Bonita Applebum dropped in the Fall of 1990 as the second single from A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album “People Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
The original version had “Mr. Muhammad” on the B-Side and it was accompanied by a music video
The song is seemingly about Q-Tip trying to woo a woman named Bonita whom he had recently met, the song had about 3 or 4 remixes, but the one we are focusing on with this post is the “Hootie Mix” which came out 3 years later in 1993, this remix had completely different lyrics and used the legendary “Between the sheets” sample by the Isley Brothers
A lot of people are loyal to the original but the question has to be asked:
Music to music, lyrics to lyrics … which song is better?
Bonita Applebum – Original
Bonita Applebum – Hootie Mix