It Wasn't Me

Album: Hot Shot (2000)
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  • The song is about a guy who gets caught cheating on his girl, but denies it even though he is clearly guilty. It was inspired by a comedy routine Eddie Murphy performed in his movie Raw. Murphy said that no matter what your girl accuses you of, never admit to anything, just say "It Wasn't Me."
  • This features Rikrok, whose real name is Ricardo Ducent, singing most of the lyrics. Shaggy sings the refrain "It Wasn't Me." Shaggy helped out Rikrok by working with him on his first solo album.
  • Shaggy said this is not about him, it is just a bunch of hypothetical situations he came up with.
  • This wasn't supposed to be a single, but it became a hit in Hawaii when it was downloaded and played by a disc jockey on Honolulu station KIKI before the album was released. This convinced the record company to release it as a single.
  • This samples the 1975 track "Smile Happy" from the band War.
  • This was the #1 selling album of 2001, selling 5.5 million copies. In England, it was the top-selling single of 2001.
  • Shaggy and Sting did a bit with host James Corden at the Grammy Awards in 2018 where they performed in the New York subway but were met by a hostile audience. "Whose idea was this anyway," Corden asked. Shaggy's response: "It wasn't me."
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Comments: 17

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenBrings to mind something my daughter said when she was small. I walked in on her getting into the cookies she'd been told to stay out of. She dropped the box, shut her eyes and screamed "It's not me! I'm not here!"
  • Angie from DetroitThe video is very funny. Despite the debate about who the main singer was/is, I think that RikRok and Shaggy's voices, really complement each other.
  • Daniel from Winchester, OhioShaggy's voice is amazing though.
  • Jeff from Boston, MaRegarding whether this song is disrespectful to women: My ex-girlfriend, a vocal feminist, loved the song and thought it was very funny. If the song casts aspersions on anybody it's men, for being cheaters and idiots. I don't know any men who've said they feel offended though.
  • Lily from Argyle, TxSandy:

    The song was meant to be a satire. It is not meant to be taken seriously. And if you listen to the end, it says he is going to apologize to his girlfriend instead of continue to deny it.
  • Landon from Winchester, OhI can't stand the voice of Shaggy himself! But the song is great. I wander if I got a girlfriend and was caught cheating, if saying "It Wasn't Me" would really work. I should know it probably wouldn't, so why does this song concern using that to cover up what a guy did? Interesting.
  • Jonathan from Auckland, New ZealandWho is the actress that plays 'the girl next door in this' vid?
  • Larry from Coral Springs, FlI used to work in a warehouse where they had a radio planted somewhere to a station and this song would come on every now and then. Despite that i could never make out the verus as they were sung so rapidly to a point where they were not understandable..I found it rather amusing nonetheless.
  • Jeremy from Scottsdale, AzThis song is funny because Shaggy keeps telling him to deny it even though he is caught red-handed. As if that would ever work.

    And Sandy from Warsaw needs to lighten up.
  • Luke from Manchester, Englandhey veronica, put something constructive or don't bother typing
  • Sandy from Warsaw, InThis song is disgusting! It is disrespectful to women and it is nasty I can't believe you listen to this stuff!! Its like porn only instead of pictures its music!! GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Danny from Philadelphia, PaNeither Shaggy nor Rikrok sang back up vocals on this great song. Rikrok sang the verses, and Shaggy did the refrain.
  • Marlow from Perthvery funny at the time!
  • Dawson from Draper, UtShaggy wasn't the backup! He made the song, he should be credited with all the singing. Rikrok just did other singing. I love this song, though. I listen to it a lot. : )
  • Matt from Monroe, LaThis song makes me depressed because it reminds me of how horrible the music was after in the late 90's
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesI think Shaggy was creditted as the main performer because no one knew who RikRok was at that time
  • Kristin from Kelowna, CanadaClearly the true singer of this song is Rikrok or also known as Ricardo Ducent because he was the main signer, shaggy was the backup!
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