The best Cities Aviv tracks pair the versatile Memphis rapper with a sample that acts as the second voice in a duet. Sparkling production is more essential to Cities’ identity than any other lyrical or extralyrical factor, which means he’s best when a beat adds an extra element of humanity to the mix.

On “Power Exchange,” chipmunk soul meets more wavy sounds, as Cities leans decidedly hi-fi, the move towards clarity benefiting both his rapid-fire flow and the subject matter at hand: the alienation that comes with pseudo-romantic interaction on the internet. Meanwhile, the sample stands in for Cities’ object of desire– gorgeous, yet insubstantial.



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