Boombastic – Shaggy | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3) & R&B (#1); 1995

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Where others tried, Shaggy succeeded, becoming the biggest dancehall reggae artist in the U.S. and overseas. However, Shaggy’s career in music wasn’t the only interesting event in his life. Born Orville Robert Burrell in Kingston, Jamaica – where friends nicknamed him “Shaggy” after a Scooby-Doo character – he moved to Brooklyn as a teen. There he performed dancehall reggae. With his reputation growing, Shaggy signed on with the Marines as a steady job, then shuttled back to NYC from NC to attend recording sessions. Several indie singles had put him on the map, when he was shipped out to fight in Operation Desert Storm. After his tour of duty ended, Shaggy released his debut album, Pure Pleasure, which included the #1 UK smash, Oh Carolina. Pleasure became a Top 10 reggae charter and Carolina a #14 Modern Rock track. The stage was set for 1995’s Boombastic. The single was an across-the-board smash, while the album raced to #1 reggae, #11 R&B/Hip-Hop and won a Best Reggae Album Grammy.

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Produced by:

  • Shaggy

Lyrics Written by:

  • Orville Burrell
  • Robert Livingston
  • King Floyd III