Nav is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Toronto, Ontario. Nav began his career as a producer, and co-produced fellow Canadian rapper Drake’s single “Back to Back” in 2015. His studio studio album ”Bad Habits” ranked number one on the US Billboard 200. In 2020, Nav released “Turks” with Gunna and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Navraj Singh Goraya was born on November 03, 1989 in Toronto, Ontario, and was raised in Rexdale.
Nav family is from the northern state of Punjab in India and his father operated a forklift and her mother was involved in computer manufacturing.
Nav did his schooling from Thistletown Collegiate Institute, Toronto and completed his diploma from Metalworks Institute, Mississauga in Audio Production and Engineering.
Goraya first became interested in music after his mother bought him a boombox in the third grade.
His uncle was also a popular singer in Punjab and brought him to a studio, later 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.
Nav began his career as a producer, and co-produced fellow Canadian rapper Drake’s single ”Back to Back” in 2015.
Later, he gained mainstream attention in 2016 when his song “Myself” which went viral and he is also signed to Canadian singer the Weeknd’s record label XO Records and Republic Records.
Nav released his self-titled debut mixtape, as well as his collaborative mixtape ”Perfect Timing” with American record producer Metro Boomin in 2017.
Nav released his debut studio album ”Reckless” in 2018 and second studio album ”Bad Habits” in 2019 which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200.
In 2020, Nav released his highest-charting song as a lead artist “Turks” with Gunna, featuring Travis Scott, which debuted and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It serves as the lead single to his third studio album ”Good Intentions” (2020), which was released later and then became his second number-one album on the US Billboard 200.
Soon, he released its deluxe edition titled Brown Boy 2 which is also a sequel of his unofficial EP titled Brown Boy (2019), which Cash published on Audiomack a week before Bad Habits.
He then earned his highest-charting song in total from his feature alongside American rapper and singer ”Don Toliver” on record label Internet Money and Gunna’s single “Lemonade”, which eventually peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100.
In June 2017, Nav had received backlash from some members of his musical audience for continuously using the word “nigga” in his songs such as on “My Mind”, “TTD”, and other songs.
In an interview, Nav stated that the neighborhood he grew up in of Rexdale is very multicultural and commonly used among his friends, but later stated that he would no longer use this term in his music anymore.