Ari Lennox Talks Morning Ritual, Hints at Debut Album

Ari Lennox Talks Morning Ritual, Hints at Debut Album

Ari Lennox is well-versed in sexy R&B, as heard on her 2016 EP Pho. The project’s intoxicating opener, “Yuengling,” named after America’s oldest brewery, is a woozy toast for two while the buzzy number “Backseat” (featuring her Dreamville label mate, Cozz) nods to love-making in the whip.

Beyond the mic, the Washington, D.C. native — who will be invading the TIDAL Stage at this weekend’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia — is just as candid as her grown and sexy persona on wax.

In a quick email Q&A, the sultry singer-songwriter told us about her morning ritual, honing her soulful voice and hints at her forthcoming debut album.

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Chew gum and pee.

Who is your muse?

Natural hair gurus on YouTube and Instagram.

If you could describe your style in just a few words, what would it be?

Lingerie, graphic tee, chic.

Where do you feel most at home?

In the studio.

You have an incredibly soulful voice. How were you able to develop your style?

Listening to a lot of Minnie Riperton, Ella Fitzgerald, Common, Kanye, John Legend, Chrisette Michelle and all ’90s R&B, lol.

What’s it like being the first and only lady on Dreamville Records?

It’s a true blessing and inspiring to keep evolving.

What’s next in the world of Ari Lennox?

I’m working on my debut album. It’s going to have some groovy vibey shit that’s true to my soul. I look forward to dropping it. soon.

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