More than three years after the release of Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox is set to release her sophomore album, age/sex/location. Recently, Dreamville’s very own J. Cole offered a bit of insight into the project. In a rare social media move, the North Carolina native shared a text thread in which she outlined what drove her to create this project.
“[I’m in a] transitional space. [I was in a] very vulnerable codependent and validation-seeking part of my life. I remember the countless times I was kicked out of dating apps because they didn’t think I was really myself,” Ari Lennox told J. Cole.
“It reminded me of those age/sex/location days where I wasn’t actually being myself in those chat rooms. I spent so much time seeing the God and good in some abusive people. [I was neglecting my needs and self-worth. [I was] romanticizing terrible people, ignoring red flags, ignoring my opinions and those knots in my stomach when interacting with people I’m dating.”
Ari Lennox went on to say that this album is part of her “Eat Pray Love journey.” In return, J. Cole shared his appreciation for the Dreamville singer’s sophomore album, age/sex/location.
“I f*ck with [the album] so heavy. What I hear [are] the highs, lows, joys and pains of dating life in 2022. Her answer made it even deeper for me,” he captioned his Instagram post.
“[I’m] looking forward to the rest of the world hearing it.”
age/sex/location is set for release on September 9, 2022, but the Washington, D.C. native shared “Queen Space” with Summer Walker on August 31. Until the rest of the album arrives, check out J. Cole’s Instagram post about Ari Lennox below.