Bonita Applebum

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"Bonita Applebum" was the second single from A Tribe Called Quest's debut album People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. It is believed to be based on an actual young woman from the group's high school. The song contains samples of ""Mathar" by The Dave Pike Set, "Daylight" by RAMP, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, and "Fool yourself" by Little Feat

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The video opens with Q-Tip doing the intro by asking questions to Bonita. Then it has little stick figure cartoon characters who see Bonita and chase after her. Then the group is seen walking and dancing. Q-Tip starts the first verse at a party. Then the group stops because a kid is seen catching a baseball and they were going to be hit. Then they stop because they see a man playing a piano. Soon the kid who was playing baseball is seen dancing, and Q-tip is behind a violet curtain trying to impress Bonita. Then the group are wearing helmets while cassette tapes are dropped on them. And ends with the group at the party with other people dancing.


A popular "Why remix" was made, which heavily sampled the song "Why" by Carly Simon. Another remix was done in 1993, with a new beat and new lyrics; it was later sampled for Joe's "Just Relax" song from the album Ain't Nothin' Like Me. There is also a third remix titled "Bonita Applebum (Hootie Mix)" that samples The Isley Brothers' "Between the......
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