“Buggin' Out” is attributed as the song responsible for the emergence of Phife Dawg as a notable emcee rapper, who trades verses with Q-Tip.

The song exudes a playful enthusiasm over the jazzy bassline and the iconic “boom-thack” sounding beat.

The song’s music video has been praised as groundbreaking aesthetically and on a conceptual level. It set a new bar and influenced how hip-hop music videos would be made in the industry by future video directors such as Hype Williams. The music video included songs “Buggin' Out” and “Jazz (We’ve Got).”