Ari Lennox Steps Away From The Internet But Leaves Fans With New EP


Ari Lennox has dropped a new EP to hold over her fans until her highly-anticipated album Age/Sex/Location arrives next week.

The Away Message EP includes five new tracks, with one of them sporting a feature from Summer Walker.

Ari Lennox announced the teaser on Twitter before informing her fans that she’ll be offline until her album drops on September 9.

“Off the internet until September 9 so here’s my away message to you all,” Ari wrote. “New EP to hold you over until the album, love ya.”

Away Message arrives after Ari Lennox opened up extensively to her Dreamville leader  J. Cole about what her new album means to her.

“Trasitional space. Very vulnerable and codependent and validation seeking park of my life,” Ari Lennox wrote in her lengthy reply to Cole. “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.”

She continued: “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. Learning new things. Allowing that desperation and neediness to fade. What’s for me is for me and I’m complete on my own. This is my eat pray love journey.”

Ari’s detailed response comes after she revealed the project’s cover art on Tuesday (August 30), and confirmed that Age/Sex/Location would have 12 songs.

In an interview with Vibe, Lennox said she’s experienced extensive growth since the release of Shea Butter Baby in 2010 and said the new project will reflect that.

“I think [on] Shea Butter Baby, I romanticize a lot of things in life,” Lennox said.” I feel like I was very naive about a lot of things about romance, about myself, about career, life, whatever, and I feel like I’m just more aware now, more evolved, [and] more, not putting up with certain shit I don’t like.”

Listen to Away Message below: