Since the beginning of this year, DJ Khaled has employed two catchphrases while crafting his next studio album: “They didn’t believe in us, God did” and “Album mode.” He’s used both of these slogans in posts that allude to the project, especially the ones that show him working with the feature artists that will land on the track list.
We are now one step closer to this highly-anticipated project, as DJ Khaled released “Staying Alive” featuring Drake and Lil Baby on Aug. 5, the first promotional single for God Did, set to drop on Aug. 26.
Ahead of the song’s release, Khaled remembered those who doubted that he would reach this level of notoriety. “They wanna finish me, so I went and got Drake and Lil Baby,” he said. “They never believed in me. Why you think I win so much? Because of you.”
Now that “Staying Alive” has arrived, we now have a clear indication of the mindset of Khaled and his confidants heading into his album. The track was released simultaneously with a standard music video and extended version taking place in a hospital, depicting Khaled preaching perseverance and Drizzy and Baby delivering melodic performances in tribute of the Bee Gees‘ classic hit “Stayin’ Alive.”
Khaled’s most recent album KHALED KHALED, released in April 2021, saw songs like “EVERY CHANCE I GET” with Lil Durk and Lil Baby and “POPSTAR” with Drake top charts and take over the summer, much like many of his singles and albums aim to do. Now, as we have already passed the halfway point of Summer 2022, Khaled’s 13th studio album God Did being headlined by this Drake and Baby track is only fitting.
On July 6, Khaled posted the official announcement for the project that certified the title. In the trailer, Khaled essentially recaps the first half of the year, where he performed at the 2022 NBA All-Star game, got his own star of The Hollywood Walk of Fame and made music with rap icons such as Drake, Baby and Durk again, as well as Kanye West, Rod Wave, Future, 21 Savage, Roddy Ricch, Gunna, Don Toliver and more. Many of these artists are presumed to be featured on the album, as well as JAY-Z.
While fans patiently wait for Khaled to certify the cover art and track list, it’s clear that God Did will be another momentous occasion for one of the most well-connected and amicable curators hip-hop has to offer.
Check out “Staying Alive” by DJ Khaled, Drake & Lil Baby below!