The Grammy-winning deejay told BET.com that Pharrell was a member of hot production team The Neptunes at the time.
He says it was inspired by a previous Beenie Man hit.
“He had this great idea to remake Who Am I (Sim Simma). So he [Pharrell] goes, ‘(Sim simma) Beenie Man, ah dem girls dem sugar / Sim simma the girls dem world class lover,’ and that’s how it was put together. And we got a Grammy Award for it. It was a great thing, and then we put Mya on the track and the rest was history,” Beenie Man related.
He said producer Skateboard P came up with the chorus.
Pharrell is enjoying the best time of his career with Happy, an international hit song which was recorded at reggae band Inner Circle’s Circle House studio in Miami.
Skateboard P is also in good nick. He produced two of 2013’s biggest hits, Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
Girls Dem Sugar was one of the hits from Art & Life, Beenie Man’s album for Virgin Records which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2001.
Tune back in memory lane and watch Beenie Man’s visuals for Girls Dem Sugar and Who Am I.