Guess what y’all, Shaggy’s just cleared something up you didn’t even know needed to be cleared up, claiming that the message behind his hit song “It Wasn’t Me” has been misunderstood for years.
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Now, over two decades since he released the track back in 2000, Shaggy is clarifying that the hit was meant to be an “anti-cheating song.”
Talking to People about the over 20 year-long confusion, he explained that while the song, believed to be about a man boastfully denying cheating on his partner, has maneuvered many to label him as a player. That was actually never the intention when he put out the song.
“It was a big misconception with that song because that song is not a cheating song,” he said. “It’s an anti-cheating song. It’s just that nobody listened to the record to the end.”
“There’s a part in the record where it’s a conversation between two people. You have one guy, which is me at that point, giving that bad advice, like, ‘Yo, bro, how could you get caught? Just tell her, ‘It wasn’t me.’”
He continued, elaborating on the end of the song, the second part of the conversation which he believes has been overlooked.
“Then at the end, the guy says, ‘I’m going to tell her that I’m sorry for the pain that I’ve caused. I’ve been listening to your reasoning, it makes no sense at all […] You might think that you’re a player, but you’re completely lost.’” Noting that “nobody hears that part! That’s what the song says.”
Are you one of the guilty ones? Either way go ahead and listen to the track, from start to finish, below.