2019 studio album by Nav

Bad Habits is the second studio album by Canadian rapper Nav. It was released on March 22, 2019, by XO Records and Republic Records.[3] It follows his previous album, Reckless, released earlier in 2018, as well as his Brown Boy EP, released a week before Bad Habits.

The album features guest appearances from Meek Mill, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Gunna, Lil Durk, Future, and 88Glam .[4] The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming Nav’s first US chart-topping album.

Background[edit]

On March 17, 2019, CashXO released NAV’s Brown Boy EP which consisted of 5 tracks exclusively on Audiomack announced the album’s title and release date.[3]

The cover art was revealed via Instagram on March 19, 2019, with the tracklist on March 21, 2019.[5]

A track titled “Habits” featuring Lil Uzi Vert was supposed to be released on the album.[6] According to Nav, the heads of Lil Uzi Vert’s label, DJ Drama and Don Cannon, would not legally clear Lil Uzi Vert’s verse.[7] In a statement to Complex, DJ Drama said, “It’s not about the money because we turned down $100k.”[8]

On March 25, 2019, the deluxe version of Bad Habits was released, which included featured new guest appearances from Future and 88Glam, and all the songs from the Brown Boy EP.[9] The originally unreleased track “Habits” which was supposed to feature Lil Uzi Vert, was also released as a solo version.[10] According to Nav, he recorded Lil Uzi Vert’s verse himself and put it on the song.

Singles[edit]

The album’s lead single, “Know Me”, was released for digital download on November 2, 2018. The song was produced by Pro Logic and Austin Powerz.[11] The music video was released on November 8, 2018. The music video was directed by David Camarena.[12] The song peaked at number sixty-three on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100.[13]

“Tap”, featuring American rapper Meek Mill, was released as the second single on May 7, 2019.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

Bad Habits received mixed reviews from music critics, citing a lack of boldness and originality. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 52, based on 4 reviews, indicating “mixed or average” reviews.[15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Bad Habits debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 82,000 album-equivalent units, of which 24,000 were pure album sales in its first week. The reason for the high sales are mostly due to merchandise bundles which resulted in about 20,000 extra sales.[21] The became Nav’s first US number-one album.[21] The album also accumulated a total of 79.08 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs, making it the most streamed album of the week.[21] In its second week, the album dropped to number six on the chart, earning an additional 35,000 units that week.[22] On May 20, 2020, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units.[23]

In Nav’s home country of Canada, Bad Habits debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 10,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.[24] On June 26, 2019, the album was certified gold by Music Canada (MC) for sales of over 40,000 copies in Canada.[25]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[26]

17. “Amazing” (featuring Future) Tay Keith 2:18
18. “Habits” 3:24
19. “Rack in My Sleep” (featuring 88Glam) 1K 2:40
20. “Go to Hell” 2:07
21. “8 to a 4”
  • Goraya
  • Bacchus
  • Bhangal
  • S. Henry
  • Trouble Trouble
  • Money Musik
  • Frost
2:45
22. “Never Know”
  • Nav
  • Trouble Trouble
  • Money Musik
4:01
23. “OK” (featuring Lil Durk)
  • Goraya
  • Banks
  • Bhangal
  • S. Henry
2:49
24. “Athlete”
  • Goraya
  • Schofield
  • Bacchus
  • Bhangal
  • S. Henry
  • Nav
  • DannyBoyStyles
  • Trouble Trouble
  • Money Musik
  • Frost
3:01
Total length: 70:39

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited co-producer
  • “Go to Hell”, “8 to a 4”, “Never Know”, “OK”, and “Athlete” were originally from Nav’s Brown Boy EP, that his manager Cash leaked a week and a day before this album’s release

Personnel[edit]

All programming and keyboards are credited to the producers of each track, except where noted.[26]

Musicians

  • WondaGurl – keyboards (track 2), programming (track 2)
  • Money Musik – keyboards (track 3, 5, 7–9, 11–15, 21–24), programming (track 3, 5, 7–9, 11–15, 21–24)
  • London on da Track – keyboards (track 4), programming (track 4)
  • Mixx – keyboards (track 10), programming (track 10)
  • Pro Logic – programming (track 16)
  • Austin Powerz – programming (track 16)
  • Wheezy – programming (track 1)
  • Frost -keyboards (track 5, 7, 11, 14, 21, 23-24) programming (track 5, 7, 11, 14, 21, 23-24)
  • Mike Michael – keyboards (all tracks)

Technical

  • Pro Logic – mixing (all tracks), engineer (track 16)
  • Trouble Trouble – engineer (tracks 2, 3, 7, 14, 17)
  • Shin Kamiyama – engineer (tracks 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 18)
  • AlexOnWeed – engineer (track 19)
  • Ethan Stevens – engineer (track 20)
  • Mixx – engineer (track 10)
  • Chemist – engineer (track 24)
  • Chris Athens – mastering (all tracks)

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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