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Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean, released on October 7, 2003. Released just a month prior to his fourth studio album, The Preacher's Son, Greatest Hits contains singles taken from Jean's first three studio albums: The Carnival, The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book and Masquerade, as well as other fan-favourite tracks from those albums, alongside two-newly recorded tracks: "Ghetto Religion", a collaboration with R. Kelly, and "Hey Girl". The album also contains "No Woman, No Cry", a track taken from The Fugees' second studio album, The Score. Notably, Greatest Hits would be Jean's last release on Columbia Records until Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant in 2007.

Greatest Hits
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 2003
Recorded1996—2003
GenreReggaehip hopR&B
Length72:29
LabelColumbia Records
ProducerWyclef JeanR. KellyJerry "Wonda" DuplessisShea TaylorPras Michel • Ché Guevara
Wyclef Jean chronology
Masquerade
(2002)
Greatest Hits
(2003)
The Preacher's Son
(2003)
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "Ghetto Religion"
    Released: September 22, 2003 (radio)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2]

A deluxe edition of the album, released in the UK and Australia, contains a bonus disc with remixes of some of Wyclef's biggest hits, including collaborations with Canibus, R. Kelly, Xzibit, King Yellowman and Beenie Man. Although no singles were officially released from the album, "Ghetto Religion" was serviced as a US-radio only airplay single in September 2003. Notably, "Pussycat", which samples the original by Tom Jones, is the only single from the first three albums to omitted from the tracklisting. The US edition of the album removes a number of notable singles, and shortens the tracklisting by four tracks. "Diallo" and "Something About Mary" from The Ecleftic are included on this version.[3]

Track listingEdit

Greatest Hits – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ghetto Religion" (featuring R. Kelly)R. Kelly3:34
2."We Trying to Stay Alive" (featuring John Forté and Pras)Pras Michel3:11
3."Perfect Gentleman" (featuring Hope)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
  • Hope Harris
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:09
4."911" (featuring Mary J. Blige)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:19
5."Gone 'Till November"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jean3:33
6."Guantanamera" (featuring Celia Cruz, Jeni Fujita and Lauryn Hill)Jean4:30
7."Hey Girl" (featuring Ayesha and Papa Don)
Shea Taylor, Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis3:33
8."It Doesn't Matter" (featuring The Rock and Melky Sedeck)Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis3:57
9."Anything Can Happen"
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jean4:36
10."Thug Angels" (featuring Small World)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis6:35
11."Gunpowder" (featuring Lauryn Hill)
  • Jean
Jean4:24
12."Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:04
13."Runaway" (featuring Earth, Wind & Fire and The Product G&B)
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:56
14."Wish You Were Here"
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:06
15."To All the Girls"Jean4:18
16."Two Wrongs" (featuring Claudette Ortiz)
  • Jean
  • Duplessis
Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis3:51
17."No Woman, No Cry" (with Fugees)Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis4:33

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[4] DNC
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] DNC

ReferencesEdit