MAVI Targets His Inner Demons On ‘drunk prayer’

The acclaimed North Carolina rapper returns after two difficult years...

MAVI has returned with new music following two painful years in the acclaimed rapper’s personal life, that left him struggling to create.

Having recentred himself through engaging with visual art and design, the North Carolina native is preparing for the release of his third album ‘Shadow Box’, out August 9th. Alongside the news MAVI shared a new single, ‘drunk prayer’, which gives a taste of the record’s vulnerability, as he chronicles a time in his life fraught with grief and family issues, which led to alcoholism and struggles with his mental health.

‘drunk prayer’ opens with MAVI asking how to go about killing the inner demon that’s been with him since childhood, before delivering an honest and uplifting confessional over Angelo LeRoi production.

In a statement on ‘Shadow Box’, MAVI writes:

“I was really sad about the last album. I didn’t really know how to get back into making stuff into the way I like. I felt really hopeless about it, started getting really drunk, dealt with love and heartbreak, having to be there for my family. I had to come back and really learn how to make art all over again. My path back was centered around visual art, fashion, interior design, and design as an artistic framework and as an organizational force in society. A lot of the backbone of the  album came from my time with this design book, ‘The Black Experience in Design.’ The idea I gained from that is design is power. The ability to determine the order of things, the way things are supposed to be…that’s power. The orderliness in the lives of the devoutly religious became an attractive subtext during the creation of this album.”

Watch the MAVI & Jesse Fox Hallen directed video below.

-
Join the Clash mailing list for up to the minute music, fashion and film news.