Nav (rapper)

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For the self-titled mixtape by the artist, see Nav (mixtape).
Nav
Navraj Singh (NAV).jpg
Nav at Coachella in 2017
Background information
Birth name Navraj Singh Goraya
Also known as
  • Nav
  • Beats by Nav
  • Navraj Beats
Born (1989-{{padleft:11|2|0}-03) November 3, 1989 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Origin Rexdale, Ontario
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
Years active 2015–present
Labels
Associated acts

Navraj Singh Goraya (born November 3, 1989), better known by his stage name Nav (stylized as NAV), is a Canadian hip hop recording artist and record producer from Rexdale, Ontario, Canada.<ref>Navraj "Nav" Goraya. "Navraj "Nav" Goraya | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-23. </ref> He is signed to XO and Republic Records.<ref>"Nav Signs Deal With The Weeknd's XO Records - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. </ref><ref>Jona. (2016-07-01). "How We Came To The Conclusion Toronto Rapper Nav Is a Member of The Weeknd’s XO". Made-in-toronto.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. </ref>

Early life

Navraj Singh Goraya is a Canadian hip-hop artist and producer, he was born on November 3, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in the Rexdale district of Ontario. He is of Punjabi descent; his parents decided to settle down in Rexdale after coming from Punjab, India. His mother was a computer manufacturer and his father was a forklift driver.<ref name=":0">"Nav Is the "First Brown Boy to Get It Popping" and His Meteoric Rise Is Far From Over". Complex. Retrieved 2017-10-14. </ref> As a child, he grew up listening to music all day and in third grade, his mother bought him a boom box for Christmas, which quickly became a prized possession. His uncle, who happened to be a popular singer in India, also played a role in inspiring him to get into music; in fact, he was the first person to have brought him to the studio.<ref>Carter, Brooke (2017-08-05). "Nav Net Worth - How Wealthy is the Rapper Now? - The Gazette Review". The Gazette Review. Retrieved 2017-10-19. </ref> He started making music in high school when he saw other kids making mash-up's of popular songs, ultimately sparking his interest in music. He started producing beats for local underground Toronto artists, and became popular on Soundcloud. Goraya first started producing using Sony's ACID Pro software.<ref name=":0" />

Music career

2015–present: Commercial debut

As time went on Goraya saw Canadian artists Drake and The Weeknd become very successful in the music industry from Canada, causing him to take music seriously. In September 2015, he released one of his earliest songs to his SoundCloud account, called "Take Me Simple", which has been listened to over ten million times.<ref>"NAV". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2017-10-19. </ref> In July 2015, Nav contributed production and writing to Drake's diss of Meek Mill, "Back to Back". However, it was not until 2016 that Nav’s work found momentum after "Take Me Simple" and "The Man" was featured on Drake's OVO Sound Radio on Beats 1.<ref>https://genius.com/Drake-ovo-sound-radio-episode-13-tracklist-lyrics</ref><ref>https://genius.com/Drake-ovo-sound-radio-episode-16-tracklist-lyrics</ref> Around that same time, NAV got another feature when reality star Kylie Jenner posted a video on her snapchat lip syncing to Nav’s single called, Myself. In September 2016, Nav collaborated with American rapper Travis Scott on Scott's song "Beibs in the Trap" from his album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, produced and co-written by Nav himself, the song proved to be a major hit as the song peaked at number 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100.<ref name="Beibs" /> This collaboration gave Nav some exposure as a newcomer. By July 2017, “Beibs in the trap” had been called platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with no radio support after selling over a million copies domestically.<ref>"Travis Scott & Nav's "Biebs In The Trap" Just Went Platinum". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2017-10-19. </ref> In February 2017, after signing to XO label and Republic Records Nav produced and co-produced his debut commercial self-titled mixtape, which included by the lead single, "Some Way" featuring The Weeknd. The mixtape included his most hit song till date, Myself. His latest project, Perfect Timing, was released in July 2017. “Perfect Timing” was a collaborative mixtape with Metro Boomin, popular American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. “Perfect Timing” featured many fresh talent like Lil’ Uzi Vert, Offset of Migos, 21 Savage, Playboi Carti and Belly.

Artistry

Growing up, Nav’s favorite artist was Nas, as he states in his interview with complex saying that, “The way he told stories, I could close my eyes and imagine something while he’s rapping. I always wanted to be able to do the same thing.”<ref name=":0" /> Nav’s songs have a drowsy and a melodic style. He speaks in a straightforward way in his music as he openly talks about how he went through depression, struggle, and even a numbness that is so palpable yet so catchy that some of us relate even more to Nav than others. His hit song from the mix-tape “Myself” talks about proving people wrong and overcoming obstacles. Nav does not share much of his personal life in his music. It’s mostly about getting girls, money, and his rise from being poor to becoming rich and having the freedom to do more than he could ever before. On the other hand he also addresses the problems of being popular because now women only want him just for his money.<ref>"Review of Nav's Latest Work, 'Perfect Timing'". Uloop. Retrieved 2017-10-24. </ref> Throughout the breakthrough Nav has realized that people will not be around you when you are doing bad, but once you start doing good everyone wants to start hanging out with you.<ref>"Nav: Meet the Toronto Rapper-Producer Opening the Weeknd's Starboy Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-10-19. </ref>

Controversies

As Nav gained more popularity, the public started to get offended by his usage of the n-word in his songs. But Nav's response to this was that, "Well, it's like, the neighborhood I grew up in is very multicultural, it goes from Chinese to White to Black to Jamaican, everything, right? Everybody uses that word freely." In the beginning, Nav thought he was making music for himself and his friends, but as his music got to the global level, he states in his interview with Complex that, "I started seeing a little bit of backlash, I totally cut it out. I respect it. In my neighborhood it's cool, but out here it's not cool. So I just play by the rules. [On this album], you won’t hear me say it once."<ref name=":0" />

Discography

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
<ref name="CANAlbums">"NAV – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017. </ref>
US
<ref name="US">"NAV – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017. </ref>
US
R&B/HH

<ref>"NAV - Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017. </ref>
US Rap
<ref>"NAV - Chart History: Top Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2017. </ref>
The Introduction
  • Released: September 4, 2016<ref>"Nav-Spotify". Spotify. September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016. </ref>
  • Format: Digital download
  • Labels: XO, Republic
Nav<ref name="Mixtape">"Nav on Twitter". Twitter.com. 2012-11-23. Retrieved March 14, 2017. </ref> 4 24 12 9
Perfect Timing
(with Metro Boomin)<ref>"Nav on Twitter". Twitter.com. 2017-02-22. Retrieved March 14, 2017. </ref>
7 13 7 7

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CAN
<ref name="CAN">"NAV – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 28, 2017. </ref>
US
<ref>"NAV Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017. </ref>
US
Bub.

<ref name="Bubbling">"Chart Search for NAV (Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles) | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017. </ref>
US
R&B/HH

<ref name="R&B">"NAV – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017. </ref>
"Some Way"<ref>"Some Way (feat. The Weeknd) - Single by NAV on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved February 22, 2017. </ref>
(featuring The Weeknd)
2017 31 1 38 Nav
"Myself"<ref>Template:Citeweb</ref> —<ref group="upper-alpha"></ref>
"Call Me"<ref>"Call Me - Single by NAV & Metro Boomin on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 14, 2017. </ref>
(with Metro Boomin)
65 25 —<ref group="upper-alpha"></ref> Perfect Timing
"Perfect Timing (Intro)"<ref>"Perfect Timing (Intro) - Single by NAV & Metro Boomin on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 14, 2017. </ref>
(with Metro Boomin)
89
"Wanted You"
(featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
33 64 27 TBA

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
<ref name="CAN-singles-2">"Travis Scott – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 21, 2016. </ref>
US
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US
R&B
/HH

<ref>using Billboard ID with invalid artist%5d%5d/%5b%5b:Template:BillboardEncode/T%5d%5d/chart?f=367 "Travis Scott – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" Check |url= value (help). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2016. </ref>
"Beibs in the Trap"<ref>"Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2017-02-23. </ref>
(Travis Scott featuring Nav)
2016 52 90 38 Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
"Minute"
(with Metro Boomin featuring Offset and Playboi Carti)
2017 76 —<ref group="upper-alpha"></ref> —<ref group="upper-alpha"></ref> Perfect Timing
"A$AP Ferg"
(with Metro Boomin featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
88

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Re Up"<ref>"Inzombia by Belly on Apple Music - iTunes". Retrieved November 11, 2016. </ref> 2016 Belly Inzombia
"What Do You Do” 2017 ASAP Ferg Still Striving

Production discography

2015

Drake

2016

Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight

2017

Nav – Nav

  • 01. "Myself"
  • 02. "NAV" (produced with DannyBoyStyles)
  • 03. "My Mind"
  • 04. "Good for It"
  • 05. "Lonely" (produced with Rex Kudo)
  • 06. "Up" (produced with Metro Boomin)
  • 07. "Interlude"
  • 08. "Sleep"
  • 09. "Mariah" (produced with Rex Kudo)
  • 10. "Some Way" (featuring The Weeknd)
  • 11. "TTD"

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  • 08. "Save You" (produced with Ben Billions)

Nav – Perfect Timing

  • 04. "A$AP Ferg" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) (produced with Metro Boomin)
  • 05. "Held Me Down" (produced with Metro Boomin and Cubeatz)
  • 06. "Minute" (featuring Playboi Carti and Offset) (produced with Metro Boomin and Pi'erre Bourne)
  • 11. "You Know" (featuring Belly) (produced with Metro Boomin)
  • 12. "Rich" (produced with Metro Boomin)
  • 14. "I Am" (produced with Metro Boomin and DannyBoyStyles)
  • 15. "NavUziMetro#Pt2" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) (produced with Metro Boomin and Trouble Trouble)

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  • 08. "Get to You" (produced with Metro Boomin and Southside)

Gucci ManeMr. Davis

  • 06. "Curve" (featuring The Weeknd) (produced with Frost)

Notes

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References

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External links

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