The song “Hotline Bling,” which is performed by Canadian rapper Drake, is considered among the most popular songs of the year.
While it neither earned a Grammy nomination nor was included in YouTube’s top 10 videos of the year, the video became very popular on social media.
The video peaked at the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in October, which makes it the highest ranked song from Drake since “Started from the Bottom” in 2013, which also made it to the Top 10.
Drake’s dance moves were said to have contributed to the video’s success and popularity, in spite of the fact that it wasn’t uploaded on YouTube until the end of its first week.
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Now it seems like social media is making “Hotline Bling” even more popular after a YouTube user collected portions of Barack Obama’s speeches and turned them into a mash-up video.
The video was created and uploaded by Baracksdubs, the channel that prides itself in taking sound bites and portions from the President’s statements and speeches and turning them into mash-up videos.
In these videos, the president is shown “performing” his own version of some of the industry’s most popular songs.
The owner of the channel should definitely be commended for his hard work. It is difficult to search for specific words from Obama’s speeches, but he managed to successfully accomplish this feat. In this particular song, the most difficult word to find is “bling.”
In the YouTube clip, it appears that the country’s commander-in-chief is rapping his own version of Drake’s song.
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To make the video even funnier, the creators cut out a picture of Obama’s head and pasted it onto video of Drake’s body as Drake does the smooth dance moves that helped make the video popular.
Watching the president rapping is one thing, but seeing him doing these dance moves makes the video even more fun and entertaining to watch.
Other Baracksdubs videos in the past include “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, and “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.
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Award-winning singer Adele also expressed her interest in making her own remix of the song, and it seems like Drake is very enthusiastic about it.
As for Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” although it received positive reviews from critics and fans, the music industry was somewhat surprised that it did not receive any Grammy nominations.
However, a Forbes report said that Drizzy’s hit was not considered by the academy because the rapper did not submit the song for consideration in the nominations.
A rep from the Recording Academy confirmed that the 29-year-old artist did not submit “Hotline Bling.” But the report stated that this could in fact be proof that he has done a lot of work this year.
— People magazine (@people) December 16, 2015
Drake may have declined to submit the song because he has other tracks and songs that will definitely be considered for the awarding event in February. If he submits all of his popular tracks from the past year, then voting could be spread thin across all of them, and as a result, none of them would win.
Aside from “Hotline Bling,” another popular track that Drake did not submit for consideration is his collaboration with Future, What a Time to be Alive. The mixtape/album achieved number one status this year, and it was well received by critics as well.
— O le mag (@OleMag) December 16, 2015
American rapper and artist Kanye West made that mistake a few years ago when he submitted two of his bestselling albums in 2012 for the 54th Grammys. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was his solo album, while Watch The Throne was a collaboration with Jay Z. Unfortunately, neither of the two albums won as Album of the Year.
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