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D.R.A.M. Feels Drake Jacked His “Cha Cha” Song For “Hotline Bling”


(AllHipHop News) “Hotline Bling” has become one of the biggest hits of Drake’s career. The single is closing in on the #1 spot on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, and Drizzy just released the video for the track overnight.

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While “Hotline Bling” has become a pop smash, there are some listeners that believe the song is very similar to another record released months ago – D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha.” The Hampton, Virginia native took to Twitter to express he is in the camp that feels the two songs are very similar, and not by coincidence.

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This is not the first time Drake has been accused of “jacking” another artist’s work. Last month rising singer Abra accused the OVO leader of lifting her “U Kno” for ““Diamonds Dancing.” In April, Two-9 member Jace claimed Drizzy stole the beats for “6 God” and “No Tellin’.” Drake also reportedly had to pay Rappin’ 4-Tay for recycling his lyrics on YG’s “Who Do You Love?”

D.R.A.M. is currently on the “Family Matters Tour” with Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment, Metro Boomin, and Towkio. His GAHDAMN! EP is scheduled for release on October 23.

UPDATE: 

Soul singer Erykah Badu – who released her own remixed version of “Hotline Bling” – weighed in on the issue as “Cha Cha” became a trending topic on Twitter today. D.R.A.M. then responded to Ms. Badu’s message about underground talents inspiring mainstream artists.

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UPDATE #2:

Read what Drake had to say about the connection between “Hotline Bling” and D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha” here.

[ALSO READ: Drake Reportedly Paid Off Rappin’ 4-Tay For Using His Lyrics]

Watch the videos for D.R.A.M’s “Cha Cha” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling” below.

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  • Rapfan

    That’s the same horrible music I hear coming out of every Mexican’s car. He thinks he owns that sound?

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      right this dude is crazy lol the pot calling the kettle black lol talking about jacking a record lol ijs i aint ever heard of the CHA CHA until Dram ?? lol #sarcasm …. foh and enjoy the publicity … one thing i will say tho @least his song was already popping cause usually when this happens dudes song sound nothing alike and the guys song isnt even popping by anymeans lol …..

  • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    he made it hotter. smh.

  • W.E.B. Du Bois

    back-to-back is straight jack off bobby smurda’s “hot nigga”

    • Savimbi

      Yep, it’s like these industry cats share the same FL studio templates n $hit.

      • BIG MIKE SOMETHING SERIOUS

        Don’t put FL in this, LOL, we was proud of our 130 bpm, Ha!

  • TheAfroRican

    Listened to only about two minutes of the song and got annoyed. Now I have weird urge to play Super Mario Bros….

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    the small hats strike again

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  • tra mo

    Dam I was just thinking about this the other day

  • Drake bout to catch that industry black ball if he don’t get cats to shut up about his thefts.

  • Big Bang

    dammmm i must admit he jacked it…but both songs go HARDD!!

  • staticb62

    He needs to be worried about Nintendo coming for that ass over the Super Mario Beat that’s the main component of the song.

  • MassConglom

    He took your song because he’s doing the Cha Cha in his video…smh? Pretty sure The Super Mario Brothers feel they got jacked too.

    • Drew west

      I think he jus mad , cause drake shit better ..

      • DJ7

        Not better…just more popular based off of who’s on it…you Drake stans man….smh

      • Drew west

        I mean , look at the stats its way better… If drake did take his beat are whatever he saying , drake did it better.

      • DJ7

        Fck the stats. Money buys opinions daily

      • golder1

        Name these fans who are being paid to buys or downloads this song for free or being paid to say that Hotline is better than Cha Cha? The money argument doesn’t work for everything. People are listening to Drakes song more because they prefer to listen to his more than the other.

      • DJ7

        SMH…if you don’t know the answer to your own dumb ass question than I can’t help you…

      • golder1

        You sound like Someone stole your girl. You the one who made the dumbass statement while you all in your feeling. It’s OK you must be that time of the month for you. So log off clown and replace your tampon.

      • Drew west

        Nah , good music does …

      • Drew west

        Nah , good music does

      • golder1

        Im not a Drake Im a music fan and Drakes song is better than that Cha Cha bullshit, that’s just fact no matter how much you might dislike drake

      • DJ7

        Not a fact. just your opinion and one I could careless about

      • NYComicBookGuy

        Careful, my dude. Them Aubrey Stans go hard!

      • DJ7

        These dudes are as soft as their idol, the GOD don’t fear girly men!

      • golder1

        You must have cared because you left a comment dummy.. And numbers speak for itself so that makes it a fact.

      • DJ7

        Log off clown. We’re done here

  • Myleage

    I thought hotline bling was a freestyle over cha-cha. was I mistaken?

    • Getatme

      Right lol

  • Myleage

    the only VA sound I know is Clipse…htf is cha-cha the VA sound???

    • DJ7

      That whole trap beat sh!t started with Lex Lugar…I guess you also forgot about Timbo, Nottz, Missy, Pharrell….that’s all VA sound fam

      • Clenton DjClent Hill

        no the trap sound started with SHAWTY REDD

      • DJ7

        Lex and Waka made it what it is today….

      • Myleage

        i asked how is cha-cha VA. Trap music been out way before Lex Luger. and Pharrell didnt make that trap sound for Clipse. They just had the lyrics. The beat for this is not something Missy or Timbo or Pharell would do.

      • DJ7

        Never mind B, I read your comment wrong. I was simply saying that all these cats come from the Tidewater area and their sound is unique to that area.

  • KBIII

    SOOOOOO……..Drake makes beats? Orrrrrrr am I missing something?

  • Mr. Nevuary

    Unless Drake made the beat he didn’t jack anyone, his producer did.

  • jacksjus

    Lawyer up or shut up. It’s that simple.

    Tired of these social media rants.

    • Super_Hero

      tired? then why the rant

  • Getatme

    Producer bit DRAMS beat. Drake hopped in said bitten beat. Drake recycles rhymes over bitten beat. Nintendo comes in to sue them all. Case closed.

    • MassConglom

      D.R.A.M. is the only 1 who will get sued, his song is the only 1 that sounds like The Super Mario Brother’s song.

  • AntLee06

    I know I can’t be the only one who enjoyed that. “I like to cha cha” nice fun, lighthearted song

  • Mo

    the cha cha beat is on every casio keyboard i had as a kid. sorry it is a default beat called the cha cha

  • ApricotNapalm

    shout out to Future….they running w/ this nga sht, like he spit CVS in a riot -Bars

  • Gap Tooth Bruce

    Yall niggas swear yall know so much how yall know DRAM aint clear that shit wit Nintendo? Yall some chatty patty ass Mo’s

    • Papi Peligro

      lol. Got cramps.

    • MassConglom

      Because D.R.A.M. change the beat up, the original beat literally samples the Super Mario Brother’s “Star World Theme” music. And even AFTER he changed it up… The Super Mario Brothers song is STILL the main component of the revised beat.

  • Papi Peligro

    Man what in the world. I’m done @ 1:33. LOL. They look like they being held hostage.

  • Papi Peligro

    Drake the type of ninjas that will rob you and wear yo shirt to yo house party. Yes Drake Jacked the song. LOL. He’s cha chinging to the bank on this ninja at the begining of the video on purrpose. Ninja told this ninja he was gone do it. Then he didn’t even write the song.

    • MassConglom

      Drake’s “Hotline Bling” sounds Caribbean beat wise… D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha” beat is literally The Super Mario Brother’s music with 808’s, what similarities between the 2 are yall hearing that I’m not???

      • Papi Peligro

        Drake said he was wanted to do a “quasi remix” to that cha cha song.

      • MassConglom

        People are saying the 2 songs sound the same or similar, but I don’t hear anything that sounds remotely Super Mario Brothers-ish about Hotline Bling. Only thing I see is Drake doing the “Cha Cha” in the video. Inspiration and biting are 2 different things.

      • Papi Peligro

        They took elements of the song. Flipped it.Its not as obvious as fancy and classic man but you can hear it. They just use the same tempos and change instruments. They even do the same break down. I mean Drake himself said it was.

      • MassConglom

        #StillAintCatchingIt but ok.

      • DJ7

        The song was billed as the “cha cha remix” since the 1st day it was put out there fam…Cha cha was still being lightly promoted and gaining bds spins in different markets when all of a sudden…Drake pulls a Jay Z

      • evolving_walrus

        that was a mistake on Beats 1 part. if you actually read the article. the beats are different. they use different samples. the tempo might be the same but everybody pretty much use the same tempo. Everybody trying to pull a meek mill now.

      • DJ7

        Read the article?!?!….I’ve been on the wheels since the 80’s B, I know a bite when I hear 1…I don’t have to wait for clarification from anyone

      • evolving_walrus

        …….so u didnt read the article? K gotcha. Anyways they arent the same. Drake didnt make the beat,nineteen85 did. Second they sample two different records. Cha cha is koji kondo while hotline is timmy thompson. Idk if your getting old but you might need to check your ears.

      • DJ7

        man look….it’s a bite point___. Drake’s version is typical Drake…soft b.u.t. still a rip off of D.R.A.M.

      • evolving_walrus

        Cant be a bite if it doesnt actually use anything on his song from dram’s song. Its not even the same context. U was better off saying inspiration. I like dram but he sounds mad that drake just made a better”VA sound” song then him. All of rae sremmurd songs sound the same. Do they mean they are?

      • Papi Peligro

        I’m just saying though you read drakes defense.

      • evolving_walrus

        I dont even know what you are referring to. Case and point it isnt a bite. Nobody is showing me evidence that its a bite. Just their dislike of drake. I could care less just dont spread your opinions around as they are facts. All im saying

      • Papi Peligro

        Its not an opinion if dude said it himself. Its fact. PEACE.

      • evolving_walrus

        It is an opinion. Stop denyig that mans talent. You sound bitter. They didnt flip anything unless u was n the studio when nineteen85 made the beat.

      • Papi Peligro

        Drake said it. Read the article on ALLHIPHOP. Drake said he flipped Cha Cha like they do in REGGAE.

      • evolving_walrus

        Flipped isnt biting. Kendrick flipped janet jackson song in poetic justice. Is that biting? You are also another idiot that cant comprehend the english language

      • Papi Peligro

        My problem is he trying to avoid paying the man his royalties. Its like when Jay Z dissed JIm Jones on the balling remix. Jim Jones was like well it doesn’t matter cause I’m getting royalties every time you play it. So that’s my point. You can do whatever in the name of music and creation but don’t try to skip out on paying folks. Then when you robbing a ninja don’t dance on him. LOL.

      • evolving_walrus

        This is where we are losing each other. Why are you paying someone when you didnt take anyhing from the song. Thats like saying i own the color red. Now this guy who used red, added white, and made pink should pay me for making a new color? You see what im saying? He actually used 4tay lyrics. Thats why he paid him. If he flipped his lyrics(all eyes on you meek mill/nikki doing the biggie flow) he doesnt owe him anything. Shxt he should be glad he getting the added recognition i know i would be.

      • Papi Peligro

        Drake said they used his song to make his song. They remixed it. So sure hr changed the lyrics and changed the beat he still used the song

      • MassConglom

        Your right Drake did use the song… as inspiration 🙂

      • DJ7

        I take it you finally got around to that update article…now…what was you saying again?

      • evolving_walrus

        The update article is about YG and his who do you love song. Which proved my point. he used 4tays lyric. HE DIDNT USE ANY of drams lyrics in hotline bling. Im starting to think you are autistic.

      • MassConglom

        You mean that month old unreleased Fader Magazine interview excerpt that didn’t make the Mag? You do know that Drake said all that BEFORE D.R.A.M. accused him of stealing his song.

      • Papi Peligro

        Lol you read the updated article.

      • MassConglom

        1 song samples a 70’s song while the other samples a Nintendo song, the fact that he “billed” it as a Cha Cha remix has nothing to do with the 2 songs NOT sounding the same or similar musically at all. Which is probably the reason behind Drake no longer calling it a remix.

      • DJ7

        say what you want….even the biter himself has all but admitted to it, why do folks still feel the need to keep defending the indefensible

      • MassConglom

        Say what YOU want, even if it was “inspired” by Cha Cha… this Chance The Rapper biting dude’s song sounds nothing like Drake’s song. Why do people feel the need to defend that weak a– song.

      • DJ7

        “Inspired” …NO!!! It’s called biting…always has…always will…no matter how you sensitive dudes feel about it

      • MassConglom

        Biting is A$AP Rocky taking Bones’ song “Dirt” and calling it “Canal St.” Biting is what every rapper did to Migos by stealing their “Versace Versace” flow, everyone says Lil B is wack but just about every rapper have bitten something from his Based swag.

        You ain’t bitin unless your sh– looks or sounds almost exactly like someone else’s sh–, and Hotline Bling doesn’t sound like a video game song like D.R.A.M.’s song does. Nor does it share the same content or flow style vocally, hell they don’t even share the same sample. The only similarities are the Cha Cha dance “inspired” influence and the BPMs.

  • straight jacked the beat but not that version of the vid

  • MASTER_TROLL_NINJA

    LMAO… I hear no comparison? Guess I need to get high first and listen again. BRB

    • DJ7

      If that’s what it takes to make you come to your senses….by all means my G….light it!

  • KTT

    come on drake smh

  • Conrad Bess

    For clarification, DRAM sampled Super Mario Bros. Drake’s team sampled Timmy Thomas. 2 completely different songs.

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  • RayStantz

    I don’t even hear Drake anymore when he makes songs. Like that Hotline Bling song sounds like ILOVEMAKONEN

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      you listen to Ilovemakonen? – hahahahahaha ! – thanx fo da laugh !

      • RayStantz

        I don’t think there is a person on this site who hasn’t heard “On a Tuesday” clown.

  • S. Grand

    Tell me something: Name a song that came out before “Cha Cha” that sounded like it?….I’ll Wait

    You Drake fans argue about sample clearance as if it’s convenient amnesia. The FACT that the two songs have VERY similar sounds and nuances in the track (Doesn’t matter where it was sampled from) is THE REASON you would even say they sound alike. This is bad for the independent artist trying to build a buzz. A major artist can just take your hit and “remix” it at any time. So, what if there were no samples involved? Y’all would still be on the d***.

    • golder1

      The 2 songs sound nothing alike plus both songs sample beats neither created. That Cha Cha song is wack And if samples were not involved they would judge off the lyrics which Cha Cha doesnt really have. This is an example of someone trying to get buzz of a bigger stars name.

      • S. Grand

        Wack or not, I heard the song months before I heard the “Hotline Bling” song and they don’t even play “Cha Cha” anymore. He wouldn’t need to get a buzz off a “bigger name”, if he already had a buzz with a song in rotation. This is an example of a “bigger name” being able to profit from a song you can mimic and get nationwide exposure. Not the other way around.

      • golder1

        He didn’t have national buzz off that song. Plus he nor Drake created that sound. Did DR give Thomas Nintendo their proper create, don’t think he did I guess that’s why he has pending litigation and Drake doesn’t. Drake didn’t steal his song, his producer sampled the same beat DR did and Drake made it a bigger record

      • MassConglom

        Actually, Drake sampled a 70’s song from Timmy Thomas and DR sampled Super Mario World. So Drake’s producer didn’t even sample the same beat DR did.

      • golder1

        Actually DR did sample parts of the same song, they used different parts. The song the sample came fromis online and easy to find. Plus Dr didnt use while Mario Brothers he infused them with 70’s sample
        But fact remains neither created this sound

      • MassConglom

        I grew up in the 80’s so I know a Super Mario World sample when I hear it, he sample the Star World level. That’s also what comes up when you google “D.R.A.M. Cha Cha sample” in the search engine… not once does it say D.R.A.M. sampled part of Timmy Thomas. But I agree that neither one of them created the sound too.

      • golder1

        I grew up in the 80’s to bruh so I know all about MB and Just because it doesnt say Thomas doesnt mean he did use melodies from the song. Very few producers make orignal beats

      • MassConglom

        So your admitting to making this assumption without proof but via your personal opinion on what you think producers do or don’t do creatively? Sorry bruh but I think I will trust my god given senses over my own personal opinion. At least we agree on them not owning the sound,lol.

      • golder1

        The proof is in the original song. You have no proof he didn’t sample parts of this song. Saying I googled is not proof. Reading something off Google and believing everything you read off internet does have a lot to do with you God given common sense which would tell you don’t believe everything you read,lol. I can listen to all three versions of this song and hear similarities. After Nintendo is finished with their legal action with DR, Thomas and his estate will be next.

      • MassConglom

        Sigh…smh, how can Nintendo sue Timmy Thomas’ estate for copyright infringement when Timmy Thomas’ song predates Nintendo’s foray into the videogame industry by 5 YEARS (not to mention the 2 samples sound nothing alike)? And I didn’t have to google it in order to notice the Super Mario sample that is the MAIN component of D.R.A.M.’s Cha Cha track (“HEARING” being the God given sense I was talking about).

        YOUR the one that said and I quote “Actually DR did sample parts of the same song, they used different parts. The song the sample came from is online and easy to find”. So now that I’ve looked it up online (via your instruction I might add) and found your statement to be false, now your saying and I quote” You have no proof he didn’t sample parts of this song. SAYING I GOOGLED IT IS NOT PROOF”.

        Your so hellbent on finding a way to accuse Drake of biting D.R.A.M.’s beat (despite the evidence proving otherwise) that you don’t even realizing that you contradicting yourself. But we off that… believe what you want my dude,lol. #YouTriedThough #PersonalOpinionIsNotFact

      • golder1

        I didnt say Nintendo was going to sue Thomas estate. Nintendo is in the process of trying to sue DR. And after Nintendo case is over, Thomas estate will be next to sue DR. My statement is far from false. If you can hear parts of Thomas song in both songs, you hearing must be malfunctioning. Many artist have been sued for not giving proper credit for sampling. DRAM sampled from both Nintendo and Thomas and didnt created either. Im not hellbent on proving Drake bit DRAM beat becauseI dont believe he did.U cant steal something DRAM didnt creat which was my point.
        #Youtriedthough
        #Butyourbraincouldntcomprehend

      • MassConglom

        “Update: A previous version of this post incorrectly said the Cha Cha beat was recreating the Timmy Thomas sample that was eventually used in Hotline Bling. Gabe Niles, the producer of Cha Cha, says that was not the case”.

        – Fader Magazine

        #CheckMate

      • TheBlackItalian

        I thought that’s where I heard that shit from.

      • therealjjohnson

        I think the beats are similar. I also think the Cha Cha song is pretty cool. Its not a rap song…but its pretty catchy.

    • MassConglom

      J-Cole’s “Can’t Get Enough” ft. Trey Songz comes to mind.

  • ❤ T’მἶ ❤

    I don’t see the comparisons. But l guess…

  • S. Grand

    Matter of fact, for clarification: How many producers can you distinguish one from another by their sound?

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  • BlackJays

    Question to all you Drake dick riders……
    Does WheelChair Jimmy have a single original thought in his head?

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  • Mrs. Davis804

    Badu is right. Take that buzz bruh, and RUN!

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  • IDNTGIVAFUCKBOUTNOTHING

    Drake gotta make Every Song sound completely Different from ANY other Song in Existence every time.

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