that his pull in the game is stronger than ever. We hear seductive vocals, catchy verses, and high-end production along with the classic DJ Khaled catchphrase ‘Another one.’ While there is so much going on in one album, it piques listeners' interest in what the record contains. As a consequence, the album is well worth hearing.
The Best Tracks and Worst Track?
Our best selection includes a handful of tracks from the 18 available. We hear fast-hitting hi-hats, crisp snares, and a euphoric melody on tracks like Big Time ft Future & Lil Baby, Keep Going ft Lil Durk, 21 Savage & Roddy Rich, Let’s Pray ft Don Toliver & Travis Scott, and Use This Gospel ft Kanye West & Eminem. The Album transcends to a more chill vibe with songs like Staying Alive ft Drake & Lil Baby, Beautiful ft Future & SZA, and Way Past Luck ft 21 Savage.
Talking about the worst tracks, the album has a few misses. Songs like Fam Good, We good ft Gunna & Roddy Rich, Party ft Quavo & Takeoff, Bills Paid ft Latto & City Girls, and It Ain’t Safe ft Nardo Wick & Kodak Black come off as direct with no moment of revelation, just unfiltered Khaled with average verse.
What else is there to know, and what is the final verdict?
The album's most startling element is the collaboration of Eminem and Kanye West on the same track, which hasn't happened since 2009's 'Forever,' which also included Drake and Lil Wayne. Khaled has remixed the song 'Use This Gospel,' which was first released on Ye's album 'Jesus is King' in 2019. On the remix, Eminem delivers a typical rapid-fire verse in which he reflects on his struggle to preserve his faith.
“Please let this hate make me stronger, for they turned on me like a zombie / It’s like I’m being strangled unconscious, when temptation is almost like Satan is baiting you.”
Juice Wrld's posthumous appearance isn't all that impressive. Originally recorded in 2019 when the late rapper was around, Khaled is seen drowning Juice WRLD's delivery in his "DJ KHALED" cypher, which isn't the most subtle of maneuvers.
Overall, the album is a mix of hits and misses. It is close to a rollercoaster ride where we witness some catchy hooks and beats with average tracks keeping up the general flow of the album.
Do you believe DJ Khaled has made good use of all the artists on board for the project? Make sure you listen to the full album and follow us on Instagram for further updates.