His family emigrated to the United States and they settled in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn, located in New York City, New York, USA. In 1988, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served during Operation Desert Storm during the Persian
Gulf War. On his return from the Persian Gulf, he decided to pursue his music career and his first hit in 1993: "Oh Carolina", was a dancehall re-make 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. He had further big hits, including "Boombastic" in 1995.
He then had a major comeback in 2001, featuring worldwide number-one hit singles "It
Wasn't Me" and "Angel," the latter of which was built around Merrilee Rush's 1968 hit "Angel of the Morning" (which was remade in 1981 by Juice Newton). The album Hot Shot, from which those cuts came, would hit number one on the Billboard 200.
In 2002 he released an album entitled Lucky Day, and another in 2005, entitled Clothes Drop. Both albums were not as successful as hot shot.
See you in Jamaica.