Anyone can tell that upcoming artist D.R.A.M’s “Cha-Cha sounds similar to Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” It has been reported that both artist sampled from Timmy Thomas “Why Can’t We Live Together.” According to FADER Magazine, Drake basically compared what he did with Cha-Cha to Jamaican music.
Here is what he told FADER Magazine about using the “Cha-Cha” beat:
“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.”