Ari Lennox brings ‘Shea Butter Baby’ to the NPR ‘Tiny Desk’

All hail the queen of Dreamville.

Ari Lennox is the latest artist to drop by the NPR offices for a stripped-down set at the Tiny Desk.

The Dreamville artist performed four cuts from her acclaimed 2019 debut, Shea Butter Baby, disarming the crowd with sincere compliments (“I’m liking all these curls! Y’all so cute!”) and deadpan jokes (“Well, how many of you got your own spa? … Me neither!”). But Lennox’s honeyed voice, over her band’s gentle accompaniment, was perhaps the most charming thing of all.

Watch Lennox’s performance at the Tiny Desk here:

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