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Orville Richard Burrell (stage name Shaggy) was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1968. His parents moved to the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City soon after his birth and as a result Burrell was raised primarily in Flatbush, a vibrant multiethnic community that has produced a number of successful recording artists including Talib Kweli and Busta Rhymes. Burrell's friends nicknamed him "Shaggy" in high school because his hair resembled that of the character Shaggy from the cartoon Scooby Doo; he ended up using this as his stage name later on in his singing career.

At the age of 20 Shaggy joined the United States Marine Corps, serving with distinction in the first Gulf War. He developed his deep, playful singing voice while singing Marine cadences during long marches. Upon his honorable discharge from the Marines following the Gulf War, Shaggy decided to seriously pursue a music career. He settled in Valley Stream, New York in 1993 and signed to a record deal with Virgin Records soon after. He released two successful dancehall albums on Virgin Records during this period, 1993's Pure Pleasure and 1995's Boombastic, but was dropped from the label after his third album Midnite Lover failed to sell. Standout tracks from this period include "Oh Carolina", "In The Summertime", and "Luv Me, Luv Me".

Though the lackluster success of Midnight Lover in 1997 might have derailed his career, Shaggy made a comeback in 2001 by releasing his fourth album Hot Shot on MCA. Hot Shot has sold over six million units in the United States, due mainly to the success of singles "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel" His next two albums, 2002's Lucky Day and 2005's Clothes Drop failed to sell, and yet again Shaggy's career looked like it had taken a turn for the worse .

Shaggy yet again suprised critics when he released his most recent album Intoxication in late 2007. Intoxication has thus far spawned two powerful singles: the controversial reggae track "Church Heathen" and the far more laid back "What's Love" featuring vocalist Akon. Intoxication was released on Big Yard Records, an independent label he founded himself after leaving MCA in 2003. In the process of making his second comeback and with eleven number one singles, six albums, and fifteen years of experience under his belt, Shaggy has proved to be simultaneously one of the most resilient and influential reggae artists in the United States.

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Born : October 22, 1968 // Kingston, Jamaica

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Shaggy is the name of, at least, two artists.

1, Shaggy (born October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica as Orville Richard Burrell), is a Jamaican reggae artist who takes his nickname from Scooby-Doo's companion. He is especially notable for his distinctive sub-baritone voice. His family immigrated to the United States and they settled in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn, located in New York City, New York, USA.

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Shaggy (born Orville Richard Burrell, October 22, 1968, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican American reggae singer who takes his nickname from Scooby-Doo's companion, a nickname given to him by his friends, during his teenage years in which his hair bore a similarity to the Scooby Doo character. He is especially notable for his distinctive sub-baritone voice.

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