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Bassist elated to be part of Drake's 5x platinum single
Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis

Bass guitarist Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis says the platinum certification of Drake's song, Controlla, is a huge accomplishment for him.

Controlla, a 2016 song that samples Beenie Man's Tear Off mi Garment, was on Thursday certified for five million units equivalent in streaming and sales.

Dennis played on Tear Off mi Garment and is credited on the Drake hit. Producer Patrick Roberts, the late engineer Gary Jackson and Andrew Thomas are also credited on the track as co-writers.

Controlla was co-produced by Jamaicans Matthew "Boi 1-Da" Samuels, Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor and Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee.

"You put in the hard work and the end result is you feel like you have accomplished something. It just feels like you have done something good," Dennis disclosed in an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Thursday.

Tear Off mi Garment was released in 1995 and released on Vibes House Productions, an imprint of Shocking Vibes Productions. The song was a big hit in Jamaica and dancehall markets abroad.

A founding member of the Firehouse Crew, Dennis also did session work for Shocking Vibes, for which Roberts is principal.

"I was working with Shocking Vibes for a period of time from when they were located at Slipe Road and when they moved to Constant Spring Road. We used to just vibe in the studio and make riddims. So the beat for Tear Off mi Garment was done without Beenie Man being in the studio," he disclosed.

Dennis also played on Shaggy's Grammy-winning 1995 album Boombastic (on In The Summertime and The Train is Coming). He also played on Shabba Ranks' Bedroom Bully which is featured on the toaster's Grammy-winning album Xtra Naked.

Dennis is originally from the Cockburn Pen area of Kingston. His passion for music developed from an early age, as his father was a musician.

"I got into music at an early age. I wasn't professionally trained, I learnt along the way how to play the guitar by listening to records," he said.

The first song he played on was by Super Cat in the 1980s which was recorded at Tuff Gong studios. Later, he did sessions at Channel One studio on Maxfield Avenue and for engineer/producer Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock whose Waterhouse studio the Firehouse Crew formed.

They were the recording unit for producer Philip "Fatis" Burrell's Xterminator Records, playing on numerous hit songs by Luciano and Sizzla. Dennis currently records and tours with Protoje's In.Digg.Nation band.

Controlla is from Drake's fourth album, Views. It has been certified gold in France, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, platinum in Portugal and Sweden, double platinum in Canada and the United Kingdom and triple platinum in Australia.

The song peaked at number 18 in the UK, number five on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and went number one on the US Rhythmic chart.

Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis
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