They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Shelley Massenburg-Smith, the singer-rapper known as D.R.A.M., seems to disagree. His single "Cha Cha" landed him a deal with Atlantic in June after it became a viral hit, buoyed by clips of Beyoncé and Drake jamming to it. But then, in July, the latter released "Hotline Bling," which samples Timmy Thomas' 1972 soul hit "Why Can't We Live Together" to create a similar groove. Apple's Beats 1 station originally premiered "Hotline" with the subtitle "Cha Cha Remix" -- unlike the official version that's scaling the Billboard Hot 100, which credits Thomas as a co-writer but not D.R.A.M.
"I feel like my record got jacked," D.R.A.M. (which stands for "Does Real Ass Music"), 27, tells Billboard, reiterating a series of tweets he posted earlier this month. "And it's not just me. People been comparing 'Cha Cha' and 'Hotline Bling' since it came out."