Navraj Singh Goraya (also known as NAV) was born on November 3, 1989. He is a famous and talented Canadian rapper, record producer, and singer. NAV started his career as a producer and co-produced Drake’s single ‘Back to Back’ in 2015. He came to mainstream attention in 2016 when his song ‘Myself’ went viral. Then, the rapper signed to The Weeknd’s label XO Records and Republic Records, managed by label managers Amir “Cash” Esmailian and Wassim “Sal” Slaiby. Today we will celebrate his birthday with interesting facts about his life right here!
Born on November 3, 1989, in Rexdale, Ontario, Navraj Singh Goraya comes from a family of Punjabi Sikh Indian immigrants from Punjab, India. NAV’s mother worked in computer manufacturing, and his father was a forklift operator. The rapper became interested in music after he was given a boombox when he was in the third grade. But music seems to run in his blood because his uncle was also a famous Punjabi singer in India. NAV started doing mash-ups in high school and producing beats for Toronto underground artists, becoming very popular on the SoundCloud platform. He attended West Humber Junior Middle School and Thistletown Collegiate Institute during high school, where he had to spend an additional year to graduate. When he finished high school, he attended and graduated from Metalworks Institute in 2010 with a degree in Audio Production and Engineering.
In mid-2015, NAV co-produced the single ‘Back to Back’ by fellow countryman Drake. A few months later, he released one of his first songs on his SoundCloud account, ‘Take Me Simple,’ which reached over 10 million plays. The following year, his song ‘The Man,’ was played on Drake’s OVO Sound Radio. In the same year, he released the song ‘Myself,’ his biggest song at the time on SoundCloud. This earned him numerous co-signs, including internet personality Kylie Jenner. After these songs, the talented musician signed with XO and Republic Records.
On September 2, 2016, NAV participated in Travis Scott’s song ‘Beibs in the Trap.’ NAV co-authored, executive produced and appeared in the song’s music video. It reached number 90 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in July of the following year and was certified twice platinum by the R.I.A.A. for having sold over two million copies.
Why We Love Nav
He loves fashion
And he doesn't hide it from anyone. He is passionate about sneakers; his favorite is the Nike Airmax 97.
The Weeknd is his friend
He and The Weeknd are very close friends. They often play basketball together.
He’s a representative
He's the first Indian man to take off in the rap scene. It makes people feel represented, and that's very important.
5 Surprising Facts
His early beginnings
NAV's first productions were made when his uncle took him to the studio.
His first performance
His first live performance was alongside The Weeknd.
His successive hits
He was one of the few artists to have five songs in the Soundcloud Top 50 simultaneously.
He is favored by The Weeknd
NAV was a special guest on The Weeknd’s 2017 Starboy Tour.
How he chooses his partners
He only collaborates with an artist if their music is perfect for his style.
Are NAV and Drake friends?
They’re not just co-workers, they’re really good friends.
Does NAV use autotune?
NAV has mentioned that he uses autotune sometimes.
Does NAV make his own beats?
Yes, he makes his own beats.
Nav’s birthday dates