Toronto producer turned rapper Nav, has been bubbling over the past year. Remaining fairly mysterious,he released tracks on soundcloud amassing millions of plays. Catching the ears of The Weeknd, Nav has inked a deal with XO and Republic Records. After months of being quiet he has released his debut mixtape. Did Nav deliver a proper debut or does he have some work to do?
At first listen I was ecstatic, to hear an artist go from relatively unknown to his first official mixtape. The more I listened however to dislike the project. While I must say the production is the only thing I constantly enjoyed each listen. The moody, atmospheric production is impressive, but became old by the end of the tape. After a while the sound becomes redundant and boring, some variety would have been nice. All to often I found myself checking the song to see if it was over or not. Nav’s songs are great as singles, but as a; the whole project it didn’t come together well. It felt like Nav was beating me over the head with references to lean, molly, xans , and weed, like I get it you do drugs. Some of the most cringe worthy lines this of the year are on this project, I think my nuts look better on her face, Like 2k player mode I had to recreate myself, Told that bitch I’m Mike Tyson I don’t bite ears, These pussies acting like toilets they wanna take my shit, Like I work for Best Buy I got them tablets, the list goes on. Lines like this make me question my sanity. Like how do you come up with shit like this, so no one was in the studio to tell Nav, Aye bro you should re-do that. Whoever let this fly should be RKO’ed off a building.
The project just sounds like one big song. Nav’s skill as a producer are good, but his rapping ability is stagnant, repetitive flows and the constant reuse of songs makes it hard for me to take him seriously. There is only so much of hearing about drugs, money, and fake love that I can take. I would really appreciate if Nav switched up the flow or subject matter at some point. Hearing the same repetitive flow and mundane lyrics for 35 minutes is not the wave. Nothing stands out from his previous songs he released. This project gives me the impression he just threw a bunch of songs he had in his laptop and just put them in a random playlist and released it to the public. While there were a few songs I liked on the project, majority of this was mediocre. This is Nav’s first project, so he has plenty of time to improve on his sound and get better.
Favorite Tracks: Myself, Lonely, Interlude, UP
What did you think of Nav’s album? Let me know what you think!