Drake Explains The Connection Between “Hotline Bling” & D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”

Last night Virginia performer D.R.A.M. responded to Twitter talk that Drake’s Top 10 smash “Hotline Bling” was very similar to his own internet hit “Cha Cha.”

(AllHipHop News) He even expressed the OVO leader “jacked” his record. It turns out Drake actually admitted that D.R.A.M. was the inspiration for his latest hit single.

Fader recently ran a cover story on Drake, and the publication has now released an outtake from that interview. The extended excerpt covers Drizzy discussing the connection between “Cha Cha” and “Hotline Bling.”

“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” stated Drake about the similarities between the two songs. “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 article also points out that while both songs have a similar musical feel, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” uses an actual sample from Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together” and D.R.A.M’s “Cha Cha” beat was recreated using Super Mario World music. At the time Drake originally released “Hotline Bling” in July, the record was labeled the “Cha Cha (Remix).”