NAV Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 6,000,000
Real name Navraj Singh Goraya
Source of Wealth Rap career, album sales, concerts, merchandise
Profession Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer
Spouse/Partner Unknown
Date of Birth Nov 3, 1989
Zodiac Scorpio
Age 33
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 172 cm / 5 ft 7 inch
Nationality Canadian - Indian Punjabi Sikh
Siblings Unknown

Biography

Navraj Singh Goraya, better known by his artist name NAV, is a Punjabi-Canadian rapper, songwriter, singer, and producer. He became popular after collaborating with Drake on his 2015 single "Back to Back."[1]

NAV’s music reached a global audience after model and social media personality Kylie Jenner posted a Snapchat story lip-syncing to his song “Myself.”

His net worth is estimated at $6 million.

His music is characterized by hypnotic trap beats and draws inspiration from his contemporaries Drake, Post Malone, and Rae Sremmurd. He’s collaborated with and written for other legendary rappers, such as Metro Boomin, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, Future, and power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

NAV’s latest album with a distinctive title, “Demons Protected by Angels,” flows with “trap beats and sentimental crooning,” as Rolling Stones describes it.[2]

Below, we’ll dive into how this Toronto-native rapper fulfilled his dream of reaching the same heights as fellow Toronto rappers Drake and The Weeknd.

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Early life and rap beginnings

Navraj comes from the Rexdale neighborhood in Toronto, Ontario. His parents are Indian Canadian - Punjabi Sikh, who immigrated to Canada.

NAV’s first experience with music was with a boombox his mother bought him in third grade.

A deciding moment in his early life was his uncle, who was a popular Punjabi singer in India. He first took him to a studio where he started doing mashups and creating beats for local underground rappers. His beats quickly became popular on SoundCloud.

Unlike most rappers, NAV has a formal education in music. He graduated from the post-secondary institution Metalworks Institute and got a diploma in Audio Production and Engineering.

Growing up, his favorite artists were Nas and 50 Cent. In an interview for Complex, he stated, “To be honest, Nas was my favorite artist growing up,” he says. “The way he told stories, I could close my eyes and imagine something while he’s rapping. I always wanted to be able to do the same thing.”

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Music career

NAV started his career in 2015 as a co-producer of Drake’s single "Back to Back." But it was not until 2016 that he released his first song, "Take Me Simple," on his SoundCloud account that he started gaining traction. The song became an instant hit, racking more than ten million listens.

His career took a turn when American media personality Kylie Jenner posted a Snapchat story lip-synching to his song "Myself," which turned his song into a hit.

This boost was key in NAV signing with The Weeknd’s label XO and Republic Records.

The Canadian rapper quickly built his career and grew from an anonymous aspiring artist to an established rapper associated with the biggest names.

One of the most significant moments in NAV’s career was when he produced and was featured in Travis Scott's 2016 song "Beibs in the Trap."

In 2017, NAV released the single "Some Way," which featured fellow Canadian artist The Weeknd. “Myself” and “Some Way” were featured in his debut eponymous mixtape “Nav.”

The same year, the Punjabi-Canadian rapper collaborated with Atlanta-based producer Metro Boomin, which resulted in two singles, "Perfect Timing (Outro)" and "Call Me", featured in their collaborative mixtape, “Perfect Timing.” The mixtape featured famous names such as 21 Savage, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Offset, Belly, and Gucci Mane.

After a stint of amazing collaborations, NAV released his first studio album in 2018 named “Reckless,” which included the song "Wanted You" featuring Lil Uzi Vert, which peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also featured collaborations with Travis Scott, Quavo, and Gunna.

NAV’s debut album peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

In less than a year, in 2019, he topped his first album with his follow-up “Bad Habits,” which peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200.[3]The album featured legendary guest appearances by record label boss, The Weeknd, Meek Mill, Gunna, Young Thug, and Lil Durk.

In 2020, he continued his series of number 1 albums with “Good Intentions.” The album featured his highest-charting song as a lead artist, "Turks", featuring Travis Scott. It continues the roster of famous guest rappers, including Young Thug, Future, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, late rapper Pop Smoke, and other rappers.[4]

After two months, he released the deluxe edition “Brown Boy 2” - a sequel to his unofficial EP, “Brown Boy.”

The same year saw his feature in record label Internet Money’s single “Lemonade” alongside Don Toliver and Gunna. The song peaked at the 6th spot on the Hot 100 and became NAV’s highest-charting song in total.

NAV’s 2022 album “Demons Protected by Angels,” so far concludes his back-to-back number 1 album row, debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.[5]

His 5th studio self-titled album - “Nav 2,” is set to release in 2023.

NAV was nominated for the Juno Award 3 years in a row from 2018 to 2020, in the categories Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Fan Choice, and Rap Recording of the Year.

NAV’s ultimate goal with his music is to show other young Indian people that they can be successful in creative and non-traditional careers.

“There might be a brown kid who paints and isn’t sure, and his parents want him to be a lawyer or something. Not saying that’s bad, but it’s something that he’s not interested in,” said Nav for The Star.[6]“I hope I inspire the brown guys, brown girls, everybody, just to follow their dreams with no fear. Because that’s what I did.”

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Controversies

NAV was heavily criticized for his use of the word “nigga” in his songs "My Mind" and "TTD," among others.

He replied that the neighborhood he grew up in - Rexdale, contained a mixture of different cultures and that everyone used the terms to address each other.[7]

NAV said he frequently used the term to address his friends, but when he started appearing on the global scene, he noticed backlash. Therefore, he decided not to use the term in his songs any longer.

Conclusion

NAV is a Punjabi-Canadian rapper, songwriter, singer, and producer. He is most famous for his collaborations with top-name rappers like Drake, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott.

NAV’s career is a fascinating story of a young Indian boy who dreamt of being successful like fellow Canadian rappers and fulfills his dream.

The Punjabi-Canadian rapper has three No. 1 albums in a row, and his trap beats are considered a refreshment on the rap scene. NAV’s net worth is estimated at $6 million.

References

  1. Nav (rapper) (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav_(rapper) (Accessed: December 13, 2022). 

  2. Buford, J. (2022) Love Him or Hate Him, NAV Works Harder Than Anyone Else, Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Available at: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/nav-new-album-interview-1234589091/ (Accessed: December 13, 2022). 

  3. Reckless (NAV album) (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reckless_(Nav_album) (Accessed: December 13, 2022). 

  4. Nav Biography, Songs, & Albums (no date) AllMusic. Available at: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/nav-mn0003569704/biography (Accessed: December 13, 2022). 

  5. Demons Protected by Angels (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demons_Protected_by_Angels (Accessed: December 13, 2022). 

  6. Hamilton, G.G. (2020) Canadian-Indian Rapper NAV Followed His Dreams to Back-to-Back No. 1 Albums, TheStar.com. Toronto Star. Available at: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/2020/05/22/canadian-indian-rapper-nav-followed-his-dreams-to-back-to-back-no-1-albums.html (Accessed: December 13, 2022). 

  7. NAV Says He's Done Using the N-Word in His Music (no date) Genius. Available at: https://genius.com/a/nav-says-he-s-done-using-the-n-word-in-his-music (Accessed: December 13, 2022).