A photo posted by D.R.A.M. not DRAM (@only1dram) on Oct 7, 2015 at 12:21pm PDT
Drake is flying high on the success of "Hotline Bling" and he's making his way towards a career milestone thanks to the record. However, before the Toronto rhymer dropped his single, D.R.A.M. had the Internet buzzing with his track "Cha Cha." Both songs sound eerily similar and following the release of the "Hotline Bling" video, the up-and-coming Virginia artist tweeted about Drizzy jacking his record.
Ironically, Drake gifted fans with a new visual on the same night of D.R.A.M.'s first Toronto performance. He took to Twitter admitting that his excitement about the performance was dampened by comparisons of the two tracks.
"Just performed in Toronto for the 1st time tonight and it was bittersweet," he wrote. "Sweet cus I’m out here sharing my music, my sound with the people..Bitter though, cus after my performance all I’m seeing is Cha Cha/Hotline Bling comparisons on my timeline."
Yeah, I feel I got jacked for my record...But I’m GOOD. — D.R.A.M. not DRAM (@ONLY1DRAM) October 20, 2015
I’m happy that the VA sound that me & @GabeNiles are steady working on is growing. And in 2016 we gon’ own it, GAHDAMN!. — D.R.A.M. not DRAM (@ONLY1DRAM) October 20, 2015
D.R.A.M.'s "Cha Cha" first exploded to popularity back in May when Beyoncé shared a clip of herself dancing to the song on Instagram. Drake released "Hotline Bling" during his Beats 1 OVO Sound radio show at the end of July. The song has since become a fan favorite and one of the year's most covered tracks.
"Hotline Bling" is on the verge of pushing Drizzy towards a career milestone: earning his first No. 1 single as the main artist. The track moved 3-2 on the latest Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 24). He recently posted on social media that topping the Hot 100 would be the "biggest moment" of his career.
"I spend my life trying to make waves for the city I am from [Toronto]. No accolades really matter to me other than the fact that I have never had a billboard number one," Drake posted on Instagram. "If I get my first number one during the month of October it will be the biggest moment of my career to date (in my mind)."
Twitter sparked a debate on whether or not "Hotline Bling" is in fact a sample of "Cha Cha." Note: Both tracks sample Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together." Check out what's being said below.
RT He makes a habit of "stealing", "being influenced", or whatever you want to call it. (ie take care and Jamie xx https://t.co/3WzBuCKLJp — bibi (@al_cole_holic) October 20, 2015
Yeah, Bling may have been made in the same "spirit" as Cha Cha but the beats are totally different, at least in construction, if not melody — Black Pope (@BruceLeland) October 20, 2015
Lmao Drake really did jack DRAM's song and made a number one hit out of it but who fault is that? — Will. (@lad3uxieme) October 20, 2015
Cha Cha sampled Super Mario World. Hotline Bling's instrumental copies Cha Cha just at a different pace. Say otherwise you're stupid. — Kenny (@PhillyCustoms) October 20, 2015
Try to sing cha cha over the hotline bling instrumental and report back — jaylen! (@jaypreme) October 20, 2015