Shaggy family migrated to the United States and they settled in the
neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn, located in New York City, New York.
In 1988, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served during Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War.
On Shaggy's return from Iraq, he decided to pursue his music career and his first hit in 1993: "Oh Carolina", a dancehall remake of a ska hit by the Folkes Brothers. The same year, Shaggy appeared on Kenny Dope's hip hop album "The Unreleased Project". He worked together with producers such as Sting Intl., Don One (who cut his first track), Lloyd 'Spiderman' Campbell and Robert Livingston.
Shaggy had further hits like "Boombastic" in 1995. He then had a comeback in 2001 featuring worldwide number 1s, "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel", which was built around Merilee Rush's 1968 hit "Angel of the Morning" (which was remade in 1981 by Juice Newton). The album would hit Number One on the Billboard 200. However, his 2002 release Lucky Day and 2005 album Clothes Drop failed to match Hot Shot's success.
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