This debate has been brewing for months, but finally hit a head on Monday night when D.R.A.M. accused Drake of jacking his buzz single ‘Cha Cha‘ for his late summer smash ‘Hotline Bling.’
So, what’s the debate? Some people hear the similarities between the two beats, while many don’t hear it at all. When ‘Hotline Bling’ premiered on OVO Sound radio it was called the “Cha Cha remix” on Beats1 radio’s Twitter.
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) July 25, 2015
Both songs are influenced by Timmy Thomas’ ‘Why Can’t We Live Together.’ Drake used the sample directly on ‘Hotline Bling,’ while D.R.A.M. recreated the Thomas instrumental using a sample from Super Mario’s ‘Star World.’
Drake compared the similarities in the two songs to Dancehall riddims in his interview with Fader, but the magazine withheld that part until Tuesday morning. Drake told the magazine:
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” Drake said. “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.”
Badu also responded to D.R.A.M.’s rant as well.
@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
So what say you? Did Drake redefined the R&B game by incorporating the “riddim” concept or did he jack D.R.A.M.? Should D.R.A.M. take the L & charge it to the game?