DJ Khaled – “God Did” review

This is the 13th full-length album from New Orleans DJ, record executive, producer & media personality DJ Khaled. Most people know him as a living meme pretty much & for the hilariously embarrassing temper tantrum he threw when IGOR outsold Father of Asahd, but many forget that that he actually came up as a tour DJ for the Terror Squad. As for his solo output, he already has a dozen LPs under his belt with Major 🔑 being the most enjoyable of the bunch & has decided to tell the world that the man upstairs believed in him when no one else would on God Did.

“No Secret” by Drake is a gospel-inspired 48 second intro talking about how he spills all his feelings unashamedly whereas the title track by JAY-Z, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross is an uplifting ballad about God believing in them when no one else would with Hov steals the show without a slightest bit of doubt. The highly anticipated “Use This Gospel, Pt. 2” by Eminem pops up on here somehow someway although I absolutely love the rock/boom bap infused production from Dr. Dre & the subject matter from Em refusing to break suits the original, but then “Big Time” by Future & Lil Baby delivers a lavish trap banger produced by TM88 talking about their statuses in the rap game.

Meanwhile on “Keep Goin’”, we have Lil Durk & 21 Savage over some horns & hi-hats to boast just before “Party All the Time” by Unc & Phew feels more like a Takeoff solo cut given that Quavo only does the hook & the painfully underwritten first verse accompanied by a weakly flipped sample of the Eddie Murphy joint of the same name from STREETRUNNER disappointingly. “Staying Alive” by Drake & Baby pretty much bastardizes the iconic single by the BGs, but then “Beautiful” by Future comes through with a sensual ode to toxic love.

“It Ain’t Safe” by Kodak Black & Nardo Wickbrings some pianos & bells together provided by Tay Keith quenching for blood while “Ley’s Pray” by Don Toliver & Travis Scott shoots for a more apocalyptic aesthetic talking about how nobody’s on their level. “Fam Good, We Good” by Gunna & Roddy Ricch basically feels like a parody of “Hot” by Young Thug down the horn-heavy beat while “Bills Paid” by the City Girls & Latto is an obnoxiously funky ode to boss bitches.

Continuing from there, “Way Past Luck” by 21 blends chipmunk soul with trap talking about going from the mud to a millionaire while “These Streets Know My Name” by Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Capleton, Sizzla & Skillibeng is the typical dancehall cut guaranteed every time Khaled drops. The song “Juice WRLD Did” by the late Juice WRLD stands out to me as a bittersweet ode to Khaled from Nick Mira’s production to the references that Juice drops throughout while the “Jadakiss Interlude” starts off with an audio clip from the obvious battle where Verzuz peaked & an aggressive beat with Kiss spitting hardcore shit. After the “Asahd & Alaam Cloth Talk” skit, “Grateful” by Vory ends the album with a full-blown gospel ballad talking about letting his blessings glow.

Everyone going into God Did should know what they’re getting themselves into at this point in my personal opinion & the reason why I say that is because how formulaic Khaled’s albums have always been. Is this an exception? Absolutely not. I can appreciate that he tried to give it more of a spiritual concept & the production even pulling from gospel music, but it’s just so unfocused & all over the goddamn place.

Score: 1.5/5

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DJ Khaled – “Khaled Khaled” review

DJ Khaled is a 45 year old DJ, record executive, producer & media personality from New Orleans, Louisiana whom a lot of people may not know came up as a tour DJ for the Terror Squad. But for the last 15 years, Khaled has curated a total of 11 albums under his own name. However when his last effort Father of Asahd charted at #2 right behind IGOR on the Billboard 200, dude completely ruined his Mr. Nice Guy image by dissing Tyler, The Creator out of bitterness. Almost 2 years later, Khaled is returning with his 12th full-length project.

Jeremih & Lil Wayne kick the album off on “Thankful”, where the 2 speak on gratefulness over a sample of Bobby Bland’s iconic “Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City”. The song “Every Chance I Get” has a Three 6-inspired sound from Tay Keith as Lil Baby & Lil Durk go back & forth about turning up on haters while the Cardi B solo cut “Big Paper” is a grimy braggadocious anthem down to the beat too. The track “We Going Crazy” not only has a weird synth-instrumental, but the chemistry between H.E.R. & the Migos are totally off.

Lil Baby returns albeit with Megan Thee Stallion & DaBaby for the ironically enjoyable rap rock banger “I Did It” whereas Justin Bieber & 21 Savage deliver a boring look at the saying “Time is money” on the plainly-produced “Let It Go”. The song “Body in Motion” by Bryson Tiller, Lil Baby & Roddy Ricch is a gross attempt at going romantic while the first Drake solo cut “Popstar” sounds completely uninspired.

Meanwhile, we have A Boogie wit da Hoodie joining forces with Big Sean & Rick Ross to ruin Biggie’s “Long Kiss Goodnight” on the conquering “This is My Year” whereas the highly anticipated “Sorry Not Sorry” is easily my favorite off the entire album as JAY-Z & Nas talk about living the dream over a sample of Bobby Glenn’s “Sound’s Like a Love Song” provided by STREETRUNNER. “Just Be” by Justin Timberlake unapologetically ruins the Ghostface Killah joint “All That I Got Is You” right before “I Can Have It All” by H.E.R. & Meek Mill butchers one of my favorite Beanie Sigel songs: “Feel It in the Air”.

The other Drake solo cut “Greece” is even worse than “Popstar” only because he is completely trying to rip off The Weeknd’s vocal inflections from start to finish & if you’re familiar with Khaled’s previous output, you already know the album ends with a reggae note & that’s what “Where You Come From” by Barrington Levy, Buju Banton & Capleton does.

I don’t know what else to say other than that, he just keeps making the same goddamn album over & over again. The usual line-up of guests hardly compliment one another & the radio friendly production is just average at best. Just put 3-4 joints in a playlist & call it a day.

Score: 1.5/5