Off a recommendation from Revolt on-air personality Jinx, I went to check out Dreamville artist Ari Lennox’s new album Shea Butter Baby. He said it was “crack,” and I don’t take those types of recos lightly from people I respect.
He was right.
Though I thought the album overall was really great, I quickly gravitated towards two songs in particular that were more my speed of R&B, “Up Late” and “I Been.” Check out a soulful live performance of “Up Late” above with a guest spot by its co-producer Masego on the sax. And below is the audio for “I Been,” which is super-duper fire and showcases Ari’s vocal abilities in a major way. Can’t stop watching/listening to these two songs, they’ve been on repeat since I first heard them. This woman is a natural, and these songs are giving me ’90s D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu vibes.