With millions of songs on YouTube, it’s much easier to skip from one song to the next and much harder finishing any of the songs. The thing is, you already know most of the songs. So, the rush is to stumble on a new gem that’ll keep you company now and for some good years to come.
When I was a few months or weeks at Rhodes University I stumbled upon a nice banger by Ari Lennox titled “Broke” from her debut, Shea Butter Baby.
It was my first time learning of Ari Lennox. “Broke” had no video, but the cool cover art made it look like the video was coming anytime soon.
The next time I stumbled on Ari Lennox was when I was getting ready to bid farewell to Rhodes. This was after I had typed the words “tiny desk” in YouTube’s search box. On Tiny Desk you get recorded live performances. So, it was really a case of let me finally see how Lennox looks like in person. I was looking to skip after satisfying that thirst, if you can call it that. But her songs pulled me in. They pulled me in (she performed three from the album). I even had to repeat the video.
It’s not so much about the songs, but her personality: her cheeky and humorous remarks in-between songs and the vulgar language she employs in the songs. “Why you tell me all the motherfucking things?” she sings on one of the songs.
“Sorry, children,” she says when preparing the audience for a raunchy song.
My conclusion after the initial shock had worn out was: If adult language was the reserve of angry, violent, rap artists, Ari Lennox is exactly the opposite. She alternates between being vulgar and being sweet or innocent. Lennox’s voice is mellow; she’s laid back and is in no hurry, and the instrumentals from her band are easy too.
She has a thing for pandering to her audience (“You’re so cute; I love your nose!”), but this is just a way to thread ahead with her adult-material songs. She sings on one “If I pop you this pussy tonight, I fuck you good…”
The video is great stumble-upon! The songs will unsettle, but if they do not turn you off, you might just enjoy them.