With Mike WiLL Made-It as the top honcho Creed II: The Album, it’s no shock the challenge contains the perfect the perfect, with tracks by hip-hop giants like Lil Wayne, Nas, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj. Listed proper within the center the immensely star-studded monitor checklist is the sweetly titled track “Shea Butter Baby,” a collaboration between Ari Lennox and J. Cole.

“This is such an honor. It’s one the most important issues that’s ever occurred to me,” Ari Lennox humbly advised Billboard on the Creed II premiere crimson carpet in New York City. “Creed is such an actual, wonderful and phenomenal franchise, so that is insane. It got here out nowhere. I had the track written for some time, the label submitted it and the director simply occurred to find it irresistible. I really feel fortunate as hell.”

J. Cole, put it greatest when he rapped, “Dreamville stacked just like the Warriors,” in his latest “Album the Year (Freestyle),” as his group boasts sufficient expertise to have the ability to preserve most issues an in-house affair. “Shea Butter Baby” is produced by Elite, Dreamville’s go-to producer, who has been an plain staple throughout the making practically each Dreamville launch.

“Elite was doing what he does, producing, and it sounded stunning. I used to be simply going for Missy Elliott combined with Raphael Saadiq vibes, and all of it labored out and Cole hopped on it a couple of month in the past and adjusted my life once more. It sounds nice and he completely killed it,” Lennox mentioned.

Although Lennox did seem on J. Cole’s 2016 album, four Your Eyez Only, she considers “Shea Butter Baby” as their first “full” collaboration. “He’s all the time modified my life and he’s all the time searching, however that is the primary time now we have a full collaboration and we’re each killing it collectively. 'Change'] was like me being a candy chook within the background. In this track, we’re killing it collectively.”

Since dropping her PHO EP in 2016, Lennox lately launched a slew new singles inside the previous few months: “Whipped Cream,” “Grampa,” “Pedigree” and “No One” as she gears up for her new album, which she confirmed is titled, Shea Butter Baby.