Video shot and edited by Goodwin Cities Aviv (Gavin Mays) is a musician who defies easy categorization. His lyrical content fluctuates between braggadocios and contemplative; his voice set to raw. spacy production that sits miles apart from most contemporary rap . Meeting him it’s clear that Cities is at once a product of his environment and also someone who defies it. I met Gavin around the time of his Black Pleasure mixtape releases on the PTP radio show Fresh out the Box. I remember hearing his tracks and interview and appreciating his left field approach to music making. Nearly a year later I had the chance to interview Cities. I spoke to him about his Memphis roots, his personal style and his continued desire to be different from everyone else. The interview is spliced with visuals from an afternoon aimlessly roaming Chinatown. Special thanks to Goodwin for killing it on editing and shooting the video. Be sure to check out Cities’ new release URL IRL off his forthcoming album Come To Life. You can Cities Aviv on twitter for more updates. See accompanying photos of Cities after the jump

 

All Photos by Rocky Li

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