Ari Lennox Released 'Shea Butter Baby,' And Fans Are Exploding In Black Girl Magic

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 08: Ari Lennox performs on stage during BET music showcase Grammy Awards weekend at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for BET Networks)

Ari Lennox Released 'Shea Butter Baby,' And Fans Are Exploding In Black Girl Magic

The Dreamville First Lady is here and it’s time to let down those 4a curls, everyone!

Published May 7th

Shea Butter Babies, grab your silk scarves and your sage!

After a handful of EP and mixtape successes, Dreamville’s First Lady and R&B soulstress Ari Lennox released her debut project Shea Butter Baby in the midnight hour of Tuesday (April 7).

Ari smooths over 12 tracks with raw, penetrating vocals that ascend into octave ranges and dip into deep vibratos all while enriching the project with the lifeblood of classic jazz and R&B. The DMV-bred vocalist becomes her most intimately, sexually and vulnerably lyrical self from the opening track, “Chicago Boy,” into rhythmic cuts like “Broke” with Dreamville labelmate J.I.D., all the way to the “Shea Buter Baby” title track and lead single with J. Cole and delightfully brassy “New Apartment.” Often likened to a modern-day Erykah Badu for her distinctively high-wired sopranos and three-octave range, Ari unapologetically lets her Type 4 curls down for her breakout debut studio project and invites all of her shea butter babies to do the same.

And judging by the fans’ reception of the album within less than a day since its release, they’re all following suit (including Cole himself and fellow D.C.-native rap poet and devoted Ari Lennox fan, Wale):

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for BET Networks)

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