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10/16/2014 09:53 pm ET

Shaggy's Hit Song 'It Wasn't Me' Didn't Come From Firsthand Experience

Shaggy’s breakthrough hit “It Wasn’t Me” tells the story of a man who get’s caught cheating on his girlfriend and denies the act completely. But according to the reggae sensation himself, the song wasn’t based on his own personal experience.

When HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill asked if Shaggy had ever been caught red-handed, as the lyrics of the song say, he laughed off the suggestion.

“Come on man! I’m too good,” he said.

The real inspiration behind the song came from Eddie Murphy’s 1985 stand-up comedy special “Raw,” Shaggy confirmed.

“I actually did write it from the Eddie Murphy movie. I got the whole idea from that,” he said. “I was telling somebody yesterday, songs like 'Mr. Boombastic,' 'It Wasn’t Me,' 'Angel,' these songs, I didn’t write those songs. These songs were written by a higher being. It was just ordained through me.”

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Shaggy here.

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