Another Thursday night, means another night of new music in the hip-hop community. New York has made the most noise over Thursday and Friday, due to Lil Tjay releasing new content & 6ix9ine returning to IG Live, as well as unleashing a new single. However, approximately 580 kilometers away, Rexdale, Canada native, NAV, released his new project ‘Good Intentions’. Since 2017, NAV has released at least one studio project every year. Releasing music consistently is one of his best habits. After dropping the album, ‘Bad Habits’, last year, the Canadian rapper has remained in the public eye due to the features on other artist’s songs such as “Shoebox” with Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Gucci Mane, as well as Belly’s “Maintain”.
‘Good Intentions’ is an 18-track album that is executively produced by label-mates and mentors, The Weeknd & Cash. This is the second straight NAV project The Weeknd has executive produced. Out of the 18 songs, there’s only one single, and that is the Wheezy produced “Turks” featuring Travis Scott & Gunna which found success as soon as it dropped back on March 27th. On the instrumentals, Pro Logic received production credits on most of the songs on the project. Other credited producers include Wheezy, Mustard, Money Musik, and Dez Wright among many others. Another thing that NAV excels at is getting the best features on the right tracks.
Guest appearances consist of Future, Travis Scott, Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Lil Durk (who also released an album Thursday night), the late Pop Smoke, and two Young Thug features. Now if you just saw the track-list, you probably would think that the features probably carried NAV, but that’s definitely not the case. On “Codeine”, Gunna’s verse just compliments the NAV sung hook, and the two delivered another solid joint to their two year long catalog. The second collaboration between NAV & the late NY drill rapper, Pop Smoke is “Run It Up”, a track showing how far the two artists came to become successful. On “Status” NAV & Lil Uzi Vert brag about the money, jewelry, and cars they own (Yes, I know these are common topics in hip-hop). On “Saint Laurenttt” you really get a vintage Nav type of feel. Almost like it was recorded in 2016 by how slow the tempo of the track is. “She Hurtin” is the lone love ballad on the album. “My Business” featuring Future is a track you could easily hear on the radio.
NAV is an artist who sometimes gets picked on in the media. Whether it’s about his race, or the fact that his sound is similar to the late Speaker Knockerz, NAV put out another solid piece of work. Ever since he released Reckless back in 2018, which was a musical disaster to say the least, the Rexdale native has been on top of his game musically. Expect the album to do solid numbers as well as chart high on Billboard. Good Intentions is out now on all streaming platforms.