The 25 Best Eight-Bar Verses in Rap History

4. Q-Tip on "Bonita Applebum" (1990)

"Hey Bonita, glad to meet ya/
For the kind of stunning newness, I must beseech ya/
Hey, being with you is a top priority/
Ain't no need to question the authority/
Chairman of the board, the chief of affections/
You got mine's to swing in your direction/
Hey, you're like a hip-hop song, you know?/
Bonita Applebum, you gotta put me on"


Before VH1 cashed in, love and hip-hop gracefully united on this charming record from A Tribe Called Quest. Centered around a woman with all the right measurements and legs for days, "Bonita" sees Tribe front man Q-Tip poetically pursuing the apple of his eye with smooth rhymes and a libidinous thirst that needs to be quenched. Splitting this record up for one specific highlight is difficult considering the way it all comes together, but Tip's first verse is the prevailing standard for sly-talking a girl's ear off. Edwin Ortiz

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