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J. Cole Helped Ari Lennox Face Her Fear of Flying

“He was the one who realized I was still basically drinking to get through it.”
J. Cole Helped Ari Lennox Face Her Fear of Flying

If there is anything this summer has taught us about the golden voice of Dreamville, Ari Lennox, it is that she is as human as the rest of us. From her new music to her public emotional breakdown, Lennox has been very open about her pain and her struggles. 

Lennox is well-versed in all things heartache and depression, but now we can add a fear of flying to the list of reasons why we all relate to her. As she recently revealed to Billboard, the 27-year-old had a crippling fear of flying that none other than label head J. Cole helped her overcome.

“Well, I was so excited when I was finally getting on planes ‘cause I’ve been so scared of them,” she said. “But he was the one who realized I was still basically drinking to get through it, and he encouraged me to face this thing I’m so afraid of, instead of just really running from it. I had been doing it, but I had to be drunk to do it, so he was like, ‘Why don’t you try being sober? Just really feel the plane, and get used to the sounds, and all these things.’ He helped me realize that in life, in general, I be running versus facing my shit fully. And the most recent flight I did, I didn’t drink at all.”



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Where label heads are expected to be hands-on when it comes to the music, J. Cole evidently goes the extra mile for his artists. Cole is clearly invested in the personal lives of his signees, which likely reflects in the sincere and creatively free atmosphere of the Dreamville team.

Of course, when the personal bleeds into the business, action must be taken, but there is something to be said for each Dreamville signee having a fond memory of J. Cole taking on an elder brother role in their lives. Considering the quality of the Dreamville offerings this year, J. Cole’s approach is clearly working.

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