Introducing, NAV – your new favourite artist, with ties to The Weeknd & the XO family.
Born and raised in the Toronto district of Rexdale, Ontario, NAV got his start like many – on the popular music streaming site, Soundcloud. Having amassed 260k followers on his platform, NAV’s music was getting noticed by some influential people including celebs such as Kylie Jenner and Post Malone. Both stars were showing their interest publicly, as well as Drake‘s OVO Sound Radio camp & crew.
One of Drake’s core producers, 40, was an early supporter of NAV’s music. Tweeting out the songs:
Nav – Myselfhttps://t.co/HKMpuKoSQu
— 40 (@40oz_VAN) January 26, 2016
NAV – TTD (Ten Toes Down)https://t.co/DAZL5Yl3Yh
— 40 (@40oz_VAN) January 25, 2016
One of NAV’s earlier accomplishments was also getting a nod from OVO Sound Radio.
— Nav (@beatsbynav) January 17, 2016
With all the attention pouring in, it didn’t take long for The Weeknd‘s camp to start turing their heads in his direction. The Weeknd’s Manager, Cash, took an interest in the Rexdale native and soon a deal was brought to the table.
NAV was signed to XO & Republic Records, and officially dropped his first single under the label with a strong feature from The Weeknd. Have a listen to “Some Way” featuring the Starboy himself.
NAV – “Some Way” ft. The Weeknd
NAV has also been busy working on other projects besides his own. One that might be a stand out for some was his involvement with Travis Scott‘s track “Biebs in the Trap.” NAV sings the hook on this track and was heavily involved with the song’s production. You can check him out in the video too!
You might have also missed NAV’s cameo in The Weeknd‘s “Reminder” music vid. Check in at 1:45,
It’s crazy how far he’s come, and we can only see him blowing up even more. In fact, NAV just dropped his self-titled debut mixtape, which you can stream below!
NAV – NAV
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