Canadian rapper Drake has agreed to bring his love of Fortnite into his music, but only if developer Epic will meet him halfway with an in-game emote based on the music video for his hit song Hotline Bling.
As Kotaku reports, Drake addressed the idea of rapping about Fortnite during a recent call with streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.
“It has to happen, it’s just gotta be the right way,” Drake said. “Someone’s gonna do it. Someone’s gonna pull it off. I say when Epic gives me the emote, when Epic gives me the Hotline Bling emote, I’ll do it. Until then, I’m on strike.”
“I told them after our first session, even before, ‘guys, you need this Hotline Bling emote,'” Ninja responded, referring to the duo’s record-setting March Twitch stream, a totally impromptu collaboration which pulled in 600,000 viewers—a record which was also shattered just a few weeks later when YouTuber elrubius hosted a Fortnite live stream which brought in 1.1 million viewers.
Epic has yet to respond to Drake’s request, but the prospect of a Hotline Bling emote is more than just a pipedream. Fortnite’s cartoonish style suits the silliness of the Hotline Bling dance, which the Internet has had fun with before, and Epic has never been shy about pop culture references.
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