Good background info about that song!
Vanita Applebum

Thanks for reading and thanks for the correction on D’Angelo, I just made the fix. With reference to Ali, I knew he was from Queens, but according to the Wax Poetics article I used as a source they were recording in NJ at what they refer to as a “home studio.” Maybe he had two residences or “home studio” was another way of referring to a small/modest/basic studio? Anyhow, thanks again for reading and for the kind words.