Directed by RT!, the visual takes place at Khaled Khaled Hospital and finds the three artists working together on the medical wards. Lil Baby saves a life as a surgeon after smoking a blunt, Drizzy brings out the red cups and hookah, while Dr. Khaled delivers his trademark words of inspiration to the rest of the employees.
The track interpolates the Bee Gees’ 1977 hit single “Stayin’ Alive,” with Drake singing a line from the classic song in the hook before delivering a verse.
“How she in love and she been over once?” Drake raps. “It’s not like I known her for months/This life allowed me to take what I want/It’s not like I know what I want/It’s not like I know what I need/I get some time, but it’s no guarantees.”
Lil Baby spits in the second verse: “I put my feelings aside, you want me to die? But baby, I’m stayin’ alive/’Posed to be one of a kind, you puttin’ no miles, I thought you was down for the ride.”
Produced by Nyan, “Staying Alive” is the first single from DJ Khaled’s upcoming album God Did, which is set to drop on August 26. The project will serve as the follow-up to Khaled Khaled, which was released in April 2021 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with roughly 93,000 total album-equivalent first-week units.
“When Drake wrote that hook… there’s a reason why certain people are called genius. This is when you understand that word, it’s called genius level,” Khaled said, to which Timbaland replied, “The hook of the century.”
Khaled responded: “Thank you! The whole world is going to sing it, no matter what. Let’s keep it real, I don’t give a fuck what’s playing. You can be in this mode, you can be in that mode, and then when this come on, everybody’s in sync. It’s like, ‘Hey everybody, come together!’”
“Staying Alive” continues Drake and DJ Khaled’s collaborative streak on songs such as “For Free,” “Popstar,” “I’m on One,” “No New Friends” and “Fed Up.” Drake has also collaborated with Lil Baby on a number of occasions, including “Wants and Needs,” “Yes Indeed,” “Girls Want Girls,” “Never Recover” and the “Life Is Good” remix.