Following the major success of “Shea Butter Baby” featuring J.Cole, the illustrious hit single from blockbuster film Creed II, Ari Lennox releases her same-title album – a neosoul-R&B marvel just as sultry and soothing as its name suggests.
Lennox’s lustrous voice lathers listeners like coconut oil on dry skin, somewhat resonating the sounds of a young Erykah Badu. Lennox sets the tone for a whole new wave of R&B, distancing herself from the model 90s themes of finding “the one,” falling in love at first sight and of course, not wanting to live without them.
Instead, the Dreamville Records‘ artist is simply refreshing and up-to-date, exposing the real truths behind a twenty-first century “romance” and navigating throughout a loveless era, everywhere from “having the worst luck on Tinder” and smoking to forget the one that got away (“I Been“), to spending nights “Up Late” waiting for a “snack,” to that one-and-only person you just lose yourself in (“Shea Butter Baby“).
From having such a beguiling voice combined with her soulful range and entrapping lyrics, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter from Washington D.C. is one artist you’re sure to remember.
Listen now below.