Drake video: It’s The Avengers/Hotline Bling mashup you’ve all been waiting for

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Drake Takes: Rating the Many Covers of ‘Hotline Bling’.

This Sunday in #nerdland: Black Lives Matters receives endorsements for a town hall on racial justice, the Ferguson Effect myth, a new coalition to cut down mass incarceration, Trump loses bragging rights, a string of church fires in St. IGN have created this brilliant mashup which shows the superheroes speechless as they marvel on the beauty that is the rapper’s hip-grinding and arm-swinging.

This time the “All Eyes On You” rapper chose to poke fun at Drizzy’s “Hotline Bling” video while performing at radio station Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in his hometown of Philadelphia. Drake’s current hit, “Hotling Bling,” got mashed up with The Avengers, and the video, posted to IGN’s Facebook page on Saturday, Oct. 24, is actually everything. Of course, sports teams can’t help themselves in these situations, and have to join in on the vine craze to prove they are hip, young, with it, etc., only to make stuff not cool anymore That’s exactly what Clemson did today after blowing the doors off Miami, celebrating the win with their own “Hotline Bling” vine.

It instantly eclipsed the rapper’s Meek Mill diss track “Charged Up” (which arrived the same day), despite all the hoopla surrounding the Drake-Meek beef. “Hotline Bling” recently climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, which makes it Drake’s second-biggest pop hit to date. In a video clip that’s quickly making the rounds on social media, Meek taunts Drake about his dance moves in the viral hit telling the crowd that the OVO leader has “two left feet” and that “You won’t have me looking like Drake … I’m a gangsta.” At another point in the show, the Dream Chasers boss makes light of one of the 6 God’s most stinging lines on his hit diss track “Back To Back,” asking the feverish audience, “Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?

I got the hottest chick in the game.” One can only wonder if Meek’s latest stunt will push Drake to release the long-rumored third diss he allegedly has been waiting to drop to effectively end things, once and for all. Jackson’s Nick Fury, and Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill watch Drizzy in both horror and awe as he’s locked in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s transparent cage. In today’s pop world, the true measure of a song’s impact is how many tributes it inspires—vines, dance routines, covers, memes—and “Hotline Bling” is a runaway success by this standard, as well. Since the hit song’s original video release on Monday, Oct. 19, many parodies have come up — including a Bollywood version, Pokemon version, and Rugrats version — but this is the best one we’ve seen! The former Degrassi star’s music video for “Hotline Bling” gained immediate notoriety, as it featured the hunky rapper showing off some amazing dance moves.

More than a hundred of the nation’s top police chiefs and prosecutors joined forces in a coalition centered on the idea that putting too many people behind bars doesn’t really keep the public safe. Drake figured out a long time ago that by pitching his voice slightly lower than you expect—as if he can’t quite bother to get to the right note, because his emotions are too muted—he can communicate more guilt, pain and indecision. Badu is probably the most unexpected artist to enter the “Hotline Bling” fray: Most of her competitors are young singers looking for an easy way to generate additional interest.

Badu comes at “Hotline Bling” from her typically idiosyncratic perspective—”you used to call me on your cell-u-lar device at night.” She then interpolates one of her first hits, “On and On,” and sneaks in a reference to her ex-boyfriend Andre 3000’s work in Outkast (“forever ever?”). And Badu is only getting started: She adds some flowery ’70s-sounding keyboards and a lengthy recording of her voice instructing listeners how to leave messages: “If you’re trying to beg for some shit in general, press 4.” The whole thing is completely over the top, but Badu somehow injects a dose of levity into the song, while nearly every other performer attempts to make it even more serious. In Cole’s version, she’s upset that a former companion is hitting the town without her, but he also used to bring her down when they were together—”everybody knows you left me stressed out.” These feelings are by no means mutually exclusive, but they make for a tougher sell: Drake’s original kept things simple.

It doesn’t take much work to transform “Hotline Bling” into sad-sack cocktail-lounge fare, but the instant the two singers’ voices blend, the effect is undeniable, giving both performers the chance to vent their frustrations—humanizing the song, since each side gets a say.

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