Dancehall artiste Shaggy is perhaps best-known by millennials for his hit It Wasn’t Me, but turns out the track almost really wasn’t his.
Shaggy revealed that he attempted to shop the single to other artistes, including Tanto Metro and Devonte and Wayne Wonder, after his label told him it was no good.
While the Angel artiste had previously revealed that the single was only released due to popularity following illegal downloads, it’s the first time he shared that he had tried to have it recorded by others.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Shaggy shared that duo Tanto Metro and Devonte had even recorded the song however it was not released, and ended up back where it started, with him.
The song gained popularity after a Hawaiian disc jock, Pablo Sato, pirated the parent album Hot Shot, and became drawn to It Wasn’t Me which he added to his playlist. From there, the rest, as they say, is history.
The single went on to sell over 10 million copies globally, and will be featured in a Super Bowl ad for Cheetos this weekend.