Drake Explains the Similarities Between 'Cha Cha' and 'Hotline Bling'

INDIO, CA - APRIL 12:  Rapper Drake performs onstage during day 3 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2015 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Drake Explains the Similarities Between 'Cha Cha' and 'Hotline Bling'

He uses a dancehall analogy to break it down.

Published October 20, 2015

Drakes “Hotline Bling” has been the topic of discussion today following his colorful video that we described as perfect.

“Hotline Bling” wouldn’t be getting so attention if it wasn’t for D.R.A.M. The song sounds vaguely similar to “Cha Cha,” and he tweeted an honest opinion since seeing so many comparisons on his timeline: “Yeah, I feel like I got jacked for my record But I'm GOOD.”

For the record, Erykah Badu, who made her own seven-minute version of “Hotline Bling,” responded: “we loved Cha Cha first. Very unique and raw. That's that underground magic force that sparks a seed to grow a tree.”


In a now published quote from Drake’s FADER 100 cover story, he explained the connection between the songs by responding to a question about his sunnier songs released over the summer. He described the making of “Hotline Bling,” which is loosely based on “Cha Cha” but never directly references it, as a rap equivalent to dancehall artists making their own spin to a hot riddim.

“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” Drake said. “Imagine that in rap, or imagine that in R&B. Imagine if we got one beat and every single person — me, this guy, this guy, all these guys — had to do a song on that one beat. So sometimes I’ll pick a beat that’s a bit, like, sunnier, I guess is the word you used, than usual, and I just try my hand at it. And that’s kind of what ‘Hotline Bling’ was. And I loved it. It’s cool. I’ve been excited by that sort of creative process.”

Does Drake have a point? Listen to “Hotline Bling” and “Cha Cha” again and see if he’s right.

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(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Written by Eric Diep


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