Drake and Justin Bieber happen to be supporting 1 another and collaborating together some time before Bieber’s remix in the rapper’s “Hotline Bling.” In 2011, the Torontonians tied for International Video in the Year By a Canadian for the MuchMusic Video Awards. Check sheet music page.
Bieber’s then-girlfriend Selena Gomez hosted the ceremony that year and presented the trophy alongside Colin Farrell. The singer won for “Somebody to Love (Remix)” featuring his mentor Usher while Drake won for “Find Your Love.” Upon arriving within the stage together, the rapper made room for Bieber for being closer to Gomez. “Selena, nice to satisfy you. I’m Justin,” a flirtatious, teenage Bieber says to his now former girlfriend within the stage. “You’re very beautiful. Maybe we are able to go out sometime.”
During his speech, Drake ensured to note how both he plus the singer “both take action for Toronto.” Bieber shared the same sentiment when previewing his “Hotline Bling” remix on Instagram. “Canadian boys really executing it,” he wrote. More about sheet music here.
Later in, Bieber released a clean remix of Drake‘s “Trust Issues,” the rapper took a couple of issues with Bieber taking care of the language. “I wish he would’ve left the many cuss words inside it,” he told MTV News. “I think that that would’ve been so G, if he would’ve done all of the swearing. I was excited when I heard he remixed it since there was being a gang of swearing because song. I was like ‘Oh, we’re going to hear the transformation of Bieber.'” Drake was more thrilled with Bieber’s remix skills just four years later.