Words: Arenma Ahonsi
NAME: MAVI LIKE: EARL SWEATSHIRT, KANYE WEST, MOS DEF
SOUND: SOULFUL, RAP, CONSCIOUS RAP
FEELING: RAW, OLD SCHOOL, PENSIVE
Sitting on a bed of sample heavy beats, Mavi’s introspective raps gives the listener something to think about. This is evident in songs like the Earl Sweatshirt-produced cut ‘Sense’ off his latest body of work Let the Sun Talk. On the track Mavi raps: ‘she said “what kinda songs you make?”, I make the type you gotta read baby ‘; this lyric gives you the perfect idea of the calibre of music that the D.C. rapper has made and will continue to make.
‘Self Love’, like the title suggests, delves into loving yourself enough to stand up to your inner demons and vices that are holding you back. Substance abuse is something that Mavi has had to battle in previous years and in one of the many things he touches on in the song. Light, beautiful guitars, soft drums and a soulful sample form the foundation for Mavi to speak from the depths of his introspective mind and help him deliver his unique take on the topic of self love. In a time where heavy 808s form the skeleton for a lot of beats and rappers are sounding a lot like each other or the last song they made, Mavi offers some food for the mind and a more conscious approach to rap.
It is not difficult the similarity between the sound of Mavi and the sound of more Earl Sweatshirt, especially if you listen to Some Rap Songs and Feet of Clay. It is no surprise tof find out that he produced ‘Sense’ for Mavi, a song that could’ve easily fit on Some Rap Songs.
After being inducted into the lo-fi rap community by former skater and current rapper Sage Elssseser, Mavi got to work on his project Let the Sun Talk. When making ‘Moonfire’ with MIKE, Mavi was introduced to Earl Sweatshirt. After bonding on FaceTime over Howard University where Mavi is studying neuroscience, Earl Sweatshirt began to heavily support him which lead to a feature Mavi on Earl’s Feet of Clay.
With the stamp of approval from Earl Sweatshirt and acceptance into the lo-fi rap community by Sage Elsseser, the world is the 20 year Old’s oyster and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him. Mavi is bringing us thought –provoking raps about racism and black liberation, something comparable to the like of Kendrick Lamar. This is a name that will be in many rap conversations in the future.
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