Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:30 p.m.
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
Tickets: $15 plus
“Raised with a love for music, Mavi wrote his first raps at 14 years old. As a student at West Charlotte High School he soaked in the tunes of acts like Noname, Saba, Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt, but struggled to find an outlet for his art in a live setting. Despite those struggles, a steady stream of releases leading up to his 2018 mixtape, No Roses, helped Mavi finally start seeing success with his music. And while he received cosigns from acclaimed acts like Pink Siifu and Earl Sweatshirt– local love seemed to be contained to his high school peers.
Mavi rose quickly through the ranks of underground hip-hop with his insightful messages of self-empowerment and mental emancipation. Let the Sun Talk opens with a spoken-word intro that delineates his goals of Black liberation. “Knowledge, wisdom, understanding, freedom, justice, equality, food, clothing and shelter,” but to get that, one needs “money, guns, lands and useful knowledge.” It’s a bold proclamation for some, coupling philosophical ideas like gun ownership to pro-Blackness, but confronting these complexities is what’s made Mavi the national name he is today.” – Grant Golden, CLTure
Nia J’s latest EP, Rabbit Hole, is a whimsical exploration of life’s complexities. This sultry R&B record finds Nia J traversing topics of sexuality, love, anxiety, and all the feelings in between. Nia builds up layers of alluring harmonies atop delicate production, bringing a dream-like quality to this collection of tracks. Rabbit Hole is a vulnerable record that dips into the world of Nia J, and by the end we can’t wait to dive deeper.
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