Pharrell has long listed A Tribe Called Quest as an influence on his music. Now, the pop mastermind has applied his groovy production style to a remix of the group’s iconic hit “Bonita Applebum.” The track first premiered on Rolling Stone.
In a deleted scene from Michael Rapaport’s 2011 documentary Beats, Rhymes, and Life, Pharrell called listening to A Tribe Called Quest “music theory for anybody who wants to be a producer” and described the group’s dynamic thusly: “Q-Tip is the voice of your conscience. Phife is the sporty guy that appeals to the street, the corner, the guy on the block. Ali was the dope DJ producer who spoke through his hands. And then there’s Jarobi, who was the DNA of the group.”
Pharrell’s rendition of “Bonita Applebum” will be one of three previously unreleased remixes included on an upcoming reissue of A Tribe Called Quest’s 1990 album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm. The other two will feature J. Cole remixing “Can I Kick It?” and Cee Lo Green’s version of “Footprints.” Pharrell’s “Bonita Applebum” remix will be included as a free download with all preorders of the reissue, which drops Nov. 13.