Album: So So Def Bass All Stars Vol. 1
Producer: Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone, Rodney "Kool Kollie" Terry
It wasn't even close to the label's most successful single, peaking at No. 31 on the Hot 100, but "My Boo" is truly So So Def's most transcendent song. Lead singer Virgo Williams (who released other major Atlanta Bass R&B singles like "Slick Partna" and "Apple Pie" under her own name) sang the lead, and Patrick Smith sang background. The song was the first single off So So Def Bass All Stars Vol. 1, a landmark project (A&R'd by Lil Jon, who at that time was a DJ). It melded R&B to bass production, and was a runaway hit on urban radio.
The song, written by Carleton "Carl Mo" Mahone and Rodney "Kool Kollie" Terry, dropped in spring of '96, and became a hit at that year's Freaknik in Atlanta. It was the same year police clamped down on the festival, which had been growing in size significantly every year. The song brought welcome feminine pressure to bass music, a genre often criticized for its overly lewd and objectifying lyrics.
The way "My Boo" meshed the R&B ballad with the uptempo heartbeat of bass music became its most enduring legacy. The synthesis of such seemingly disparate genres was so seamless that it felt like destiny.