Hotline Bling samples a 70’s RnB hit, but which one?

Now I’m sure you’re aware of Drake’s massive hit this year called Hotline Bling — and if you’re not, tell me how it was living under that rock. There was no escaping the track that spawned thousands of Drake memes (the pizza one being my personal favourite) and almost set a new record for most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. That being said, there is a whole generation of us that don’t know where the distinctive synthesised beat for the song came from in the first place.

It has been rumoured that Drake could have borrowed sounds from a certain Italian plumber to make the track but these claims of a Mario Brothers infused song are mistaken. Mama Mia!

However, the time has come to shed some light on the original sampled song and put the rumours to bed. I will say this and only this, listen to ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ by Timmy Thomas and prepare to hear Hotline Bling stripped back to its 1972 Soul roots.

The original track hit number one on the R&B charts and number three in the Billboard Pop Singles chart in early 1973–43 years ago.

It’s crazy to think of Drake jamming to this oldie and thinking to himself “I can make a banger out of this” but, banger he did make and now you can impress your friends with this fine piece of musical knowledge.

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