Multiple award-winning Jaimacan superstar, Shaggy has revealed how the King of Pop- Michael Jackson made much enquiries about him because he was digging him so much.
Noted for ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and several other hit songs, Shaggy made this disclosure while admonishing fellow Jamaican artistes to inculcate Standard English into their composition to broaden their audience reach.
Shaggy, real name, Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell, was speaking at ‘Lets Connect with Ambassador Marks.’ During the monthly chat series hosted on social media by Audrey Marks, Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, he used his own life experiences on the world stage to elaborate his message.
He recounted an incident he had with Maxi Priest during a tour in Brazil to buttress his point.
“When I went on tour with Maxi Priest in 1992, he took me to Brazil … Me as the little youth dem time deh in the background, and they asked him a question, and he said ‘Shaggy, you answer that.’ Me start seh ‘Well yuh want see seh everything kinda good inna the baseline and me deh yah a hold a vibe.’ He was there saying ‘English, English’,” Shaggy said.
He also shared an experience that he had with the late King of Pop, Micheal Jackson.
“I was in a room with him and It Wasn’t Me was his favourite. He started asking me where I wrote it, and this guy was reading my credits. Then he asked me about another song called Keeping it Real.
I was trying to learn about this guy, The King of Pop, and I couldn’t get a word in because he wanted to know so much about me. This is a person where, at that time, I was the hottest thing in the world, and as big as he is, he’s like ‘I want to know all about this guy because he is now my competition,’” Shaggy said.
He further added;
“I implore everybody, every artiste, to emulate people before you who are better at it, and figure ways you are to get around it. It’s cool to have a little bit of the swag a gwane, but if you take it too far, how you going to reach them. You need to have a balance,” he added.