Stop the madness people! Just stop it. This issue has been an internet thorn in my side for the past few days so I figured I’d take a few moments to address it. Drake’s Hotline Bling….is not D.R.A.M.’s Cha Cha. D.R.A.M’s Cha Cha, just doesn’t do it for me. It’s a fun feel good song…but sonically it doesn’t go too much further than that. I scoured the comments on YouTube, and I can safely admit that it seems like the general public loves this song. This is America, so I’ll always encourage that type of free choice, though I may think less of you. I digress.

My main issue with Cha Cha is that D.R.A.M. was a new name for me. I’d never heard of him prior to his breakout record, and the record itself didn’t urge me to find out more about it. The visuals while nice…leave too much to question. Is he a rapper….singer…a hybrid of both perhaps? Where does he come from? It he a legit breakthrough artist…or has he floated around the industry prior to this? Finally…do I care? The simple answer is no. There’s literally nothing about the record that makes me want to become a fan of D.R.A.M. just yet.

Drake’s Hotline Bling on the other hand, is another perfectly calculated release from the megastar that we’ve come to know as Drake. While even the rapper/singer himself admits that inspiration was borrowed from Cha Cha, it seemed to be only an essence. Essentially, what this means is that all you internet clowns who keep perpetuating that these one record is a straight rip from another…are high…and tone def. In an interview with Fader, Drake was quoted as saying:

“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.”

This was as an honest of a comment that could be made to clear up the controversy, but perhaps the legendary Erykah Badu put it best:

“We loved ‘Cha Cha’ first,” she said. “Very unique and raw. That’s that underground magic force that sparks a seed to grow a tree.” 

See, even she gets it. Inspirational yes, but to throw terms out like hijacked, bitten or ripped off…is a little extreme, especially when Hotline Bling was a far superior record. The critics will argue that Drake was able to pull this stunt off because he’s Drake…but come on people…let’s be honest about it. Sonically…Hotline Bling produced by Nineteen85, possessed a much more introspective vibe. It told a more cohesive and relatable story, which, of course added to the magic. To top it off, Drake, being the master of the internet that he is, danced like a fool throughout the record, knowing very well, the wrath of humor that would spawn from it. Face it people, this round goes to Drizzy as well.

As always, we welcome your comments, criticism and feedback, and are forever grateful for you choosing to make your home for the moment. Let us know which record you preferred, because at this point, that’s pretty much all we care about.

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