Anthony Hamilton Puts The Gospel In Hotline Bling And Gives It New Meaning (Video)
With all the covers, remixes and non-stop plays of the original, Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which was already derivative, will not die. And, just when it seemed there could not be another original re-invention of the song, enter Anthony Hamilton and his group, The Hamiltones.
Hamilton has always been a singer with an old soul, and he and his group completely re-imagine the song in the vein of a good, old-fashioned spiritual. The gospel re-arrangement not only sounds different, it gives the song a completely different import. In fact, the overall tone is more of a humble plea similar to that conveyed in Gospel classics like “Pass Me Not,” than the self-pity party of the original. Take a look.