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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the R&B artist features guest appearances from J. Cole and J.I.D.
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Whipped Cream
I've been eatin' whipped cream, havin' vivid dreams Of your face and through people on TV screens You've been everywhere And I wish I didn't care Oh,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Jun 18, 2019
    82
    Overall, for a debut album, Ari Lennox shows a lot of promise as a contemporary musical child of past neo-soul pioneers (whether they claim the title or not). With minimal effort, Ari impressively delivers the kind of R&B that has been missing (and missed), from the genre.
  2. Jun 18, 2019
    80
    Shea Butter Baby manages to meld contemporary R&B with other sounds like soul, funk, and blues, all while introducing us to the Ari Lennox of today – and the inspirations that guide her every move.
  3. Jun 18, 2019
    76
    Though the album doesn’t really step outside of neo-soul conventions, it is nevertheless as stirring and lifting as a memory-triggering scent.
  4. Jun 18, 2019
    70
    Creative production and Lennox's voice, which brims with beauty and character throughout the album, are admirable distractions from the holes in the songwriting, however.
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