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."