Q - 10/00, pp.127-83 stars out of 5
- "...Like a Shabba Ranks who does kids' parties. [This album] is his usual mix of reggae, R&B and pop, with backing singers and melodies over which he toasts and raps at speed..."
CMJ - 8/14/00, p.33
"...Another well-calculated, commercially viable reggae record....Shaggy keeps the party rolling."
The Source - 10/00, p.265
"...A lexicon of '60s and '70s hits reconfigured for a contemporary palette....this disc continues down the mainstream path that his style of dancehall warrants."
This is an Enhanced audio CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Shaggy, T-Lo, Samantha Cole, Pee Wee, Rayvon, Mister Mydas, Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent, The Kraft, Rude (vocals); Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Tony Kelly, Robert Livingston, Gordon Dukes, Robert Zapata (various instruments); P. Henry (guitar, keyboards); Gwen Lester (violin); Jerry Johnson, Kevin Bachelor (horns); Shaun "Sting Pizzonia (organ, bass, drums); Dave Kelly, Christopher Birch (keyboards, drums); C. Sanchez, N. Staff (keyboards); Michael Fletcher (bass); Jamaica Bennett, Rasan Scott-Muhammed, Marquis Scott-Muhammed, Eddie Smith III, Joseph Gaspard, Bryan, Tony Gold (background vocals).
Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Christopher Birch, Robert Livingston, Shaun "Sting" Pizzonia.
Engineers: Christopher Birch, Claude Reynolds, Steve Hodge.
"It Wasn't Me" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.
Personnel: Shaggy (vocals); P. Henry, Robert Zapata (guitar); Gwen Laster (violin); Jerry Johnson , Kevin Bachelor (brass); Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia (organ, drums, background vocals); Christopher Birch (keyboards, drums); Gordon Dukes, Tony Gold, Brian & Tony Gold (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Robert Livingston; Shaun "Sting Int'l" Pizzonia; Steve Hodge.
Recording information: Big Yard Studios; Boxx, Jamaica; Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; HC&F Studio, NY; One Room Studio, Jamaica; Ranch Recording Studio, NY; Tuff Gong Recording Studio.
Photographer: Blake Little.
GRAMMY winning reggae superstar Shaggy delivers another hit-stacked album with HOTSHOT. The album incorporates a mix of styles and songwriting textures, from the singer's customary super party vibe to the more mellow qualities of songs such as "Why Me Lord," "Keepin' it Real," and "Hope," the latter of which was featured in the Kevin Costner movie FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME.
For those fans who need some Shaggy to get down with in the clubs, HOTSHOT has such potential dance floor smashes as "Dance & Shout," which lifts the chorus from the classic Jackson 5 hit "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)." Another highlight is "Angel," based on Chip Taylor's classic '60s song "Angel of the Morning," where Shaggy inventively incorporates a funky guitar sample from Steve Miller's "The Joker." HOTSHOT also includes an updated version of the Shaggy classic "Luv Me, Luv Me."