Bee­nie Man Re­sponds To Crit­ics Of Drake ‘Con­trolla’ Sam­ple

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All hell broke loose on so­cial me­dia when Drake re­leased his new al­bum Views and dance­hall fans found that the Cana­dian rap­per re­placed Pop­caan with Bee­nie Man on “Con­trolla.” Dance­hall fans were sur­pris­ingly up­set par­tic­u­larly Pop­caan fans. The “Un­ruly Boss” dee­jay has a verse on the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the single which was leaked on­line last month. But there was no signs of any corn pop­ping on the al­bum ver­sion. In­stead, Drizzy and his pro­ducer 40 in­jected a two decade old Bee­nie Man sam­ple from the dance­hall leg­end’s single “Tear Off Mi Gar­ments.” In re­sponse to his crit­ics, Bee­nie Man says that it is a good look for dance­hall when Drake sam­ple his 1995 hit.

“They reached out to me to clear the sam­ple then he reached out to me to do an in­tro for the song,” Bee­nie said. “It’s a big deal. For some­body to take a song that I’ve been done for 15 years, to release and put it out – it’s a big deal. It’s al­ways great. For him to idol­ize me like that, it’s a big deal.”

Bee­nie Man has worked with a lot of in­ter­na­tional artists in the past in­clud­ing Maya and Janet Jack­son.

Dance­hall mu­sic saw a de­cline on the in­ter­na­tional stage over the last decade but the genre is now see­ing a resur­gence back into the main­stream of mu­sic.

“Dance­hall is in the main­stream now,” the dance­hall icon added. “No. 1 Bill­board song (Ri­hanna Work). Dance­hall is a cul­ture that ev­ery­one wants to be a part of. No­body wants to be part of a cul­ture with no mean­ing in it. Right now, every­body tries to kick it with the dance­hall.”

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