- Released: May 27, 2003
- Label: Rhino
Rolling Stone - 6/12/03, p.964 stars out of 5
- "...Are De La Soul the greatest rap group ever to grace the mike? The Long Island trio's first anthology certainly makes the case..."
- 1.Plug Tunin'
- 2.Potholes in My Lawn
- 3.Jenifa (Taught Me)
- 4.Me Myself and I - (radio version)
- 5.Buddy - (featuring Jungle Brothers / Q-Tip / Queen Latifah / Monie Love)
- 6.Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey) - (radio decision version)
- 7.A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"
- 9.Ego Trippin', Pt. 2
- 10.Supa Emcees
- 11.4 More
- 12.Stakes Is High
- 13.Bizness, The - (featuring Common)
- 14.Oooh. - (featuring Redman)
- 15.All Good? - (featuring Chaka Khan)
- 16.Baby Phat - (featuring Devin / Yummy Bingham)
De La Soul: Posdnuous/Plug Won, Maseo, Trugoy/Plug 2.
Producers include: Prince Paul, Posdnous, The Mentor & His Three Sons, De La Soul, OGee.
Compilation producer: Barry "Rockbarry" Benson.
Recorded between 1988 & 2001. Includes liner notes by Soren Baker.
Personnel: Vinia Mojica (vocals); Kyle Williams (guitar); Glen Mosley (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: De La Soul; Prince Paul; Tim Latham; Troy Hightower; Bob Power.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Steve Pokorny; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: Soren Baker.
Illustrator: Joe Buck.
Arrangers: Posdnuos; Prince Paul.
While rap vanguards De La Soul have always been one of the most album-oriented artists in the hip-hop universe, their career as traced by their singles is no less impressive. The trio first earned underground notice with the bouncing anti-"byte"ing 12" "Potholes in My Lawn" and even grazed the pop top 40 in 1989--at a time when fewer rap songs did that--with the Parliament-thumping "Me, Myself & I." Their history up to 2003 (when this compilation was dropped) includes classics like the disco-fied "Rollerskating Jam Called 'Saturdays'," the minimalistic "Ego Trippin' (Part 2)," the introspective and jazzy "Stakes is High," and the poppy ode to fuller-figured women, "Baby Phat."