Shaggy migrated to the United States at a young age. He came to live in New York, in the Brooklyn district.
In 1988 he joined the United States Marine Corps and participated in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq during the Gulf War.
When he returned from Iraq, he decided to spend his time on music. In 1993 his first hit followed: “Oh Carolina”, a dancehall cover of a ska hit by the Folkes Brothers. The same year, Shaggy appeared on the Kenny Dope album called “The Unreleased Project”.
His next hit was “Boombastic” in 1995. Then he stopped with music but came back in 2001 with huge hits, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel”. The Shaggy album on which these tracks were called “Hot Shot”. The album was number 1 in the top 100 album for a long time. However, his next albums Lucky Day (2002) and Clothes Drop (2005) were never as high in the lists as Hot Shot.