Shaggy, real name Orville Richard Burrelle, is very disappointed that he did not manage to gain respect as a reggae artist and become an influential figure in this field.
Shaggy confesses: "I'm 'conveniently reggae'. Whenever people want this type of music to be in Madison Square Garden, the big bosses ask about the music's homophobia, sex and violence reputation, and the promoters will say: 'That's not true, look at Shaggy.'"
"But when it's time to say, 'Look what reggae has done,' and acknowledge the people who have been influential, then I'm conveniently not reggae. I've had to live without that."
Shaggy started his music career in 1993 with "Oh Carolina", a dancehall remake of a hit by the Folkes Brothers. The same year, Shaggy appeared on Kenny Dope's hip hop album "The Unreleased Project".
He had a major a comeback in 2001 featuring worldwide number 1s, "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel".
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