A disappointing phone call led to the reminder that God believed in his capabilities, so DJ Khalednamed his last album God Did. He explained the story in detail Monday while on The Jennifer Hudson Show.

“I was on the phone when somebody was just telling me something so disappointing … when you hear something like that you look at the phone like, ‘What’s this person saying?’” he recalled.


“I was like, ‘Damn, they ain’t believe in us … then I was like, ‘God did!’ Like, haha!” he continued. He said it reminded him to keep his head up and know that “God got us and what you just heard … that’s not true.” 

After Khaled’s experience, he took to social media and started using his catchphrase, “They don’t believe in us … God Did,” which he says fans began to repeat when seeing him outside.

“I’m like, ‘Oh man, how beautiful it is they connecting with it,’” he said. “If I can help to remind people that God is the greatest? Beautiful!”


God Did, released back in August, earned five nominations at the 65th annual Grammy Awards, including for Best Rap Album. He performed the title track alongside collaborators Rick RossLil WayneJay-ZJohn Legend and Fridayy to close the awards show.

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