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Nav
Birth name Navraj Singh Goraya
Also known as
  • Nav
  • Beats by Nav
  • Navraj Beats
Born (1989-11-03) November 3, 1989 (age 28)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.[1] He is signed to XO and Republic Records.[2][3]

Early life

Navraj Singh Goraya was born on November 3, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario and was raised in the city's Rexdale neighbourhood. He is of Punjabi descent; his parents were born in Punjab, India. His mother was a computer manufacturer and his father was a forklift driver.[4] Goraya first became interested in music after his mother bought him a boombox in the third grade,[5] his uncle, who was a popular singer in India, also brought him to a studio.[6] He began making mash-ups in high school and producing beats for local underground Toronto artists, and became popular on SoundCloud. Goraya first started producing using Sony's ACID Pro software.[4]

Music career

2015–present: Commercial debut

In September 2015, Nav released one of his earliest songs to his SoundCloud account, called "Take Me Simple", which has been listened to over ten million times;[7] in July 2015, Nav contributed production and writing to Drake's diss of Meek Mill, "Back to Back". In 2016, "Take Me Simple" and "The Man" were featured on Drake's OVO Sound Radio on Beats 1.[8][9]

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, which Nav also co-wrote and co-produced. It peaked at number 90 on the US Billboard Hot 100,[10] and by July 2017, had been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) after selling over a million copies domestically.[11] In February 2017, after signing to the 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 "Myself".

Nav released the collaboration mixtape, Perfect Timing with producer Metro Boomin on July 21, 2017,[12] the lead single from the album, "Call Me", peaked at 89 on the Canadian Hot 100. Nav released the single "Wanted You" featuring Lil Uzi Vert on November 3, 2017, the single is Nav's first as a lead artist to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

He received a Juno Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018.[13]

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with year released
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[14]
US
[15]
US
R&B/HH

[16]
US Rap
[17]
Reckless[18] 5 8 5 5

Mixtapes

List of mixtapes, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
CAN
[14]
US
[15]
US
R&B/HH

[16]
US Rap
[17]
The Introduction
  • Released: September 4, 2016[20]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Labels: Self-released (initial); XO, Republic (re-release)
Nav[21]
  • Released: February 24, 2017[22]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Labels: XO, Republic
4 24 12 9
Perfect Timing[23]
(with Metro Boomin)
  • Released: July 21, 2017[24]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Labels: Boominati, XO, Republic
7 13 7 7
Perfect Timing 2[18]
(with Metro Boomin)
  • To be released: TBA
  • Labels: Boominati, XO, Republic
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[25]
US
[26]
US
Bub.

[27]
US
R&B/HH

[28]
"Some Way"[29]
(featuring The Weeknd)
2017 31 1 38 Nav
"Myself"[31] [A]
"Perfect Timing (Intro)"[34]
(with Metro Boomin)
89 Perfect Timing
"Call Me"[35]
(with Metro Boomin)
65 25 [B]
"Wanted You"
(featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
33 64 27 Reckless
"Freshman List"[36] 2018 49
"Champion"[37]
(featuring Travis Scott)
47 86 43
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
CAN
[25][38]
US
[10][26]
US
R&B
/HH

[28][39]
"Beibs in the Trap"[40]
(Travis Scott featuring Nav)
2016 52 90 38
  • RIAA: Platinum[41]
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
"Minute"
(with Metro Boomin featuring Offset and Playboi Carti)
2017 76 [C] [D] Perfect Timing
"ASAP Ferg"
(with Metro Boomin featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
88
"Faith"
(featuring Quavo)
2018 72 Reckless
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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" 2016 Belly Inzombia
"What Do You Do" 2017 ASAP Ferg Still Striving
"Bali"[42] 88Glam 88Glam
"Phone"[43] Smokepurpp TBA
"Car Sick" 2018 Gunna Drip Season 3
"Dance for Me" Tory Lanez Memories Don't Die
"Maintain"[44] Belly Midnight Zone
"Bali (Remix)" 88Glam, 2 Chainz 88Glam Reloaded

Production discography

2015

Drake

2016

Travis ScottBirds in the Trap Sing McKnight

2017

Nav – Nav

  • 1. "Myself"
  • 2. "Nav" (produced with DannyBoyStyles)
  • 3. "My Mind"
  • 4. "Good for It"
  • 5. "Lonely" (produced with Rex Kudo)
  • 6. "Up" (produced with Metro Boomin)
  • 7. "Interlude"
  • 8. "Sleep"
  • 9. "Mariah" (produced with Rex Kudo)
  • 10. "Some Way" (featuring The Weeknd)
  • 11. "TTD"

Kodak BlackPainting Pictures

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

Nav – Perfect Timing

  • 4. "ASAP Ferg" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) (produced with Metro Boomin)
  • 5. "Held Me Down" (produced with Metro Boomin and Cubeatz)
  • 6. "Minute" (featuring Playboi Carti and Offset) (produced with Metro Boomin and Pi'erre Bourne)
  • 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)

A Boogie wit da HoodieThe Bigger Artist

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

Gucci ManeMr. Davis

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

2018

GunnaDrip Season 3

  • 10. "Car Sick" (featuring Nav and Metro Boomin) (produced with Metro Boomin)

Nav – Reckless

  • 1. "Reckless" (produced with DannyBoyStyles)
  • 2. "Never Change" (produced with DannyBoyStyles)
  • 4. "Faith" (produced with Trouble Trouble)
  • 6. "Glow Up" (produced with DannyBoyStyles)
  • 7. "Just Happened" (produced with DannyBoyStyles and Bobby Raps)
  • 9. "With Me" (produced with Ben Billions)

Jay-Z & BeyoncéEverything Is Love

  • 6. "Friends" (produced with Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Boi-1da, Sweet, and Sevn Thomas)

Tours

Headlining

  • Freshman Tour (2018)[46]

Notes

  1. ^ "Myself" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number five on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[32]
  2. ^ "Call Me" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number three on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[32]
  3. ^ "Minute" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 21 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[27]
  4. ^ "Minute" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[32]

References

  1. ^ Navraj "Nav" Goraya. "Navraj "Nav" Goraya | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Nav Signs Deal With The Weeknd's XO Records - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b "Nav Is the "First Brown Boy to Get It Popping" and His Meteoric Rise Is Far From Over". Complex. Retrieved 2017-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Nav: Meet the Toronto Rapper-Producer Opening the Weeknd's Starboy Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  6. ^ Carter, Brooke (2017-08-05). "Nav Net Worth - How Wealthy is the Rapper Now? - The Gazette Review". The Gazette Review. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  7. ^ "NAV". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  8. ^ https://genius.com/Drake-ovo-sound-radio-episode-13-tracklist-lyrics
  9. ^ https://genius.com/Drake-ovo-sound-radio-episode-16-tracklist-lyrics
  10. ^ a b "Travis Scott – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Travis Scott & Nav's "Biebs In The Trap" Just Went Platinum". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  12. ^ "Nav and Metro Boomin Drop 'Perfect Timing' Project - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Arcade Fire and Daniel Caesar lead 2018 Juno Award nominations". CBC Music, February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "NAV Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  15. ^ a b "NAV – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b "NAV Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b "NAV Chart History: Top Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 
  18. ^ a b "Nav Says 'Perfect Timing 2' With Metro Boomin and Debut Album Are Coming Soon". Complex. April 27, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Nav Announces "Reckless" Album Release Date". HotNewHipHop. May 12, 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Nav-Spotify". Spotify. September 4, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2016. 
  21. ^ @beatsbynav (2012-11-23). "This is the track listing for my self..." (Tweet). Retrieved March 14, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  22. ^ @beatsbynav (2017-02-17). "My first mixtape will be dropping Feb..." (Tweet). Retrieved March 14, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  23. ^ @beatsbynav (2017-02-22). "With my bro @MetroBoomin working on..." (Tweet). Retrieved March 14, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  24. ^ "Nav, Metro Boomin Announce "Perfect Timing" Release Date, Is Dropping New Track Tomorrow". HotNewHipHop. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  25. ^ a b "NAV Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
  26. ^ a b "NAV Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  27. ^ a b "Chart Search for NAV (Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles) | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  28. ^ a b "NAV – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Some Way (feat. The Weeknd) – Single by NAV on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b c d e "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved January 29, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic/Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  32. ^ a b c "Chart Search for Nav (Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles) | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  33. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved May 17, 2018. 
  34. ^ "Perfect Timing (Intro) - Single by NAV & Metro Boomin on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Call Me - Single by NAV & Metro Boomin on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  36. ^ Lilah, Rose (March 15, 2018). "Nav Debuts "Freshman List" Single Ahead Of Tour". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 19, 2018. 
  37. ^ "Top 40/R Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved June 15, 2018. 
  38. ^ "Travis Scott – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Travis Scott – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travis Scott on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. 2016-09-02. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  41. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database – Travis Scott". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  42. ^ "88GLAM by 88GLAM on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved February 2, 2018. 
  43. ^ "Phone (feat. NAV) - Single by Smokepurpp on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved February 2, 2018. 
  44. ^ "Maintain (feat. NAV) - Single by Belly on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved April 7, 2018. 
  45. ^ "BMI | Repertoire Search". BMI. 
  46. ^ Huynh, Davis (March 16, 2018). "NAV Announces 2018 'Freshman Tour'". Hypebeast. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 

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