Ari Lennox Is Officially 'Over It' Like Summer Walker
Dreamville artist, Ari Lennox poured her emotions out Monday via Twitter, following the Soul Train Awards. Lennox was nominated for 3 categories: Best R&B/Soul Female Artists, Album/Mixtape of the Year, and Best Collaboration Performance. Unfortunately, she didn’t take home the award for any of the categories. This is what led to her Twitter fingers. Lennox began by expressing how she felt her album was the ultimate soul album for black people.
“I made a soul album for black people. I made my album for black people lol… I just don’t understand. At all actually. But cool.” She continued, “I want this sh*that way more than it wants me. I’m learning I have to stop caring… Yeah I’m hurt. I’m not built for these things lmao.”
At first, fans thought the singer was subbing Lizzo, who won the Album/Mixtape of the Year awards. Similarly, because the majority of people weren’t expecting Lizzo to win either. However, Lennox made sure to address these allegations. She made it clear that it wasn’t about the artist, but about her passion for this particular award show and genre.
“It’s not just an award. It’s not just any award show. It was the Soul Train Awards. As you can see I’m a big fan of soul music and a huge fan of soul trains history. Being snubbed was something I always expected and was definitely prepared for just not by them,” she stated. “My intent is never to annoy people who clearly don’t f*ck with me, I don’t be asking these shady blogs to post what I write. Naw I quit. I’m not selling out. So I quit. I’ll join the damn army.”
It’s not clear how serious Lennox was about quitting the music industry or joining the army for that matter. The plot continues to thicken when people accused Lennox of feeling entitled versus passionate. Many said that just because she was nominated doesn’t mean she had the right to just win. Additionally, followers wanted her to know that her time is coming. Lennox is still seen as a new artist in the industry, so it’s befitting that she’ll receive her award during her peak. Nonetheless, the singer was not trying to hear it. She continued to explain how her tweets were not from the emotion of entitlement, but from frustration and heartache.
“You know what I realized? People who genuinely f*ck with me understand my frustration. People who are self hating haters and clearly have never given my music a chance got the biggest problem with me always. No one will have to worry about me complaining after this current complaint. Lol, what I will not do is ever be this depressed again.”
Last, Lennox made it clear that she wasn’t as new of an artist as we all believed. She even spoke on how she’s been working since 2009.
“Every time I wrap my mind around it I just can’t accept it. It feels like a break up. I made a soulful album. I never ran from who I am. I just expected that one platform to understand this,” she said. “Me being honest doesn’t make me less gracious or less star worthy. For people saying I just started no. I’ve been grinding since 2009. There was so much madness leading up to right now. Dear fake fans please unfollow. I’m not entitled. I’m hurt. There’s deeper things I would love to say but I just can’t. It’s not an entitlement. It’s blatant disrespect.”