Big Havi Pays Tribute to His Grandparents in “Testimony” Video
Big Havi processes his emotional trauma through cathartic and melodic rap music. Paying tribute to his grandparents, who fought for a better life for their family, Havi shares “Testimony,” his new video. Rhyming with a lightning-quick auto-tuned flow atop mournful guitars and thumping 808s, Havi reflects on his painful past, before defiantly pledging to make a better life for himself: “I remember them days I was down like a hill/I remember when momma couldn’t pay no bills.” Directed by BCPBrandon, the video switches between shots of Havi performing in his East Atlanta neighborhood with vintage photos of Havi’s late grandparents, providing a revealing glimpse at where Havi comes from and where he’s going. “Testimony” is the latest video from Havi’s No Pen No Pad Just Pain EP, following the Qasquiat-directed “Blood N My Eyes,” which incorporated footage of Atlanta’s Black Lives Matter protests. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
His second EP of 2020, No Pen No Pad Just Pain finds the 20-year-old rapper pouring his heart out. Over the EP’s 8 tracks, Havi works through his feelings about his rough upbringing, processing his PTSD and expressing his urgent desire to succeed. Haunted by memories of his traumatic past, Havi displays a wisdom well beyond his years, working through his issues with raw lyricism on highlights like “Scars N Scratches” and “Real Wit Y’all.”
In February, Havi shared Personal Problems, an expressive and infectious project boasting the urban radio hit “9 Times Out Of 10.” With over 27 million total streams, more than 8 million YouTube views, and a feature from Lil Baby, “9 Times Out Of 10” reached #34 on the nationwide urban radio airplay chart. Earlier this year, Big Havi turned heads as a supporting act on tour with Lil TJay, performing songs from his Personal Problems EP. Earlier this summer, Havi shared the video for “Personal Problems,” a project highlight with an appearance from Havi’s Commission Records labelmate Derez De’Shon (552k views).
With No Pen No Pad Just Pain EP and beyond, Havi looks to continue his success, with an eye on becoming the next ATL rapper to hit it big. Stay tuned for more music from Big Havi in the coming weeks and months.
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