Mike WiLL Made-It’s Creed II: The Album has been steadily arriving piecemeal, with contributions from Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and A$AP Ferg, as well as Nas and Rick Ross. Now, “Shea Butter Baby” arrives courtesy of J. Cole and Ari Lennox, who bring a touch of intimacy to the otherwise imposing offerings. Backed by a Spanish guitar arrangement evocative of Santana’s “Maria Maria,” Lennox showcases her lovely voice, painting an evocative picture over a sultry arrangement. “If you’re really down we can find it,” she sings. “Lost in an alley, make love by a trashcan.” Rats be damned, if you with it, the rest is history.
Cole continues his streak of magnificence, waxing poetic about the scent of coconut oil among other romantic properties. Taking a page out of “Pretty Little Fears” playbook, Cole plays the Casanova, showcasing yet another side of his multifaceted persona. The end result is a genuinely electric back and forth, in which the chemistry suggests a bond beyond creativity. Peep “Shea Butter Baby” now.
Coconut oil, the scent of your body still lingers on sheets
I got a shot at you, you wouldn’t reach
Cock back, cock back trigger release
Pop that top take a sip of your holiest water
I know I’m a part of your flow now
Say when you cut it her body you love it now you’ve got part of her soul now
I didn’t know then but I know now