It’s my baby...You drop it out and then you’re real happy, but in the immediate aftermath you’re tortured by its constant need for care and attention. Just like a damn baby.Mavi
SiKK Magazine sat down with Charlotte, NC, rapper, Mavi to learn more about his latest album and hit sensation Let the Sun Talk.
Let the Sun Talk was released earlier this month, on October 7th, 2019, a complete year after it was started on October 7th, 2018. Let the Sun Talk features 11 songs with sounds from a variety of genres, including hip-hop and afro-soul.
Read our interview with Mavi about his creation of Let the Sun Talk below:
S: Why did you name this project Let the Sun Talk? Are you the sun, and where does that persona come from?
M: I named it Let the Sun Talk because it’s loosely based around this spiritual philosophy called Nation of Gods and Earth, which basically puts the Black child at the center of his family and his space. The original philosophy was targeted toward Black boys, and I wanted to get across that you are the source of power and energy in your universe, which is something that is important for Black boys, Black girls, Black gender non-conforming folks to hear. This is a cultural philosophy that I grew up learning from my father, form my friends and community, and I wanted to share it because it is something that can improve a lot of people’s lives—knowing that they are the source of everything.
S: What would you say was the most difficult part about creating the album? What was your favorite part about creating the album?
M: The hardest part was having consistent resources in the ways of mixing and mastering, and to have someone be able to sit down with my raps and hear my advice on how to make it a complete project. That was really hard and stressful to the point where several times I considered not putting it out at all. But, the funnest part was probably when I started it about a calendar year ago—that first wave of a whole bunch of writing that came after I left the hospital. In a response to the physical weakness I was experiencing, I feel like my soul regained its footing. That’s what empowered me to make this shit in the first place. Getting my power back.
S: Besides rapping, did you play any other roles in the production of Let the Sun Talk?
M: All of the music on there was made in a spaced- out kind of way. So, in addition to just rapping, I was responsible for being a consolidator and a curator of sounds and feelings I thought would encapsulate the words, so that even in parts where I’m not saying anything the plot is still being advanced. That was also a very fun part about making it. It felt like making a movie.
S: What is your favorite song from the project and why?
M: I’m gonna give you three favorites. Guernica, just because it’s very jazzy, very two-steppy, and it’s my favorite one to dance to. I think it’s one of the more musical kinds of songs on there, and it reflects just a tiny percent of the ambition that I have musically, just going into improving as a song-maker. Omavi is my second favorite because the two versus that are on there were written at really crazy points in my life, where nigg*s was finna be outta here on my own accord. Just naming a song like that that was so vulnerable with my real government name made it one of my favorites. And my flows on it are my favorite from the whole album. My last favorite is daylight savings. It was the last one to be finalized and it had a black woman on it, Synclaire (@fle3K), who snaps. It’s really danceable and two-step-able. I really like the Mavi songs that have motion on them.
S: How did the creation of this project change how you view yourself as an artist and rapper?
M: Let the Sun, as far as Mavi goes, in my opinion is pretty straight-laced. I think that for one it defined my consistency in real terms, just from the fact that I now have a cover to cover album with very few lyrical lapses, if any. This really gave me the confidence to try more ambitious, whole projects. Being able to combine all of the parts of my thoughts into one whole that is relatively cohesive just gave me the green light to try other weirder, funner shit.
S: Moving forward, do you think that you will continue to release music that is Let the Sun Talk esq., or do you feel that your sound has changed since this album was released?
M: My sound was changed before this album was even announced. Let the Sun has been done from a rap and composition perspective for kind of a long time. It was really released late as f*ck, so a lot of the sounds that are on there and are new were heard during the meantime from the release of other songs and from other people. Part of what made the waiting process torturous for me was that I was already moving on sonically, but I was not able to really move on because I hadn’t yet given my people this work. So, don’t expect stuff to be Let the Sun esq. as far as what things sound like, but what it feels like in the back of your mind with always be Mav. My pen is always my pen.