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Album Review – Le Famuan

GOD MADE DJ Khaled album. Photo courtesy of Hypebeast.com

August 26e, DJ Khaled has released his fourteenth studio album, “GOD DID”. The album has eighteen starred tracks like any other Khaled album. The first single was a disappointing collaboration from Drake and Lil Baby which sampled The Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive”.

The promotion of the album was overdone but that’s what people expect from Khaled. DJ Khaled’s social media presence and catchphrases sometimes overshadow his role in rap as a lead curator. Fans and critics alike have wondered what DJ Khaled is actually doing on his album, but he’s delivered some undeniable classics over the years. I believe “GOD DID” has some of those moments.

There are no positive hymns on this album like “All I Do Is Win” or “Higher”, on the album. But there are times when Khaled deviates from his usual formula, like Drake’s intro track “No Secret.” Every time Drake and Khaled have teamed up for a record in the past, it’s sounded like a fun summer song. “No Secret” is a short intro but sets the tone over an OVO SoundCloud-like beat.

“GOD DID” then enters a dramatic rhythm, worthy of legends. The standout track is of course titled “God Did”. In a Complex interview before the album’s release, Khaled was quoted saying “This is one of Jay-Z’s best verses of all time.” Was it? Not for me, but it was a great verse. Lil Wayne was the real star of this song, “dread locks, face tats I’m the apex.” Taking a moment to acknowledge its cultural influence on today’s rap stars.

The album has moments where you wouldn’t mind not hearing that song again or you feel like you’ve heard it before. From the first look at the track list and features, I mentally picked songs that I thought were good, but was disappointed. They just looked good on paper. Bills Paid is the best example. A song by Latto and City Girls should be a new girl’s anthem, but Khaled failed to connect the two acts. This occurs on “Big Time, Keep Going, Fam Good, We Good and Use This Gospel”. Some of these songs feature artists who have had success in the past, but they failed to replicate that success on “GOD DID.”

Going for the home run with big names just doesn’t pay off on most of the album. This pays off on “Beautiful” by Future and SZA. SZA looked like an angel who was followed by Future leaning into her social media persona with lyrics like, “Every night we burn sage because we’re toxic.”

The artist shone on discs where there were only them. “Jadakiss Interlude, Way Past Luck, Juice Wrld Did and Grateful” were among the best songs on the album. Jadakiss added a grimy, boom-bap feel the album needed. 21 Savage floated to the beat as he expressed his feelings. Juice Wrld’s track was a reminder of just how talented he was. And Vory delivered a touching vocal performance on “Grateful,” the album’s final track.

I added eight of the eighteen tracks to my library. “GOD DID” is by no means a classic album but offers some memorable moments. The album feels like a circus act at times, just random things happening. But it’s definitely a better album than Khaled’s last album, “Khaled Khaled”.