ISIS is a self-proclaimed caliphate responsible for unfathomable acts of evil. Shaggy is a reggae-fusion singer best known for lightweight hits like 1995’s “Boombastic” and 2000’s “It Wasn’t Me.” These two forces converged in a recent interview with Miami New Times, where the musician outlined his plan for defeating the jihadist group – a strategy that involves marijuana…and Shaggy.
“If you’re able to cut a man’s head off, you’re sick,” the singer says. “But right, music evokes emotion. So if they’re listening to Shaggy music or reggae music, they’re not going to want to cut somebody’s head off. There are two thing you want to do when you listen to reggae: You get somebody pregnant, or you’re fucking high. High people don’t want to kill nothing; they want to love. They need to bag some Jamaican weed and distribute it amongst ISIS. I guarantee there won’t be any more wars out there. . . Man, it’ll put them in a vibe. And throw some Bob Marley up in there and there’ll be peace.”
Shaggy condemns ISIS after the interviewer asks if his recent single “Go Fuck Yourself” should be directed toward anyone in particular. “ISIS can go fuck themselves,” he responds. “That’s some crazy shit what they’re doing. It’s horrible, man…I don’t get that much hate. I just don’t get that level of evil. I can’t understand it…I get someone having a cause. I get somebody fighting for their cause. And I get that people struggle; I get that they suffer. But how does that justify killing your brother? Taking their heads off and filming it…that’s a different level of evil right there.”
Elsewhere, the singer addresses misinterpretations of his two most famous songs, first clarifying that “Boombastic” is inspired not by his stint in the Marine Corps – but by his penis. “I’m literally talking about my cock in a candid way,” he says of the lyrics. “It’s all just like a cheesy pickup line. No chick in her right mind would go for that because it’s sexy. They might go for it because it’s funny, though. You might get her because she laughs but not because it’s sexy.”
He also points out that “It Wasn’t Me” isn’t about the joys of infidelity but the guilt that arises from being “caught red-handed, creeping with the girl next door.” “It does not condone infidelity at all,” he says. It’s quite the opposite. And it’s the dynamic between the two artists [Shaggy and guest vocalist Rikrok] that makes it.”