Pharrell Brings the Funk for A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Bonita Applebum’ Remix
A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum" is a timeless classic, but even the best of songs can be enjoyed as a remix -- especially at the masterful hands of Pharrell. The "Happy" singer and producer flipped the 1990 jazzy track to a more sultry vibe in honor of the group's 25th anniversary of their debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm.
Q-Tip's rhymes are slowed down in the reimagined version over sounds of synths and audience chatter, created by the Neptunes producer. The isn't the first time Pharrell has honored the iconic '90s hip-hop group. In 2007, he, along with Lupe Fiasco, joined the Tribe onstage for a performance of "Electric Relaxation."
In a deleted scene from a Beats, Rhymes & Life, a documentary on A Tribe Called Quest, the "Frontin" singer spoke on how the group influenced him. "For me, A Tribe Called Quest is cerebral," he said. "It's priceless. It's music theory for anybody that wants to be a producer. Go study that."
The song premiered on Rolling Stone on Tuesday (Oct. 13). And according to the site, there's more to come. This remix serves as only the first of three previously unreleased tracks set to be released with ATCQ's reissue of their first album. The next two will include a remake of "Can I Kick It?" with J. Cole and a remix of "Footprints" featuring CeeLo Green.
Fans can pre-order the forthcoming reissue of People's Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm and in turn get a free download of remix by the G I R L creator. The new album is set to be released on Nov. 13.
Listen to A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum (Pharrell Williams Remix)"
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