10 Best ‘Hotline Bling’ Covers You Need to Hear
If you haven't heard Drake's "Hotline Bling" by now, there are three words you need to hear: shame on you.
The battle between Drizzy and Meek Mill was just getting revved up when the Toronto native dropped the near sleeper hit over the summer. Originally billed as a "Cha Cha" remix - it uses the same sample from D.R.A.M.'s track -- the song quickly became a fan favorite and subsequently inspired hundreds of covers on YouTube from rising artists to established stars.
Then when the minimalistic spell-binding music video arrived, the memes and spoofs mocking the 6 God's various dance moves never seemed to end. With all of the hype surrounding the track (for good reason) it seemed destined for the song to become Drake's first solo song to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart. While it didn't score the coveted position, "Hotline Bling" did peak at No. 2 spot -- tying with "Best I Ever Had" as his highest-rated song -- and is arguably his most popular track.
From inspiring pink attire to renditions from Mike Tyson and most recently, Donald Trump, the song has pretty much reached every facet of pop culture. While their covers were pretty much a joke, others from Erykah Badu, Kehlani and Trina prove you can never get too much of a good thing. Check out 10 Best "Hotline Bling" Covers You Need to Hear.
Justin Bieber immediately became a trending topic on Twitter when he dropped a surprise cover of "Hotline Bling" last month. In his version, he sings about a girl who's "trying to run game" and "lies about being with her girlfriends" when he leaves the city. "I know you called him on his cell phone when you couldn't reach my love," he croons. But he's still willing to give his lady a second chance. "Call me on that hotline bling if you want to be with me," he sings. The beat pretty much stays the same as his fellow Canadian brethren's original, but the change in perspective makes it a repeat listen.
Alessia Cara is on the rise after releasing the introvert theme, "Here," so it's only natural she goes the opposite route and joins the party of artists covering "Hotline Bling." The Canada native keeps the same lyrics in tact but adds a grittier swag to the tune before she belts out on the chorus. Although she hasn't recorded a studio version of the track, you can find her singing Drake's tune during her live shows. She's got a knack for capturing the magic over and over again.
Keyshia Cole removes herself from the situation and speaks from a worried friend's perspective in her version of "Hotline Bling." "She used to call you on your cell phone," she sings about her lovesick friend who "started feeling sorry" for herself and "started caring less and going out more." She addresses the chorus to her friend's wack ex who calls when he needs her love. Although Keyshia belts her heart out on this song, it doesn't top the way she echoed her pain on her 2006 hit song "Love." But it's still pretty dope.
Sam Smith decided to add his own cover of "Hotline Bling" into the mix for BBC Radio 1. For his rendition, he teams up with the electronic dance music duo Disclosure. While the British-bred singer stays true to the essence of Drizzy's original by repeating the exact lyrics, Disclosure adds a dance mix to the beat, creating an atmosphere that calls for more dancing than introspective thoughts on an ex. Smith, who's not one to shy away from the theme of heartbreak, brings a mellow, soulful vibe to the tune.
The Bay Area's own Kehlani and singer Charlie Puth (you know him best for Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again") team up in an effort to capture Drake's "Hotline Bling" in their own unique way. Puth kicks off the cover with his striking vocals over tinkling piano keys and harmonizes with Kehlani for the chorus. She takes the second verse, showcasing her soulful tone before they join together again. The result: music to our ears.
Jeremy Green doesn't need words to make listeners feel at peace with his cover of "Hotline Bling." Instead, he uses his skills with the viola to provide a soothing rendition that would surely impress the OVO leader. While Drake paints an ugly picture of a back-and-forth relationship in a grim situation, Green's strings fill the air with a hopeful vibe. It's been about a week since the Green uploaded his version to YouTube but so far, he's gained over 17,000 views. His covers of Adele's "Hello" and Sia's "Chandelier" are equally amazing.
Drawing inspiration from the old school, Rotimi brings "Hotline Bling" back to the days when you'd call your crush at home. "I used to call you on your house phone," he croons before adding how his boo's mom screened his calls while her dad "never f---ed with me." But that didn't stop the two from talking "all night long." Rotimi's version completely switches the narrative of Drake's song, giving it a breath of fresh air. He also perfectly captures the nostalgia for teens growing up in the '90s and early 2000s -- you know, the days without a cell phone. And with crisp vocals to match, the G-Unit signee delivers a solid offering full of imagery to bring listeners back to the yesteryears.
Eighteen-year-old Arizona native Kiana Brown has amassed the highest number of YouTube views for a "Hotline Bling" cover we've seen -- over three million and counting. The songbird brings a soulful vibe to the tune as her partner provides an assist with the keyboard. Brown surges into the chorus before falling into a falsetto to sing "I know when that hotline bling, that can only mean one thing." Although the play time falls just under two minutes, it's enough to give us chills. Her version also remains in second place for total views for the many versions of "Hotline Bling" -- Drake's own music video holds the No. 1 spot.
Trina proves she's the baddest bitch once again as she tackles Drake's track with ease. The rapper is no loner waiting for her ex to call, but rather she's hanging up on the lame. The "Pull Over" MC comes out the gate with her boisterous rhyming style adding a punch to the original lovesick tune. And to add insult to injury, she's moved on. "You in love with a stripper? I'm in love with a Clipper," she rhymes before adding that she's "disconnecting this hopelessness." Ouch.
Erykah Badu takes "Hotline Bling," sprinkles it with her interplanetary vibes and makes it her own. The eclectic singer slows things down for her take, turning the record into a trance-like tune. She breaks down the word "cell-u-lar de-vice" in lieu of Drake's "cell phone" and sticks with the telephone theme. Badu even adds a voicemail message with hilarious prompts like, "If you're calling to beg for some s--- in general, press four" and "if you're asking to ask for some free tickets for a city near you and know she don't really f--- with you like that, press seven." The effort turns out to be seven minutes of heaven -- especially since it's the first wave of new music to come from the "On & On" singer in quite some time.
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