‘Hotline Bling’gate: Drake Did Not Steal D.R.A.M.’s ‘Cha Cha’
Watch Drake “Cha-Cha Slide” his way out of this one.
Following the release of his improvised Cosby Show opening credits sequence, “Hotline Bling“: the music video, Drake is out to set the record straight that he did not sonically steal D.R.A.M.‘s Latin summer hit “Cha Cha” despite the rapper’s claims.
D.R.A.M expressed his feelings on Twitter Monday night in response to the comparisons being drawn to his hit and Drake’s.
Just performed in Toronto for the 1st time tonight and it was bittersweet.
— D.R.A.M. not DRAM (@ONLY1DRAM) October 20, 2015
Sweet cus I’m out here sharing my music, my sound with the people.. — D.R.A.M. not DRAM (@ONLY1DRAM) October 20, 2015
Bitter though, cus after my performance all I’m seeing is Cha Cha/Hotline Bling comparisons on my timeline. — D.R.A.M. not DRAM (@ONLY1DRAM) October 20, 2015
@ONLY1DRAM we loved Cha Cha first. Very unique and raw. That’s That underground magic force that sparks a seed to grow a tree. . . Ms. badu
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) October 20, 2015
In a brief interview with The Fader published on Oct. 20, Drake sidesteps creative allegations by explaining the connection between the two songs. He acknowledges that “Hotline Bling” was inspired by “Cha Cha”, suggesting that his hit was a sort of honorable remix of D.R.A.M.’s original track.
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” Drake tells The Fader. “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.”
So there you have it: Drake did not steal a song. He just made it sunnier.