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So I’m sure most of you (if not all of you) have seen Drake’s new Hotline Bling music video that was released this past week. Or if you haven’t seen the actual video, you’ve seen the creative and hilarious vines that have taken over your social media. Like the one where he is putting pepperonis on a pizza, or the one where he is hitting tennis balls, or the one where he is bouncing a basketball…I could keep going but there are too many to list!

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For me, Drake is bae. So anything Drake related catches my eye immediately.

Today I learned something new, and to be honest I think it is so awesome.

Drake’s Hotline Bling video strongly resembles some fine art by an artist named James Turrell. Turrell had created installation work using light and space. Below I will show you the comparisons with James Turrell’s work on the left and a screenshot of Drake’s video on the right:

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(Sorry they are all lined up weird, wordpress is being difficult :p)

So Drake fans…isn’t this awesome?! I’m sure you all are wondering if the two are connected. The article I read that showed me this awesomeness said that James Turrell answered this question for us with the following response:

“While I am truly flattered to learn that Drake f*cks with me, I nevertheless wish to make clear that neither I nor any of my woes was involved in any way in the making of the Hotline Bling video”


  1. jrinonos wrote:

    I thought the visuals of the video were really awesome. But what I really love is the statement by the artist that inspired the visuals. Specifically how he refers to his people has his “woes” lol

    Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm | Permalink
  2. smahboub wrote:

    Wow you solved what i have been wondering! the video features seemed familiar to me and reminded me of Art but I couldn’t think of who and what art work! James Turrell works are stunning!
    Thank you for the post 😀

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  3. smokhibe wrote:

    That’s pretty awesome. I love when artists across fields incorporate each others work within their respective product. Kanye always hires different artists (Takashi Murakami, KAWS etc.) to do his album art, and it always adds a new element of interest to his music! Props to Drake for trying the same, although his lyrical content is very underwhelming…

    Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1:21 pm | Permalink
  4. esuh3 wrote:

    The visuals in his music video were so beautiful. I actually remember watching it and admiring it. I had no idea of the similarities though.

    Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  5. kcolema7 wrote:

    I love Drake and I’ve been obsessed with the visuals in this video, thank you much for sharing!!!

    Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  6. Taylor Frazier wrote:

    oh my goodness I love Drake! Drake has actually been known to be very into artists and doing things to represent them within his work. But the artist comment gets me, I laughed so hard

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 4:34 pm | Permalink