Summer still has some gas in the tank when it comes to new music. This week, the biggest promo king in the game delivers a compilation album stacked with major names, a revered Atlanta lyricist drops his third studio album, a genre-defying artist from Louisiana puts out the second installment in a series of projects and more.
Following a masterful rollout over the past few months, DJ Khaled comes through with God Did, an 18-track compilation LP with a tracklist that reads like a who's who of hip-hop's biggest artists. For his 13th studio album, Khaled uses his A-list industry status to net guest appearances from only the best of the best across multiple eras of the rap game. Led by the previously released single "Staying Alive" featuring Drake and Lil Baby, God Did sees Eminem and Kanye West appearing together on the same track for the first time in a minute with "Use This Gospel (Remix)," which was produced by Dr. Dre and The ICU.
One of the most anticipated features leading up to the release of God Did is from Jay-Z, who rounds out the album's title track alongside Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend and Fridayy. Other heavy-hitters who've contributed to the large-scale offering include Future, who rhymes with Lil Baby on "Big Time," and Lil Durk, 21 Savage and Roddy Ricch, who each provide vocals on "Keep Going." From there, artists like Juice WRLD, Travis Scott, City Girls, Kodak Black, Jadakiss and plenty more all show out to make God Did one of the most star-studded projects of 2022.
After dropping his DiCaprio 2 LP in 2018, JID satiates his eagerly awaiting fan base with the release of his third studio album, The Forever Story. With a subtle announcement teasing that the LP was on its way back at the beginning of August, the Dreamville spitter hit up Instagram to let his 1.3 million followers know that The Forever Story is "the most important album [he's] ever created." With two previously released singles leading the way, "Dance Now" with Kenny Mason and "Surround Sound" featuring 21 Savage and Baby Tate, JID unveiled the rest of the 15-track album's songs in a unique way that completely falls in line with his thought-provoking brand.
Just a few days prior to when the project was scheduled to drop, the Atlanta MC posted The Forever Story's final tracklist on Instagram but decided to hold back on revealing the remaining guest appearances. However, within a few hours of the initial post, JID let the features fly, highlighting contributions from artists like Lil Wayne, Yasiin Bey and Lil Durk.
While showing love to the aforementioned artists and producers like Christo, DJ Scheme, Hollywood Cole and DJ Khalil, JID accompanied the tracklisting with a heartfelt IG caption directed at everyone who brought The Forever Story to fruition.
"The official features on The Forever Story," JID wrote. "Wanna say thank you to everyone who helped put these words and sounds together. This meant the world to me because none of this [was easy] and you gave your all to my vision."
Autumn! continues on his steady path of consistently dropping new sounds with the release of Golden Child, Chapter 2. After hinting to fans that the second installment of his Golden Child series was en route back in July, Autumn! officially announced the project's release date last week. After having dropped his Antagonist! album in April and the ##B4GC2 ##B4GC2 EP at the end of July, the follow-up to 2021's Golden Child, Chapter 1 serves as the Louisiana native's third project to come out this year.
The revered plugg rap artist's latest project is comprised of completely new material for fans to sink their teeth into, as it wasn't led ahead of time with any previously released singles save for a teaser snippet from the song "E36*." The Iankon-produced track features a guest appearance from 2022 XXL Freshman Cochise. Golden Child, Chapter 2 comes as Autumn! has just completed A Qwik Tour 2, a string of summer performances that saw him hit stages in cities like Miami, Washington, D.C. and San Diego, Calif.
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