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Released: August 8, 2000

Rating: 3.829 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: reggae

Quotable: “a classic hybrid of reggae, R&B, and pop” – Bryan Buss, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Hot Shot
  2. Lonely Lover
  3. Dance & Shout
  4. Leave It to Me
  5. Angel [with Rayvon]
  6. Hope
  7. Keep’n It Real
  8. Luv Me, Luv Me [with Janet Jackson]
  9. Freaky Girl
  10. It Wasn’t Me [with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent]
  11. Not Fair
  12. Hey Love
  13. Why Me Lord?
  14. Chica Bonita


sales in U.S. only 6 million
sales in U.K. only 900,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2 million
sales worldwide - estimated 10.5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 6
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Luv Me, Luv Me (9/12/98) #54a US, #5 UK, #44a RB
  • It Wasn’t Me (11/4/00) #1 US, #1 UK, #3 RB
  • Angel (12/30/00) #1 US, #1 UK, #43a RB
  • Dance & Shout (12/01) #19 UK

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Juno Award for International Album of the Year. Click to go to DMDB awards page.

“Shaggy’s fourth album is a classic hybrid of reggae, R&B, and pop. Following duets with Maxi Priest (‘That Girl’) and Janet Jackson (Luv Me, Luv Me), the Jamaica native teams up with master producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and a myriad of talented guest vocalists who complement his personality on each track. Coming with the minor hit Hope from 1999’s For Love of the Game soundtrack, the first couple of singles, Dance and Shout (featuring a Michael Jackson sample) and It Wasn’t Me, show the strengths of this album – they are smart, warm, and playful. Shaggy’s persona is hard to not like” (Buss).

“On ‘It Wasn’t Me,’ a friend laments being caught by his girl with another woman; Shaggy continually advises him to flatly deny it. To be able to use that sentiment and still seem likable is a gift. There are such heavy samples, some of the tracks almost sound like remakes at points, but there is such originality and gifted wordplay that the combination works as opposed to seeming unoriginal – something most rappers can’t seem to accomplish. Each song on Hot Shot from the opening title track on is different, inviting, and infectious” (Buss).

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Last updated February 19, 2009.