So me say Brooklyn man helped me big them up
And a Manville man helped me big them up
And a New York man helped me big them up
And Flatbush man say helped me big them up
Orville Richard Burrell (born October 22, 1968), best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-born reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles “Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel”.
Burrell was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 18, he and his family moved to the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. In 1987, he took singing courses in Brooklyn and was discovered a year later, while singing in the streets with friends.
Shaggy was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a field artillery “gun bunny” during the Gulf War. It was during this time that Shaggy perfected his signature singing voice, breaking the constant monotony of running and marching cadences with his flair for inflection. It is also where he got the inspiration for his song “Boombastic”.