Shea Butter Baby

Ari Lennox - Shea Butter Baby
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Based on 285 ratings
2019 Ratings: #261
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Like the image Lennox conjures of shea butter staining a pillowcase, Shea Butter Baby grounds the spiritual sultriness of neo-soul and R&B in irreverent frankness, subverting the idea that the modern self-assured woman must maintain a divine facade.


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Grindr Review #1:

I had heard of Ari Lennox before this recommendation, but didn't know much about her. Turns out she is the first and only female artist signed to J. Cole's Dreamville Records. Unfortunately for Lennox, this means she can barely breath a word without being compared to SZA (the first and only female artist signed to TDE). I'd say the two are in fairly different realms of the contemporary ... read more


Needa hear more Dreamville signees and one of my closest friends loves the titular track off this record, so I decided I'd give it a shot. Filled with soft, sultry RnB beats, Ari Lennox slides onto the scene over the course of her debut record "Shea Butter Baby", what I'd most positively describe as a fantastic display of her vocal talents. Over its twelve tracks, Lennox finds plenty of vocal grooves to ease into, and ease into them she does, sounding sleek and confident from front to ... read more


Ari one talented vocalist, this album really showcases that. None of the songs on this album really stick as bad to me, it’s a really enjoyable listen.
Favourite track: BMO


Much better of an album than people give it credit for. Ari's voice is incredible throughout the album and the production backs her up nicely. There aren't any bad songs on the album however the only thing holding it back from being a perfect 10/10 is that the album just needs 1 or 2 more hard hitting songs like the title track Shea Butter Baby and the song New Apartment.

Fav songs: BMO, Up Late, Shea Butter Baby, Speak To Me, New Apartment, I Been, Static
Least fav song: N/A


The debut studio album from Ari Lennox is a soothing R&B album that features quality production.

Chicago Boy - 7.4
BMO - 7.5
Broke (feat. JID) - 6.9
Up Late - 6.7
Shea Butter Baby (with J. Cole) - 7.6
Speak To Me - 7.2
New Apartment - 6.9
Facetime - 7.5
Pop - 7.4
I Been - 7.8
Whipped Cream - 7.6
Static - 7.4

Overall Rating - 7.3

"Shea Butter Baby" by Ari Lennox / 2019 / Dreamville/Interscope / Pop/R&B


-Chicago Boy 8/10
-BMO 8/10
-Broke 7/10
-Up Late 8/10
-Shea Butter Baby 8/10
-Speak To Me 7/10
-New Apartment 8/10
-Facetime 8/10
-Pop 8/10
-I Been 10/10
-Whipped Cream 8/10
-Static 8/10

Overall: 8/10

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Track List

  1. Chicago Boy
  2. BMO
  3. Broke (feat. JID)
  4. Up Late
  5. Shea Butter Baby
  6. Speak to Me
  7. New Apartment
  8. Facetime
  9. Pop
  10. I Been
  11. Whipped Cream
  12. Static
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Added on: April 30, 2019