I never met Bonita Applebaum
but I’ve been serenaded with the song
it didn’t turn me on but we danced all night long
I’d visit El Segundo if I had a chance
wouldn’t leave my wallet but I would
drop a phone number and hope he’d call it
wondering can we kick it hoping he’d say yes we can
I was taller than a 5 footer and he was a six-foot man
we both loved real hip hop when it was flawless
now they marketing garbage hip hop or whatever they call it
so we created a scenario of electric relaxation
and every song he played was a dedication
I bust a few rhymes to go with it
he said Oh my God I didn’t know you were a poet
let me lay a beat for you to flow with
yeah we got the jazz mixed with a little pizzazz
yall on point is what people said as they went pass
I’m on point all the time in my mind
as he was on point with the rhythmic bass lines
in the end we extracted the abstract
with the memory of Bonita Applebaum on the playback.
Salute to A Tribe Called Quest
© Veronica “Vee” Thornton
Excerpt from the book “Poetic Melodies”
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