The Austin 100: MAVI Mavi's flow can be low-key, and he records on his own living-room floor, but make no mistake: His work, like his life, is infused with a powerful sense of purpose.
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The Austin 100: MAVI

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Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Genre: Hip-Hop

Why We're Excited: A North Carolina native now enrolled at D.C.'s Howard University, Omavi Minder splits his time among his studies (he's majoring in neuroscience), his activism (mostly centered on black liberation) and his rap career, which has produced a riveting mixtape called Let the Sun Talk and plaudits from, among others, Earl Sweatshirt. Mavi's flow can be low-key, and he records on his own living-room floor, but make no mistake: His work, like his life, is infused with a powerful sense of purpose.

Listen to MAVI's "Self Love"