Among the myriad R&B samples that appear on Drake's fourth studio offering Views -- ranging from Ray J's "One Wish" to Mary J Blige's "Mary's Joint" -- one standout cameo comes from dancehall legend Beenie Man. After Views' release on Apple Music late Thursday night (April 28), the Jamaican star gushed to Billboard about Drizzy's breezy number "Controlla," previously released as a collaboration with dancehall act Popcaan, which contains a sample of Beenie Man's 1995 track "Tear Off Mi Garment." Below, Beenie Man discusses how he landed on "Controlla" and offers an update on his forthcoming Unstoppable album.
Drake samples your song "Tear Off Mi Garment" on "Controlla" from his new album Views. Did he reach out to you first?
They reached out to me to clear the sample then he reached out to me to do an intro for the song [Ed. Note: Beenie Man appears at the end of "Controlla."] 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. [Laughs]