Jay-Z Fought To Keep Fridayy On “GOD DID”

The singer recently recalled how Hov stood up for him when his vocals were almost taken out of the song.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
Jay-Z Fought To Keep Fridayy On “GOD DID”

"GOD DID" was certainly one of the most discussed and revered hip-hop songs of last year, but it almost took a different shape. Moreover, Fridayy just revealed that Jay-Z actually fought to keep his hook on the track amid discussions of removing it. The Philly singer recently spoke to Angie Martinez on her Way Up podcast about his success, his Grammys experience, and Hov sticking up for him. Not only that, but he confirmed this news through DJ Khaled, the main artist of the song, and Hov himself. As such, he remarked how special it was for him to hear that straight from the New York legend as well.

"Jay-Z’s cooler than a lot of little n***as,” Fridayy expressed. “You know how little n***as be in the game on some cocky s**t? JAY-Z really like a cool n***a. When I’m next to him, I don’t feel like he a celebrity. [He comes across like] a regular person, saying regular jokes. I remember during the [Grammys] performance, we’re taking a picture and he’s like, ‘You know I fought for you right?

Fridayy Shouts Out Jay-Z For Sticking Up For His Feature On "GOD DID"

"I’m like, ‘What you mean?’" the artist continued. "He’s like, ‘They was trying to take you off the record.’ Dead-a** serious. But Khaled been told me JAY-Z fought for you. But hearing it from him, he was like, ‘Bro, when I heard your voice it just sounded hungry.’ And then he gon’ tell me, ‘When you make it, don’t forget about me.'" What's more is that "GOD DID" brought Fridayy a lot of attention in the hip-hop world. Now that he's capitalizing on that success with solo material, his trajectory will be a compelling and exciting one to follow.

Of course, DJ Khaled and standout feature Jay-Z are very proud of how this track turned out. Sean Carter himself reflected on their opulent, Last Supper-inspired Grammys performance of the song. "For the culture, for Hip Hop, we got to do that,” he remarked on a TIDAL interview. “This ain’t your traditional song. It’s not your traditional structure of what you think a song that would be nominated for Song of the Year would sound like. It’s not what you expect. And for the culture and for Hip Hop, we got to do that." For the latest updates on Fridayy and Jay-Z, check back in with HNHH.


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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.