Sample Saturdays: “Hotline Bling” by Drake


I know and you know that Hotline Bling has run it’s course (and you know this because Donald Trump danced to it on SNL) but there’s controversy that needs to be settled. Drake has been accused of stealing D.R.A.M’s style from his latest hit, Cha Cha. That is wrong and needs to be squashed. Drake’s famous Hotline Bling sampled Timmy Thomas’ Why Can’t We Live Together. Timmy Thomas is an R&B singer, keyboardist, and songwriter who is best known for the song that was sampled. The vinyl record was released in late 1972 and topped the U.S. Billboard R&B chart and the Billboard Hot 100. Music is a reoccurring cycle, Drake used that track (famous for its Hammond organ, and percussion) and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. D.R.A.M.’s ChaCha may have the same tempo and feel, but he sampled Koji Kondo’s Star World from Super Mario World. If anything, both artists copied people who created their own original works but that’s what sampling is: Enjoying someone else’s work, being influenced by it and making it your own while giving credit.

aafleur recommendation: Listen to the sample first

Watch a rendition of Hotline Bling by Sam Smith and Disclosure below:

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