God Did

Album: God Did (2022)
Charted: 50 17
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Songfacts®:

  • The eight-minute title track of DJ Khaled's 13th studio album centers on a self-affirming mantra the famously upbeat DJ and producer frequently uses: "They didn't believe in us, God did."
  • Khaled introduces this posse cut with a dismissal of all those who didn't believe in him. Rick Ross takes the first verse with a swipe at the IRS huge tax bills before Lil Wayne takes the baton. The New Orleans native brags about inspiring younger rappers while giving God the glory for helping him become a rap icon.
  • Jay-Z caps "God Did" with an epic verse just shy of four minutes. Hova details his early life as a drug dealer and journey to billionaire and mentor of other billionaires (he namechecks Kanye, Rihanna and LeBron James). Later, Jay compares Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine at a wedding to his entrepreneurial miracle of turning cooking crack on the stove into a business empire.
  • Fridayy croons the chorus and John Legend the outro. Francis "Fridayy" Leblanc is a Philadelphia based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who contributed to two tracks on Chris Brown's Breezy album: "Till The Wheels Fall Off" and "Need You Right Here."
  • DJ Khaled and Fridayy co-produced the track with StreetRunner and Tarik Azzouz. StreetRunner and Tarik Azzouz contributed to eight God Did tracks in total.
  • While Khaled's previous album, Khaled Khaled, includes several collaborations with pop and R&B acts, God Did finds the We The Best head honcho primarily focused on hip-hop.
  • Jay-Z recorded his epic four-minute verse in one take. "This one was different because normally, we'll sit down, we'll do a song, three verses, two verses or whatever, and he'll have a verse and then we'll figure out what's next, Roc-A-Fella engineer Young Guru recalled in a video interview.

    "No, he walked in and this was completely, he's spitting the verse to me," he continued. "One take. He's literally asking me, 'Guru, put the beat on.' I'm like, 'Khaled didn't send me the beat, you didn't send me the beat. Send me the beat.' So then he sends me the joint and I started trying to loop it, and he was just like, 'No, no, no, hit Khaled and get the whole instrumental,' so he could spit the whole verse."

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