On the heels of the collaborative Shaggy/Sting 2019 Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album on Sunday, today Shaggy will launch a new music video. The video, “Use Me”, is the first single from his upcoming album, Wah Gwaan?!, which is scheduled to release in May 2019.
The “Use Me” single has all the hallmarks of a Shaggy smash, including an island vibe, witty wordplay, and an irresistible pop melody. The single’s video was directed by veteran, award-winning, Jamaican director, Jay Will of Game Over, and shot in Miami, Florida.
Along with snagging this year’s Grammy for Best Reggae Album, Shaggy also made his mark on the award show by hosting the Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles this past Sunday.
Shaggy was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Brooklyn, NY as a teenager, where he cut his teeth deejaying clubs on the burgeoning New York dancehall scene. He then served four years in the US Marines, including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Desert Storm.
Few know that Shaggy has collaborated with, and written and produced records for, the most renowned reggae musicians in the world, including Toots and the Maytals, Barrington Levy, and Maxi Priest. He has done the same for mainstream artists such as Sting, Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan, among others.
This year’s Grammy win with rock icon Sting, was for their joint album, titled 44/876. In 2018, the duo toured the world performing, and the album spent over four months at the top of Billboard’s Reggae Album chart.
Over the years, Shaggy has racked up eight singles in the Billboard Hot 100, including two that went to number one. He has also landed seven albums on the Billboard 200, with four in the Top 40. Shaggy is the only certified Diamond-selling dancehall/reggae artist.
Shaggy uses his platform to help Jamaica through his Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation. The foundation hosts Shaggy & Friends benefit concerts, which has raised millions for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital. The hospital is the only English-speaking children’s hospital in the Caribbean, and is located in Kingston.
His upcoming album, Wah Gwaan?! represents a robust musical journey that invites the listener in with vibrancy, urgency and hope.