Ari Lennox is about to release her heavily anticipated sophomore album, age/sex/location, on Sept 9., and when Dreamville leader J. Cole asked what this project means to her, Ari sent a long, touching message outlining how it’s really an album about healing.
Cole shared the text Ari sent him on Instagram, explaining how excited he is for the world to hear her message as well.
“I asked Ari what this new album means to her,” Cole writes in the caption of the post. “I needed to know cuz I fuck 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.”
Ari explained in the text that age/sex/location is her discussing everything she has learned from pouring into the wrong people and how she’s reached this point of being her complete, unapologetic self.
“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.”
Ari 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.”
Ari shared the cover art for the upcoming album on social media Tuesday, as well as news that she will be releasing another single with Summer Walker.
age/sex/location is due out Sept. 9.