“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.”
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