On a pretty chill December evening in a sold out Brixton Electric. Filled with a young crowd bubbling away with an excited energy.
Ari Lennox described the demographic as a “Beautiful Chocolate Audience” considering the recent controversial comments from Hip Hop Artist “Noname” Ari seemed genuinely empowered by the turn out tonight.
The show opened with an eruption from the crowd as Ari paraded the stage gracefully in a full length white fur coat to sounds of her dope trio of musicians (Drums, Keys & an alluring female electric guitarist)
Her back drop was an unusual look consisting of three columns filled with shelves of black manikin heads wearing wigs in an assortment of colours.
Along with some giant pot plants.
The vibe was relaxed like we were inside Ari’s home.
As Ari got comfortable she took off the long white fur coat soon followed by her heels & performed barefoot for the remainder of the show.
Ari was masterful with her interactions with the crowd tonight. Literally having us in the palm of her hands with empowering words for young Black Women, believing in yourself & even poking fun at her label boss J. Cole calling him the “Fuzzy man”
(Ok lets get into the Set…)
Performing a mixture of cuts from her debut EP “PHO” & her Amazing debut album “Shea Butter Baby” The adoring crowed virtually sang every song word for word. This show clocked in at a flawless hour & a half, integrating instrumental solos from her Guitarist & cameos at the end from her three terrific opening acts.
This show felt like we were witnessing a star in the making with such a commanding overall performance tonight. Ari has been described in the media as a “Young Erykah Badu” high praise which I feel is richly deserved.
This was a special show which was further enhanced by Ari bringing her mother on stage + her team presenting her with a celebratory cake & a bouquet of flowers at the close the show.
Stand out performances on the night were “Up Late” “Apartment” “Shea Butter Baby” & “BMO”
Review by SKANDOUZ for I am Hip Hop Magazine