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Shaggy’s 2000 song “It Wasn’t Me” has stuck with fans for more than two decades since it was originally released. In fact, the singer still gets asked about the song quite often in interviews. Just last year he spoke on one of the major influences for the track. In a recent interview with People, the song came up again and Shaggy clarified some of the meaning behind it.

Fans of the song were surprised to hear that the track is actually against cheating, despite what the lyrics have led many to believe. “It was a big misconception with that song because that song is not a cheating song. It’s an anti-cheating song. It’s just that nobody listened to the record to the end,” Shaggy clarified. This isn’t the first time he’s had to supply this explanation either. “No one ever really buys into that, and I keep explaining it to people. Then, they go listen to it back and be like, ‘Oh dude, I totally missed that.’”

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MIAMI, FL – JUNE 03: Shaggy performs live on stage during “Hot Summer Night” concert at FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park on June 3, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

This wouldn’t be the first time that Shaggy has had to clarify things recently either. Last year he addressed long-circulated rumors that he had turned down a chance to feature on Rihanna’s long-awaited next album. He explained that the situation was more complicated than it originally seemed. It turns out that scheduling conflicts got in the way more than any artistic differences. That explanation came after the story had repeatedly been altered and revitalized by various outlets.

Shaggy has stayed busy musically even decades into his career. Just last month Shaggy dropped his first-ever EP “In The Mood” which followed his album “Come Fly Wid Me” from last year. Shaggy’s 2019 album “44/876” won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, his second win and first since 1996. Let us know what you think of Shaggy clarifying the original meaning behind “It Wasn’t Me” in the comments below. Additionally, stay tuned to HNHH for more news from around the music world.