Shaggy is a Jamaican-American singer and DJ who has accumulated a net worth of $14 million throughout the course of his career. He is also known by his birth name, Orville Burrell CD OJ. More than a dozen of Shaggy’s studio albums, including “Boombastic” (1995), “Hot Shot” (2000), which was certified six times platinum, and “Summer in Kingston,” have been released.
Shaggy is a well-known reggae artist (2011). In 2018, he collaborated with Sting on the Grammy-winning album “44/876,” which was released under their joint name.
Shaggy’s singles “Boombastic” (1995), “It Wasn’t Me” (2000), and “Angel” (2000) all reached the top 10 of the “Billboard” Hot 100 chart and were all certified Platinum or higher by the record industry. In 2007, he was given the rank of Commander in the Jamaican Order of Distinction that had been bestowed upon him.
Shaggy Early Life
Orville Richard Burrell, the future Shaggy, was born on October 22, 1968, in Jamaica. In Brooklyn, New York City, Shaggy’s parents Lorraine and Clinton moved the family when he was seven years old. In 1987, he began taking singing classes at Erasmus Hall High School. After that, he was found on the streets of New York City while singing with his pals the following year.
For his military service, Shaggy acquired the MOS of Field Artillery Cannon Crewman in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 (0811). He served in the 10th Marine Regiment with a Field Artillery Battery during the Persian Gulf War. Shaggy’s highest rank in the military was Lance corporal, however, he was demoted twice.
It was reported in a November 2011 interview with him “According to Shaggy in Military Times, “My biggest difficulty was being AWOL. ” On every weekend, I would drive to New York City in order to perform music.
I had a tendency to be a bit of a tardy returner. With my largemouth, I was more than a little abrasive. That sort of thing will get you in trouble.”
His debut single, “Oh Carolina,” entered the top 10 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands in 1993. Shaggy has since enjoyed a string of top 10 hits. “Pure Pleasure” was published on August 24, 1993, and he also appeared on Kenny Dope’s “The Unreleased Project” album the same year as his debut studio album.
Shaggy’s 1994 album “Original Doberman” followed “Pure Pleasure,” and his 1995 album “Boombastic,” which reached Platinum in the United States, was even more successful. On the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks chart, the title track was the most popular R&B/Hip-Hop song.
There were no other singles from this album that made it to number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list than “In the Summertime” (with Rayvon). In 1997, he published the album “Midnite Lover,” and two years later, he signed with DreamWorks Records after being dumped by Virgin Records (which was sold to Universal Music Group in 2003).
Shaggy’s fifth album, “Hot Shot,” was certified 3 Platinum or higher in five countries when it was released in 2000. “Angel” (with Rayvon) and “It Wasn’t Me” (featuring Rikrok) both reached the top of the “Billboard” Hot 100, while “Hot Shot” was listed as the second most successful album of 2001 by the “Billboard” Year-End rankings. Lucky Day and Clothes Drop were both released by Shaggy in 2002 and 2005, respectively, following his breakthrough with “Hot Shot.”
He also performed the theme song from Scooby-2002 Doo’s live-action feature picture as “Shaggy, Where Are You?” 2002 saw him record the theme song for Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro’s “Showtime,” as well as “Me Julie” (with Sacha Baron Cohen) for Ali G’s “Indahouse” album. On the Toots & the Maytals album “True Love” in 2004, Shaggy performed. The album received a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for Shaggy.
In 2007, Shaggy released “Intoxication” on Big Yard Records, his own record company, after he quit Universal. For the benefit of the earthquake victims in Haiti, he took part in the recording of the charity song “Rise Again,” which was released in 2010 and released on DVD in 2008.
Following the release of “Shaggy & Friends” and “Summer in Kingston,” Shaggy released “Rise” and “Out of Many, One Music” in 2012 and 2013. Shaggy and Sting released “44/876” together in 2018 and went on tour.
Wha Gwaan?! and The Little Mermaid Live! were Shaggy’s most recent projects in 2019. During the Super Bowl in 2021, he appeared in a commercial for Cheetos alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. In 2020, he published an improved version of “Hot Shot” called “Hot Shot 2020.”
Shaggy Personal Life
A long-term relationship of 16 years ended in marriage for Shaggy and art director Rebecca Packer on July 12, 2014. Besides their three children (Sydney, Madison, and Kelsey), Shaggy has two sons from a prior relationship (Richard Jr. and Tyler). Robb Bank$ is the stage name of Richard, a rapper.
A year after visiting a friend’s child at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy founded the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to “enhancing the physical necessities of [the hospital]” To raise money for the hospital, he organized a “Shaggy and Friends Benefit Concert,” which brought in $300,000 for the facility in 2009.
More than 450 pieces of critical medical equipment have been purchased thanks to the performance, which has collected more than $1.6 million for the hospital.
Shaggy Awards And Nominations
For “Boombastic” in 1996 and “44/876” (shared with Sting, Tony Lake, and Sting International) in 2019, Shaggy has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards. In 2002, he beat off Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre, Ryan Adams, and Wyclef Jean for the Brit Award for International Male Solo Artist.
Shaggy was nominated for five Teen Choice Awards, winning the Music – Choice Love Song and Music – Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist awards in 2001 with “Angel” (co-written with Rayvon).
For MTV Europe Music Awards in 2001 and 2002, Shaggy was nominated for MTV Asia Award for Favorite Male Artist. In 2002, he was nominated for three American Music Awards: Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist, Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist, and the Internet Fans Award.