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
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In the YouTube age radio is a medium that is often overlooked (no pun intended). From a personal standpoint I’ve had a love of radio since childhood. It was where I’d hear new music, interviews with my favorite artists and what I’d blast driving around town. There’s an artistry and personality that comes through radio that is timeless.
I was invited by the homies Geng-Grizzly and Note D to the BBOX Radio booth for their last episode of Fresh Out the Box. It was a great experience chopping it up on live radio with them and hearing new rap tunes that fall outside the usual mainstream suspects. Also notable on the show was the interview with Memphis rapper Cities Aviv and his manager James Goodmane. They are both extremely gracious people and they dropped ample knowledge of the Memphis rap scene.
If you are at all a hip-hop fan Fresh Out the Box is must-hear material. You can download the latest archived episode HERE. You can tune in live on BBOX Radio every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30PM. If you liked this feature I recommend checking out style profile I did with Note D. Look out for more collaborations with me and the Fresh Out the Box Crew in the next few weeks.
Photos by Rocky Li