It took six months, but a mobile phone brand finally realized that Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is perfectly suitable for a marketing tie-in.
T-Mobile revealed its Super Bowl 50 ad this morning on Twitter starring the rapper, whose song became a massive hit bolstered by his viral music video. The 30-second spot replicates Drake recording the music video and singing the lyric “you used to call me on my cellphone,” before three executives by a rival companies drop in slamming him with strict contract rules.
Our #BigGame commercial is here…featuring @Drake! #YouGotCarriered https://t.co/ebrSFafLUe
— T-Mobile (@TMobile) February 2, 2016
Besides giving the world another opportunity to laugh at Drake’s dad dancing, T-Mobile is promoting its “Un-Carrier” shtick that let’s people upgrade their phones and stream unlimited music and video with its albeit controversial “Music Freedom” and “Binge On” programs.
T-Mobile gravitates toward using popular celebrities for the Super Bowl. Last year, the brand hired Kim Kardashian to star in a similar self-aware spot. But judging by the Internet’s reaction, Drake is more beloved than Kardashian with people openly tweeting about loving….a phone company.
I’ve never been proud of having T-Mobile until I saw this drake commercial right now.
— Mayra (@MayLovesKidiNk) February 2, 2016
When your fave carrier @TMobile puts your fave rapper @Drake in their commercial. #genius I love y’all
— Natalie. (@TheJacksonEra) February 2, 2016
t-mobile about to cash in. i just showed my cousin (drake lover) the commercial and she wants to switched to t-mobile… we live in canada.
— maya (@mayaamor) February 2, 2016
Drake has T-mobile, I have T-mobile..I’m sensing a connnnnnecccctiiiooooonnnn
— marshamarshaMARSHA (@awkwardlym) February 2, 2016
Your move, Verizon.
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