Ari Lennox Is The 1st Lady Of Dreamville. J. Cole Helps Bring Her Biggest Song To Video
J. Cole’s Dreamville Records has one of the most talented and expansive rosters in music. While the Hip-Hop creatives include J.I.D., Bas, Cozz, EarthGang, Lute, and Omen, Ari Lennox has been the versatile songstress on the ‘Ville for almost five years. The Charlotte, North Carolina singer has had prominent features on her label-mates’ releases. More notably, she dropped 2016 seven-song effort Pho.
Well, Ari is marching towards the spotlight in 2019. Following five singles last year, her song with Cole off Mike WiLL Made It’s Creed II: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, “Shea Butter Baby,” has been given the visual treatment. It is the second collaboration between the pair, following “Change.”
While Mike WiLL was the man behind the Creed II soundtrack and co-produced almost every song on the album, “Shea Butter Baby” is one of the few exceptions. Instead it is produced by Dreamville beat-maker Elite and newcomer Shroom, who bring a laid back, Reggae-tinged track to the table. Lennox really fills in the sparse production with her rich vocals.
Dreamville’s founder a very different flow than usual on this one and speaks on how sex is more than a physical act and even apologizes to former partners. “Pop that top, take a sip of your holiest water / I know I’m a part of your flow now / Tell me you cut her / Don’t matter you love her or not, you got part of her soul now / I ain’t know then, but I know now / Apologies due, to one of the few / The ones I ran through, but never loved you / I pray you found peace and you whole now…” Just when it seemed like he couldn’t be any more honest or vulnerable, he drops some bars like that.
In the video, Ari return home to a romantic partner giving her the silent treatment, holding a relationship grudge. Eventually, they make up and before long they are locking lips while in a passionate embrace.
This visual after an NBA All-Star weekend that featured a Cole performance with Dreamville concert also popping off in the Queen City. Earlier this month, Jermaine also appeared in 21 Savage’s “a lot” music video.