In an interview with The FADER, Drake explained the connection between the two songs in a long-winded roundabout reference to Jamaican dancehall.
“You know, like in Jamaica, you’ll have a riddim and it’s like, everyone has to do a song on that,” Drake said. “Imagine that in rap, or imagine that in R&B. Imagine if we got one beat and every single person—me, this guy, this guy, all these guys—had to do a song on that one beat. So sometimes I’ll pick a beat that’s a bit, like, sunnier, I guess is the word you used, than usual, and I just try my hand at it. And that’s kind of what ‘Hotline Bling’ was. And I loved it. It’s cool. I’ve been excited by that sort of creative process.”
Since publicly outing Drake for being a swagger jacker, D.R.A.M. has received support from Erykah Badu, who referred to “Cha Cha” as “unique and raw.”
@ONLY1DRAM we loved Cha Cha first. Very unique and raw.
That's That underground magic force that sparks a seed to grow a tree. . . Ms. badu