Shaggy shares his surprise Janet Jackson moment: Listen now

'I was just like wow'
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LISTEN NOW: Shaggy joins Jonesy In The Morning

Talking to 94.7 The Block’s Jonsey In The Morning, reggae rapper Shaggy shared about a particular song he worked on “which brings back so much memory.”

“This is a song with me and Janet Jackson. And it was my first time working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at that time I was just like ‘wow.’ So when Terry Lewis gave me a call… I couldn’t believe it, cause I’m just a reggae guy out of Kingston. It was for the movie of How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” Shaggy noted, a movie adaptation for the the best selling novel loosely inspired by the author Terry McMillan’s real life. “And apparently… the original writer… when she was being courted by her lover, they used to y’know do their thing to ‘Mr. Boombastic.’”

Shaggy continued, “So Terry (McMillan) was like… ‘Shaggy gotta be on this record.’ So I ended up doing this record and I didn’t know Janet was on it,” that is until he asked Terry Lewis, “who is singing the hook?” Revealing that he casually answered, “Mariah or Janet,” to which Shaggy had the proper response of freaking out. “It ended up being Janet.”

Due to not being able “to use Janet’s vocals outside of the U.S.” due to some licensing issues, Samantha Cole ended up recording a second version of the track, “and she did a really good job on it,” Shaggy added.

Well, both are bops, and both can be listened to below. And to hear the entire conversion with Shaggy, press play on the interview above.

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