In 2019, 22-year-old rapper Mavi released his stunning debut album Let The Sun Talk to thunderous applause and widespread critical acclaim. Following the success of Let The Sun Talk, Mavi had prepared a sophomore album set to release in 2020, but due to unforeseen personal circumstances, he decided to ultimately shelve the project. Instead, in 2021 Mavi returned with the stellar 5-song EP, End of The Earth, featuring fan-favorites like “TIME TRAVEL” and “THOUSAND MILES”, with a LoneWolf-directed visual, before hitting the road on tour in the tail-end of 2021, accompanying Jack Harlow on his headlining Cremé De La Cremé tour alongside Detroit bar spitter Babyface Ray. In an era where metrics rule all, Mavi has emerged as a unicorn––an artist whose output remains uncompromising, but still manages to maintain a sizable and mobile fanbase, (1m Spotify Monthly Listeners) even with a 2-year break between releases and only an album and an EP released. Only adding to his unique stature, Mavi is also a fully independent and financially self-sufficient artist, bringing a certain level of urgency to his work that is incomparable. Now, after years of reflecting, contemplating, and of course, rapping––Mavi is delivering his highly-anticipated sophomore effort, Laughing So Hard It Hurts.
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