“Hotline Bling” is most likely about Drake’s old flame from Toronto, Nebby. She’s had an on and off relationship with the 6 God a few times, and her Instagram account is a constant reminder that she’s never home – always traveling to exotic places, and out wearing almost nothing. Based on the lyrics, it’s as if Drake wrote this song while scrolling through her Instagram page.
It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Drake’s highest peaking single (as a lead artist) since his breakthrough hit “Best I Ever Had”. The song heavily samples the song “Why Can’t We Live Together” by Timmy Thomas and has been remixed/covered by a seemingly ever-growing number of Drake’s peers, including Justin Bieber, Erykah Badu, Disclosure/Sam Smith, and Sufjan Stevens.
The official music video was released on October 19th via Apple Music, and was immediately made into a source of various memes involving Drake’s dancing. The song and choreography received much attention that Drake got to perform a segment of the infamous dance in a T-Mobile commercial that aired during Super Bowl 50.
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