In May 2020 Canadian-bred recording artist Nav celebrated his 2ndtime debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his 3rdstudio album Good Intentionson XO/Republic.
The celebrated album had features from the likes of rap heavy weights like Young Thug, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Gunna, Lil Durk, Don Toliver and Pop Smoke. He set the tone early in 2020 pre-album release with the success of his song ‘Turks’featuring Travis Scott and Gunna and immediately saw its debut at #1 on the Apple Music and Spotify USA charts as well as hit the Top 20 ofBillboard’s Hot 100, marking Nav’s 8thHot 100 entry and highest rank on the chart to date. He has over 6billion global streams in total for his career, 6platinum selling records [including Wanted You ft. Lil Uzi Vert which is 2X platinum] and 2 Gold albums. In 2019 Nav completed a sold out North American tour off his past album Bad Habits(his first #1 debut album on Billboard), sold out a headline show in London within 24 hours, and performed at festivals such as Rolling Loud SF & LA and Reading & Leeks UK.Bad Habits leading intoGood Intentionsis the progression of Nav, a seasoned veteran and consummate musician out to show the world the true depths of his artistry. With the making of Good Intentions ,Nav went into the studio with a strong goal of going deep into songwriting and pushing himself as much as possible with his craft. He’s a full-blown renaissance man who started with a $100 microphone in his parents’ home and made his dreams come true on his own terms. The album still shows Nav talking shit and having fun but there is also a very vulnerable side of the album that shows feelings around his experiences like in the hard hitting “Brown Boy”.
The critical praise was expansive for the album and Nav as an artist...
"Nav's nose for trap bangers reigns supreme." -BILLBOARD
"His star has risen because he brings the radio to him andthen regurgitates it as his own style. It’s brilliant, a little bit cynical, and exactly what you’d expect from a rapper who has openly yearned for stardom." -COMPLEX
"a home run..." -THE FADER
"Good Intentions is an active display of the importance of melody, as tracks carry a catchy cadence from beginning to end." -HYPEBEAST.
Growing up in Canada, Nav experienced diversity at all corners of his neighborhood. Born Punjabi-Indian, his friends spanned various cultures, birthing a curious musical palate. “My older sisters used to listen to Rock music like Marilyn Manson, Nirvana, and Radiohead,” he says. “My friends in my neighborhood used to listen to Nas and Jay-Z, so I got a mix of both worlds.” He was gifted his first boombox as a child and it was onfrom there. “I wouldn’t even go outside,” he adds with a laugh. “I just sat in my room and played music all day.” At 16, Nav started making beats, though by 20 he began taking his craft seriously. Early on he manifested a brighter future for himself. “What separated me from kids in my neighborhood was that I picked up books, self-help stuff,” he remembers. “When I was living in the hood, every day I would make a gratitude list.” That list turned into goals that were later realized tenfold. Nav ventured into musical engineering, mixing projects for friends in Toronto, while combining his love of production and songwriting. A true musician, he learned piano by ear, though took actual lessons to help his beat making abilities. “I was getting frustrated becausethere were certain notes I couldn’t play,” he says. By 25, Nav started rapping, when a friend of his urged him to record the song he had initially written for him. The song was called “Take Me Simple,” a 2015 Soundcloud darling that clocks in at over 10 million listens to date. The ball began rolling -and rolling fast.It was a no brainer that Nav would join the ranks at XO, with local legend The Weeknd as its figurehead, becoming XO Records’ first official signee. Nav’s production on Travis Scott’s “Biebs In The Trap” and Drake’s “Back To Back” fanned the flames for his growing movement. His eponymous XO debut mixtape NAV—was critically acclaimed—compiling all of his previous buzz tracks—leading to Nav being featured on stage with The Weeknd at O2 Arenaas his first performance ever. He later walked in Abel’s footsteps with an intimate performance at Toronto’s Mod Club, and later 2017’s Coachella—where fans demanded his performance slot be moved to a later time. By that summer he collaborated with famed producer Metro Boomin on their groundbreaking Perfect Timingmixtape and joined The Weeknd for The Legends of the Fall Starboy Tour.By 2018, Nav released his debut Reckless, armed with the lead single “Wanted You,” followed by “Freshman List,” and “Champion.” Recklesscontinues to be a force, still sitting among Top Ten projects, though Nav wanted more. “Recklesswas falling into this new lifestyle, it was a different Nav,” hesays of himself. “I wasn’t making beats the way I used to. I wasn’t really tapped in.” His only choice was to take it back to the basics. He returned to his hands-on approach, enlisting new talent, though still remaining as the person in the driver’s seat, calling it a “collaborative” process while simultaneously solidifying his true identity. “I feel like people that discovered me with the last project, their only opinion of me is this icy Brown guy who raps,” he says. “I was just rappin’ on beat. I want to be respected as a musician, I want people to know I’m playing these notes on the piano and I’m engineering.” His goal to show the world the breadth of his talent has paid off as seen with two consecutive album #1 charting, critical acclaim and sold out shows worldwide.