Drake has dropped the highly anticipated video for his track “Hotline Bling.” Keeping with the song’s booty call theme, the Director X-helmed video reveals with an office filled with phone sex operators prior to a action shifts to Drake, who delivers his surprise smash single within a sleek, futuristic room where monochromatic colors bounce away from the walls. Like the song itself, the “Hotline Bling” video debuted on Apple Music.
Since Drake debuted the song on OVO Sound’s Beats 1 radio show in late July, the track has proved to be a hit, almost pushing Drake towards his first-ever Number One hit. The track has often been referred to as a remix from the rapper D.R.A.M.’s tropical “Cha Cha.” While Drake hasn’t confirmed that “Hotline Bling” can be a remix of “Cha Cha,” the song does include a sped-up sample of Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together.” Check sheet music and piano notes to the video.
“Hotline Bling” has additionally become a popular track to protect for other artists. Everyone from Nick Jonas to Erykah Badu have either covered the song live or recorded it to distribute online. Badu’s remix for example reimagines the song from her perspective and interpolates not simply her own single “On and On” but her ex-boyfriend Andre 3000’s hit “Ms. Jackson” also.