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D.R.A.M. Says “Hotline Bling” Is a Blatant “Cha Cha” Jack Move


D.R.A.M. Says “Hotline Bling” Is a Blatant “Cha Cha” Jack Move

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Last night, Drake treated the Internet the “Hotline Bling” video which involved his dance debut. Meanwhile, D.R.A.M. was performing in Toronto as part of Chance, the Rapper’s “Family Matters” tour and after the show, as Pitchfork calls it, the Virginia singer/rapper was none too pleased regarding similarities between “Hotline Bling” and his track “Cha Cha.” Read D.R.A.M.’s tweets below:

Erykah Badu, who herself hopped on the “Hotline Bling” wagon of awesome, replied to D.R.A.M. early this morning:

While D.R.A.M. has seen much success for “Cha Cha” (and even a Beyonce shout out) it’s understandable why he, a relatively unknown artist, would be a bit perturbed that an established mainstream artist such as Drake could possibly be jacking his swagger.

Also according to Pitchfork, The Fader has pulled a quote from Drake that went unused in their recent cover story, establishing a connection between “Hotline Bling” and “Cha Cha”. Drake said:

You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that. 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.

The Fader also points out that “Hotline Bling” samples Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together”, which “Cha Cha” also resembles. Your thoughts?

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