“Hotline Bling” is a song by Canadian rapper Drake, which serves as the lead single from his fourth studio album Views (2016). The song is credited as a bonus track on the album.
Music critics were complimentary about the presentation of Drake’s emotional side, as well as its production, but criticized its lyrics. A music video directed by Director X was released two months later; it subsequently gained popularity on YouTube and spawned several parodies. The song was included on several year-end critics’ polls.
“Hotline Bling” reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number three in Drake’s native Canada and the United Kingdom. The song won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Song at the 2016 American Music Awards. It also received two wins at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Performance.
“Hotline Bling” is an R&B and pop song written by Drake and Nineteen85, the latter of whom also produced the song. The song was composed in D minor with a tempo of 135 beats per minute in common time with a chord progression of Bbmaj7 – Am7. The song was directly inspired by DRAM’s “Cha Cha” and was originally seen to be a remix, with the song premiering on Beats 1 OVO Sound Radio as “Hotline Bling (Cha Cha Remix)”. The song’s instrumental heavily samples R&B singer Timmy Thomas’s 1972 song “Why Can’t We Live Together”.