Ari Lennox: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Ari Lennox play "Speak To Me", "Pop", "New Apartment" and "Shea Butter Baby" at the Tiny Desk.
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Sept. 25, 2019 | Bobby Carter -- When Ari Lennox entered NPR Headquarters to perform at the Tiny Desk, we soon learned she was a little under the weather. Draped in a long, leopard-print coat, she greeted the band and approached the desk. I asked her if she was in any shape to sing, and she assured me she was. "Oh, I'm fine and I'm ready!" With that, she slipped off her coat, took her place behind the desk and began her warm up.
Earlier this Spring, Lennox staked her claim not only on J. Cole's Dreamville imprint as the sole female artist but also in the upper echelon of R&B with her debut album, Shea Butter Baby. Her nuanced but explicit - and sometimes lyrically graphic - approach to seemingly surface-level emotions and situations immediately struck a chord with fans, while slowly moving to the top of my favorite-albums list for 2019.
From the opening riffs of "Speak to Me," her rich tone and vibrato drew the audience in, making the room feel small. The bonus in Ari Lennox's set is the glimpse you get of her bashful charm, which bought her much more leeway than a lot of us in the room expected. From the introduction of "Pop" to her NSFW call-and-response, to the song "New Apartment," her personality beamed almost as bright as her voice. The D.C. native told NPR's Michel Martin that's she's always been slept-on. Those days may be in her rear view mirror after the year she's having.
"Speak To Me"
"New Apartment"
"Shea Butter Baby"
Ari Lennox: vocals; Chris Worthy: keys; CJ Trusclair: drums; Taylor Gamble: guitar; Jerome Lawrence: bass; Stanley Banks Jr: percussion; Dave James: vocals
Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Niki Walker, CJ Riculan; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Ben De La Cruz/NPR

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  • Devonia Earnest

    Devonia Earnest

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    Your music draws people to your realistic beams of your soul of music keeps wanted to hear more from you so soulful sweet voice beautifully earthly things I want to say speak for me!!!! Many Blessings 🙏🏽🔥🦋🌟🆓🆒🍷🥰🧘🏽

  • CVA X

    CVA X

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    bundles or?

  • Asia Mason

    Asia Mason

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    Melanin queen😍

  • Alien The Artist

    Alien The Artist

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  • Iman Abou

    Iman Abou

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    she's perfect

  • Irealla Real Life

    Irealla Real Life

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    She's the it factor!🌟

  • MediaVantage


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    All I hear is that sister on strings and that brother on bass!!!🔥🔥

  • tashana dodd

    tashana dodd

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    I love Ari Lennox ever since she was the supporting act for J.Cole, when i moved into my first place after uni by myself, new apartment was the song on blast and repeat.

  • Jozeil


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    Thank you

  • Jocari Peralta

    Jocari Peralta

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    Wow she's so sweet

  • Yo Diggy

    Yo Diggy

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    I am your number one fan Ms Sexy voice...I listen to your songs everyday and night...even your talk voice is cute...kisses !!

  • Pachanga


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    Ari’s got bars 🔥

  • Daisy Torres

    Daisy Torres

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    That first song,,,,,,, EVERYTHING

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    Syn h

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  • Sibusiso Nyandeni

    Sibusiso Nyandeni

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    When she introduced J cole 😂😂😂

  • Jaleel Thomas

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  • Sandisa Mazibuko

    Sandisa Mazibuko

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    Dang Every Line is Perfect plus She look F*ckn Sexy with those Curls

  • JeQuan Jackson

    JeQuan Jackson

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    I love black women the energy and vibe they give off is immaculate. Gives me goosebumps

  • A *Wal

    A *Wal

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    This my other wife..😍💯

  • Dewey!


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    i always imagine my mf aunt in these crowds ionno why LOL

  • Blake Peachey

    Blake Peachey

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  • Loretta Balla

    Loretta Balla

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    If good vibes was a person.

  • Juli V

    Juli V

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    i find myself singing her songs.. randomly.. I just LOVE HER.. She truly won me over on the dreamville album!.

  • Dank Life

    Dank Life

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    Such a vibe~

  • Jeff Harte

    Jeff Harte

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    I legit almost flipped when she "introduced" J. Cole! HA!

  • Ashlie D

    Ashlie D

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    Me: (speak to me) “WHY DONT YOU WHY DONT YOUUUUUUUUUUU”😫😫😂😂
    was waiting on my part and it didn’t happen 🥴😂😂

  • Emery Inman

    Emery Inman

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    She is such a vibe

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    MOVES FOR DAYES Entertainment

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    Ari's voice is magical!!!

  • Shanira Msale

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    The girl on the electric guitar. Finally a seeing woman in an NPR band!

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  • April Austin

    April Austin

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    Dresses like a lady should go Ari ....

  • Kam902009


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    This is one of my favorite tiny desk next to summer walkers

  • Prince Demetri

    Prince Demetri

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    I just love how engaged she is with the crowd. She got everybody laughing

    • Kam902009


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      Rigght the crowd didn't deserve her

  • Haircut Jonez

    Haircut Jonez

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    Sweetheart going in on the strings

  • Carla Alcantara

    Carla Alcantara

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    My soul needs this

  • Rafael Braggs

    Rafael Braggs

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    I love her voice I want her and masego to work together

    • Briana Nicole

      Briana Nicole

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      They have a song together. Masego plays and she sings. It’s called Up Late!

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    I just love her 😂❤️

  • Armond Hustle

    Armond Hustle

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    My future wife

  • nokiahmotorz01


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    Came here after the Erykah Badu Tiny Desk, such a vibe

  • The Curly Conundrum

    The Curly Conundrum

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    She’s so captivating. Her energy. Her vibe. The personality, her unique sound. I’m here for it all

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  • Seta Maapola

    Seta Maapola

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    I love her sense of humor 😹😹😹

  • Just Tim

    Just Tim

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    Easily my favorite Tiny Desk

  • Shawntae Clark

    Shawntae Clark

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    so nobody gone comment the songs?😒

    • QuileIsREAL


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      1. Speak to me 2. Pop 3 N