Ari Lennox surprised fans with a new EP ahead of her forthcoming album Age/Sex/Location.
The Washington D.C. native dropped the 5-song EP Away Message, which is led by “Queen Space” featuring Summer Walker. Lennox was previously featured on Walker’s “Unloyal” from her album Still Not Over It. That album dropped in November of last year. Other Away Message song titles include “Tatted,” “Gummy,” “No Settling,” and “Bitter.”
J.Cole, Lennox’s label mate and co-founder of Dreamville, shared a heartfelt text message exchange between the two in which she explained what Age/Sex/Location means to her.
“I asked Ari what this new album means to her,” Cole captioned a screenshot of the text message conversation. “I needed to know cuz I f— with it so heavy. What I hear is the highs, lows, joys, and pains of dating life in 2022. But her answer made it even deeper for me. Appreciate you @arilennox Looking forward to the rest of the world hearing it.”
“Transitional space. Very vulnerable codependent and validation seeking part of my life,” she wrote. “I remember the countless times I was kicked out of dating apps because they didn’t think I was really myself, it reminded me of those age/sex/location days where I actually wasn’t being myself in those chat rooms. I spent so much time seeing the god and good in some abusive people. Neglecting my needs and self-worth. Romanticizing terrible people. Ignoring red flags. Ignoring my own opinions and those knots in my stomach when interacting with people I’m dating.”
She continued: “No more tip-toeing. No more docile. Providing grace and compassion to myself. Blocking those that no longer serve me or just literally not responding. Blocking the resistance to heal. Allowing accountability and maturing. Allowing growth to happen. Allowing self-worth and self-love and inner work to happen. Allowing therapy. Allowing dating me to happen. Doing things I like to do whenever I want.”
Age/Sex/Location follows Ari’s debut studio album Shea Butter Baby which was released in 2019. This LP will arrive next Friday (Sept. 9).
Listen to “Queen Space” below: