Drake Talks ‘Hotline Bling’ and ‘Cha Cha’ Similarities [Details]

Rucuss staffOctober 21, 2015

Drake can’t seem to stay out of drama.

But some believe its his own doing. Fresh off his feud with Meek Mill, the Canadian has come under fire for his song Hotline Bling sounding similar to D.R.A.M.’s Cha Cha.

D.R.A.M. accuses Drake of jacking his song on social media. He tweeted, “Yeah, I feel I got jacked for my record…But I’m GOOD.”

It appears that both songs contain a sample of Timmy Thomas’ Why Can’t We Live Together, while Cha Cha also samples music from Super Mario.

While Drake hasn’t responded directly to the accusations, he did address the comparisons in a recent interview with The FADER. He admits his song was based on Cha Cha and said that his song falls in line with what dancehall artists do with a 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.”

Erykah Badu, who released a cover of Hotline Bling, had her own take on the situation.

“We loved ‘Cha Cha’ first,” Badu tweeted. “Very unique and raw. That’s that underground magic force that sparks a seed to grow a tree.”


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