The Dreamville songbird’s standout cut from the Creed 2 soundtrack gets a set of visuals, featuring J. Cole.

“Don’t matter you love her or not – you got part of her soul now…”

This is the year EVERYONE notices Ari Lennox.

The Dreamvillette hasn’t put out a project since her amazing 2016 EP PHO, and yet she’s made sure she’s never left out of current R&B conversations. Lennox spent her 2018 reminding people exactly who she was and what her lovely voice was capable of, turning in strong features on projects from her labelmates Bas and EarthGang. Then Ari set out on her own, dropping single after single from “Whipped Cream” to “Pedigree.”

Ari’s biggest moment, however, may have been “Shea Butter Baby,” her contribution to Mike-WiLL Made It’s Creed 2: The Album soundtrack. Placed amongst a myriad of hype anthems, Lennox’s smooth collaboration with J. Cole mellowed things out with a big-band-jazz love song that’s as much as an ode to Black love as it is Lana Del Ray-sampling sex music.

On Wednesday, Lennox opted to give “Shea Butter Baby” an official set of visuals to match. In homage to the record’s old-school feel, director Bennett Johnson employs soft lighting and 70s era set-pieces and fashion. Yes, Ari’s lover is on his laptop, but they’re sitting together in a kitchen that’s built like James and Florida’s from Good Times. J. Cole even pops up at the video’s midway point in a golden hoodie.

But the beauty of “Shea Butter Baby” lies in how visually stunning its brown-skinned stars are, right down to the glow of Ari’s melanin. Johnson’s lesson with the video is pretty clear: when you keep the distractions to a minimum, you’ll see the true beauty in each other and get to the good part. We’re still waiting for Ari’s “50 Shades of Choke” video, but given how rough these last 19 days of February have been, it’s understood that we needed “Shea Butter Baby” especially for Black History Month.

Watch the video for Ari Lennox’s “Shea Butter Baby,” featuring J. Cole, for yourself up top. While it may also make an appearance on Ari’s still-to-be-announced sophomore project, you can check it out on Creed 2: The Album, out now on iTunes.