May 16, 2013
Dancehall Star Shaggy bearly recognised by New Generation - replaces major lazer though
Shaggy’s website and Facebook page confirm his May 17 performance on Gold Coast lawn. Programming Board, however, declined to comment on Shaggy’s selection.
Shaggy, born Orville Richard Burrell, is a former Marine who fought on the frontlines in the Persian Gulf War. His stage name was inspired by his shaggy hair and the name of Scooby-Doo’s companion in the popular animated cartoon franchise.
Shaggy is primarily known for his hit song “It Wasn’t Me” (2000) and won a Grammy in 1996 for his album “Boombastic.” Two of his songs reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and “Hot Shot” (2000) was certified six times platinum in the United States.
Matt Garczynski ’14 was surprised Programming Board chose an artist who he has not heard mentioned in over a decade.
“He’s not relevant, he’s way in the past,” Garczynski said. “But it’ll still be fun in the way it would be if they brought back a band like Blink-182.”
Garczynski said Shaggy still has name recognition and will make for an interesting pairing with rapper ASAP Rocky.
Since Shaggy played a “significant part” in her childhood, Kelsey Sipple ’16 said she is excited to feel nostalgic about the past.
Many students interviewed also did not know much about the singer.
Jacob Savos ’16 said he was unfamiliar with Shaggy.
“I don’t know who he is, but I’m sure he’ll still be a good addition to the show,” Savos said. “I think the majority of people will definitely like his style of music. All the reactions I’ve seen have been very positive and people have been very excited.”
Maya Herm ’13 said Shaggy is an upgrade from last year’s Green Key weekend, when Programming Board did not host an official concert. Herm said she thinks Shaggy is a bigger name than Major Lazer.
Myles McMurchy ’16 said Shaggy’s style might not appeal to all students.
“I think he will appeal less than Major Lazer because Major Lazer is at the forefront of the dance and electronica music that is really popular right now, whereas Shaggy is a reggae artist, which is not as mainstream,” he said.
McMurchy added that he thinks Shaggy’s music is “a lot of fun” and the student body will have as much fun watching Shaggy perform as they would at a Major Lazer performance.
Shaggy is credited with making reggae music more accessible to the American public at the turn of the century. By 2001, his album “Hotshot” reached the top of the charts over albums from major artists, including Jennifer Lopez and The Beatles. Rolling Stone magazine’s David Fricke called Shaggy “Dancehall reggae’s genial ambassador” in 1997.
Shaggy’s 2002 and 2005 albums failed to garner as much commercial success as his previous efforts.
Recently, he has been focusing on live performances and concerts over making albums.
Shaggy will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday on Gold Coast lawn.