Backstreet Boys Jokingly Calls Out Drake Over 'Hotline Bling'

'Before there was Hotline Bling... there was The Call,' the boyband gives Drizzy a friendly reminder that he's not the first to make a song based on phones.

AceShowbiz - While %cDrake% is still dominating the charts with his "Hotline Bling", %cBackstreet Boys% reminds him that he's not the first to make a song based on phones. The boyband jokingly points out the similar theme between the rapper's hit and one of their own singles in a tweet they posted on Friday, October 24.

"Not to cause any beef @Drake... but before there was Hotline Bling... there was The Call," the group wrote, referring to the song off their 2000 album "Black & Blue". In a follow-up post, they showed what it would be like if the cover art of "Hotline Bling" was used for their track.

"Hotline Bling" is currently spending a second week sitting at No. 2 behind %cThe Weeknd%'s "The Hills" on Billboard Hot 100. It's been expected to become Drizzy's first single to hit No. 1 on the chart.

The song has been compared to "Cha Cha" by %cD.R.A.M.%, who recently said that he felt like Drake had "jacked" his record from him. Addressing D.R.A.M.'s statement, Drake acknowledged the two tracks' similarities, but he denied he stole anything.

"You know, like in Jamaica, you'll have a riddim and it's like, everyone has to do a song on that," he explained. "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," he continued.

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