A Tribe Called Quest
10.13.2015

Pharrell Remixes A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Bonita Applebum’

“It’s priceless. It’s music theory for anybody that wants to be a producer. Go study that.”

Those are the words of Pharrell Williams in a deleted scene from Beats, Rhymes & Life, a documentary on A Tribe Called Quest from 2011. He’s a life-long fan of the group, and has long claimed them as a primary inspiration for his work as an artist and producer.

Now Rolling Stone has premiered a new Pharrell-produced remix of the group’s 1990 classic, “Bonita Applebum.” His version adds in swirling, atmospheric synths, giving the low-key original a distinctly modern touch.

It’s one of three never-before-heard remixes that will be included on the group’s forthcoming reissue of their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. The release will also include J. Cole’s take on “Can I Kick It?” and a new version of “Footprints” featuring CeeLo Green.

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Edition will be released on Nov. 13.

People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Edition Tracklisting

1. “Push It Along”
2. “Luck of Lucien”
3. “After Hours”
4. “Footprints”
5. “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo”
6. “Pubic Enemy”
7. “Bonita Applebum”
8. “Can I Kick It?”
9. “Youthful Expression”
10. “Rhythm (Devoted to the Art of Moving Butts)”
11. “Mr. Muhammad”
12. “Ham ‘N’ Eggs”
13. “Go Ahead in the Rain”
14. “Description of a Fool”

Bonus Tracks
15. “Footprints (Remix)” feat. CeeLo Green
16. “Bonita Applebum” (Pharrell Williams Remix)
17. “Can I Kick It?” (J. Cole Remix)