WYD – [Mavi] [Tony Seltzer]

Earlier this week I revisited one of my very favorite releases of 2020 with KEY! and Brooklyn producer Tony Seltzer’s collaborative mixtape The Alpha Jerk which was really my first full-length introduction to Tony whose versatility is boundless and has a knack for creating sounds that are perfectly paced for the artists he works with, as well as finding beats that fit their unique voices well.

Today Tony is back again with a new song and visual titled “WYD” with North Carolina artist Mavi who has already risen to underground legend status between his freshman and sophomore projects Let the Sun Talk and END OF THE EARTH which both established his affinity for sample heavy and often times off-kilter sounding production that matches his melancholy delivery well, but the true gold of Mavi’s music lies within the words he’s speaking, and he has very much to say on this new song. In the song Mavi questions himself, exploring topics like what directions he’s going to take his musical and academic careers.

Truly Mavi is one of the very best lyricists to come out in the past decade and is only getting better and better as he collaborates with the underground’s best and most boundary-pushing producers. Moshpxt continues to be the go-to lens of the underground scene himself, receiving help lighting the shots from Colegrove Heller, and providing a crisp series of poignant shots showcasing Mavi rapping his song. I am excited for more Mavi and hope to catch one of his performances on his upcoming tour assisting Jack Harlow and Babyface Ray, on what is one of the most compelling lineups I have seen in quite some time.