Following several allegations of non-originality, Drake has revealed he just likes to try his hands on other people’s music.
A Hampton, Virginia musician by the name of D.R.A.M., accused Drake of copying his ‘Cha Cha‘ record for the OVO founder’s song, ‘Hotline bling‘.
At the time of release in July, Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ was initially premiered as ‘Cha Cha Remix’ and D.R.A.M. took to Twitter to voice his frustrations.
In a series of tweets, he wrote, “Just performed in Toronto for the 1st time tonight and it was bittersweet…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,“
However, Drake has only dismissed the allegation as being a creative process, saying he only just tries his hands on other people’s records as is done in Jamaica.
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” he says in an interview with FADER for its FADER 100 Drake feature.
“Imagine that in rap, or imagine that in R&B,” Drake continues. “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“