Drake - Hotline Bling - 2015

Introduction to "Hotline Bling" by Drake

Drake's "Hotline Bling" is a song that marked a significant moment in contemporary music history. Released in 2015, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon, known for its catchy melody, unique video, and Drake's distinct style. In this module, we'll explore various aspects of "Hotline Bling," including its musical composition, lyrics, and impact on popular culture.

Background and Composition

"Hotline Bling" was a departure from Drake's typical rap style, incorporating elements of R&B and soul music. It samples the 1972 song "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas, using its minimalist, organ-driven instrumentation as the backbone of the track.

  1. Drake: Learn about the artist behind the song.
  2. R&B and Soul Music: Discover the genres that influenced "Hotline Bling."
  3. Sampling in Music: Understand how Drake used an older song to create something new.

Lyrics and Themes

The lyrics of "Hotline Bling" revolve around the theme of a past relationship and the changes that occur when people grow apart. Drake reflects on his feelings and experiences, providing a personal glimpse into his life.

  1. Music and Emotion: Explore how music can convey feelings.
  2. Songwriting: Learn about the process of writing lyrics.
  3. Narrative in Music: Understand storytelling in songs.

The Music Video

The music video for "Hotline Bling" became famous for its minimalistic style and Drake's dance moves, which sparked numerous memes and parodies, contributing significantly to the song's popularity.

  1. Music Videos: Discover the role of visual elements in music.
  2. Internet Culture: Learn how the internet influences music popularity.
  3. Dance in Music Videos: Explore the importance of dance in visual storytelling.

Impact and Legacy

Since its release, "Hotline Bling" has left a lasting impact on pop culture, influencing music, fashion, and internet memes. It's a testament to Drake's influence as an artist and the power of a song to transcend traditional boundaries of music and enter the broader cultural conversation.

  1. Pop Culture: Understand the song's role in contemporary culture.
  2. Music and Fashion: Explore the connection between music and fashion trends.
  3. Internet Memes: Learn about the song's influence in the digital space.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Hotline Bling" released? (2015) (!2013) (!2016) (!2014)

Which song does "Hotline Bling" sample? ("Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas) (!"Let's Stay Together" by Al Green) (!"Hotline" by Ciara) (!"Cellphone" by Drake)

What is the main theme of "Hotline Bling"? (Relationship changes and personal reflections) (!Clubbing and nightlife) (!Success and wealth) (!Friendship and loyalty)

How did the music video for "Hotline Bling" become notable? (For its minimalistic style and Drake's dance moves) (!For its high-budget special effects) (!For featuring multiple celebrity cameos) (!For its storyline set in space)

What genre does "Hotline Bling" primarily belong to? (R&B and Soul) (!Hip-Hop) (!Pop) (!Electronic Dance Music)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Drake's full name? (Aubrey Drake Graham) (!Aubrey David Graham) (!David Aubrey Graham) (!Drake Aubrey)

In addition to being a musician, what other profession is Drake known for? (Actor) (!Painter) (!Chef) (!Professional basketball player)

Where is Drake originally from? (Toronto, Canada) (!New York City, USA) (!London, England) (!Atlanta, USA)

Which album did "Hotline Bling" appear on? (It was a standalone single) (!"Views") (!"Scorpion") (!"Nothing Was the Same")

Before his solo career, Drake was a part of which television show? ("Degrassi: The Next Generation") (!"The Wire") (!"90210") (!"Glee")

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

In "Hotline Bling," what activity does Drake mention that the girl used to do? (Calling him on his cell phone) (!Texting him late at night) (!Sending him emails) (!Paging him)

Which city does Drake reference in the song? (Toronto) (!New York) (!Miami) (!Los Angeles)

What does Drake imply about the girl's lifestyle changes? (She goes out more and has changed) (!She has become more studious) (!She has moved to another country) (!She has started a new job)

What emotion does Drake primarily express in "Hotline Bling"? (Nostalgia and regret) (!Happiness and contentment) (!Anger and frustration) (!Excitement and joy)

Which line in "Hotline Bling" suggests a change in the girl's behavior? ("Used to stay at home, be a good girl") (!"Loved the way you talked to me") (!"Remember when we danced all night") (!"You and I were inseparable")


Create a memory game with matching pairs for this topic. Insert suitable texts (at least 5 pairs) using exactly the following format, write only the text and leave no characters out, do not transform anything into a table, etc. Do not use any term twice. Term A matches Term 1, Term B matches Term 2, etc.

Drake's Full Name Aubrey Drake Graham
Sampled Song in "Hotline Bling" "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas
Release Year of "Hotline Bling" 2015
Drake's Hometown Toronto, Canada
Main Theme of "Hotline Bling" Relationship changes and personal reflections

Open Tasks


  1. Create a Playlist: Create a playlist of songs that share themes with "Hotline Bling."
  2. Analyze a Music Video: Analyze the "Hotline Bling" music video and discuss its visual impact.


  1. Song Comparison: Compare "Hotline Bling" to the original song it samples, "Why Can't We Live Together."
  2. Explore Drake's Discography: Listen to different songs by Drake and identify changes in his musical style over time.


  1. Write a Song: Write your own song inspired by the themes in "Hotline Bling."
  2. Investigate Music Sampling: Research the use of sampling in music and create a report on its artistic and legal aspects.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Impact of "Hotline Bling" on contemporary music and pop culture.
  2. Examine the Role of Internet Memes in the spread and popularity of songs like "Hotline Bling."
  3. Analyze the Lyrics of "Hotline Bling" and their reflection of personal experiences in music.
  4. Explore the Relationship between music videos and song popularity.
  5. Discuss the Evolution of Drake's musical style and its influence on the hip-hop and R&B genres.

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