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Perfect Timing Review

Budding Toronto producer turned rapper NAV, has finally released his highly anticipated project with St. Louis producer Metro Boomin.  After the success of his singles Myself, and On My Own catapulted him to stardom.  Many people including myself wondered how he would sound on a full project.  In February he released his self-titled mixtape to mixed reviews.  I praised the production, but the lyrics and songs themselves were mediocre.  When he announced that he was linking up with Metro I was excited because I was a fan of the song they did together titled UP. I didn’t know what to expect on this project but I went in with open ears.

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The project started off slow with Perfect Timing (Intro).  Nav subject matter hasn’t changed from his previous projects. This project is filled with the same mediocre raps about drugs and being lame and now being cool once he acquires fame and money from his last project.  While I’m not opposed to this kind of rap, Nav doesn’t do it particularly well.  Nav lacks the energy or charisma to make up for his lack of substance.  Nav Re-uses the same mid-tempo flow on every track and it gets boring and redundant after a while. Metro does deliver with amazing production on every track but I felt as though Nav could have utilized it better.  There are a few features on Perfect Timing and they all are great, but Nav doesn’t show up to match their energy.

Almost everything about this project is amazing, except for the main artist, Nav.  I felt as though if you took Nav off this whole project it would sound fine.  If you replaced Nav with another artist it would have the potential to be better than this project.  Even with all of my crisiticms I did enjoy a few of the tracks on Perfect Timing. I enjoyed all of the features.  I honestly felt like anyone of the features could have done a better job with a project full of Metro Boomin beats.  This would have been a perfect oppurtunity for Nav to showcase his growth, but overall I just felt like he wasted 15 amazing beats. There were less cringeworthy lines than his previous project but I felt like there is still a lot of room for improvement. But hopefully Nav grows to be a great artist, but the only thing I took away from this project was how amazing a producer Metro is. Perfect Timing had so much potential to be a great project, but it fell flat on it’s face.

Favorite Tracks: Rich, A$AP Ferg, Minute

Score: 1.5/5

What did you think of Perfect Timing? Let me know what you think.

Nav Mixtape Review

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?

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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.

Score: 2/5

Favorite Tracks: Myself, Lonely, Interlude, UP

What did you think of Nav’s album?  Let me know what you think!

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