Discovered after she uploaded a couple examples of her work to the Web, Ari Lennox is an R&B singer/songwriter signed to J. Cole's Dreamville imprint. Based in Washington, D.C., Lennox began uploading her music around 2012 and released her debut EP, Ariography, in 2013. A couple more stray tracks were uploaded in 2014, along with the independently released single "Bound," then in 2015 she signed with Dreamville. An appearance on labelmate Omen's 2015 release Elephant Eyes followed, then in 2016 she appeared on the Dreamville compilation Revenge of the Dreamers, Vol. 2.