73-Year-Old Behind 'Hotline Bling' Sample Wants To Meet Drake
But, he didn’t meet Timmy Thomas.
The 73-year-old music teacher, whose 1972 song “Why Can’t We Live Together” was sampled for Drake’s hit “Hotline Bling,” hopes he will.
“I want to meet him one day and just give him a big hug and just say, 'Man, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to try to get my foot back in the door to try to teach these kids to be an asset instead of a liability," Thomas told Miami New Times.
“I want to say to Drake: ‘Wherever you are, I love you. Keep on doing what you're doing, man. I love you, brother. Please show these young people god's plan.’”
Thomas wrote and produced “Why Can’t We Live Together” as a plea for peace during the Vietnam War. Drake sampled it for his 2016 smash.
“I knew right away it was my record,” Thomas recalled. “And he sounds so good on it! I was so deeply honoured in my heart that he used my original music.”