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With the release of the video for Drake‘s hit-single “Hotline Bling” reigniting the controversy about the song’s similarities to D.R.A.M.‘s breakout effort “Cha Cha,” The FADER have published an unreleased quote from their expansive Drake piece that may address the issue. Speaking to the outlet, Drake gave the following statement:
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that…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.”
What are your thoughts? Should D.R.A.M. feel slighted by Drake’s song?