Fader reports that they asked Drake about "Hotline Bling's" "sunnier vibe" and its similarity to the D.R.A.M. track and Ramriddlz’s "Sweeterman" during their recent cover story interview. They didn't run the quotes in that piece so they unleashed them today.
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” Drake told Fader when asked about the 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."
Other people seem to agree with D.R.A.M. about how much "Cha Cha" influenced "Hotline Bling." Erykah Badu (who remade the Drake track herself) for example, spoke about it on Twitter yesterday, acknowledging the song's impact.
Here are both songs so you can compare them for yourself.
What do you think? Did Drake jack the song or is he right to be inspired the way he described? Let us know in the comments.