Sunday, December 17, 2017

Music: NAV - Myself ( The Changing Face of Hip-Hop )



In a changing Hip-Hop scene with rappers like lil Uzi, lil Xan, XXXtentacion etc., NAV is a perfect addition to the new generation squad. Although a lot of old Hip-Hop heads haven't still wrapped their heads around the new wave of unique Hip-Hop sounds, deep "emo" lyrics and crazy outfits, the younger generation is firmly holding onto the new wave.
I randomly discovered NAV on my Spotify playlist and absolutely loved his song Myself - not necessarily because of the lyrics but because of chilled vibes it gives off. His songs consist of "atmospheric synths, loosely-sung melodies, vapid lyrics, and mile-a-minute drug references" (hotnewhiphop.com). Cheers to change and progress!

The artist: 
Navraj Singh Goraya (born November 3, 1989), better known by his stage name Nav (stylized as NAV), is a Canadian hip hop recording artist and record producer from Rexdale, Ontario, Canada. He is signed to XO and Republic Records.
Growing up, Nav’s favorite artist was Nas, as he states in his interview with complex saying that, “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.” Nav’s songs have a drowsy and a melodic style. He speaks in a straightforward way in his music as he openly talks about how he went through depression, struggle, and even a numbness that is so palpable yet so catchy that some of us relate even more to Nav than others. His hit song from the mix-tape “Myself” talks about proving people wrong and overcoming obstacles. Nav does not share much of his personal life in his music. It’s mostly about getting girls, money, and his rise from being poor to becoming rich and having the freedom to do more than he could ever before. On the other hand he also addresses the problems of being popular because now women only want him just for his money. Throughout the breakthrough Nav has realized that people will not be around you when you are doing bad, but once you start doing good everyone wants to start hanging out with you.
Source: (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav_(rapper))


Lyrics 
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[Chorus]
Drivin' solo, I'm just swervin' through my ends
When I'm sober I just don't like who I am
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again
I'ma break every box they try to put me in
I got a lot of enemies who used to be my friends
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again


[Verse 1]
I was sober for an hour but I'm rollin' off a bean now
The drugs, they give me confidence, I'm sayin' what I mean now

The xannies help me slow up, the lean it help me speed down
Ballin', yeah I'm ballin', I won't hit it if she beat now
Callin', yeah she callin', your bitch got me on the speed dial

Driving through the Rex I look at faces don't see no smiles
It's grimy in the 6, who can I trust? I'll never know now
Sprite is extra dark now, my doggie in the dog pound
They say I'm on the come up, but I've been on the come down
See me doin' good, they start to hate, that's how it goes now
I don't know why they mad at me, I always stay ten toes down
Drivin' through my city by myself, that's how I roll now


[Chorus]
Drivin' solo, I'm just swervin' through my ends
When I'm sober I just don't like who I am
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again
I'ma break every box they try to put me in
I got a lot of enemies who used to be my friends
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again


[Verse 2]
I remember being a kid my teachers told me I wouldn't be shit
Diamonds in my pinky, look like water, make me seasick
Never had no help so don't approach me on some free shit
Did this by myself so why the fuck would I do a remix?

His bitch gave me top, don't want the pussy, he can keep it
Money and the power, fuck respect 'cause I don't need it
Drivin' to the west, I popped a bean and now I'm speedin'
Know some people in the 6 that dissed me for no reason
Sending shots, they sendin' shots, on road I never see them
Taking Ls, they takin' Ls, I never wanna be them
Got your bitch beside me, she just asked me what a bean is
Put her number in my phone, and you know I delete it


[Chorus]
Drivin' solo, I'm just swervin' through my ends
When I'm sober I just don't like who I am
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again
I'ma break every box they try to put me in
I got a lot of enemies who used to be my friends
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again


[Outro]
Drivin' solo, I'm just swervin' through my ends
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
I'ma break every box they try to put me in
Pour me up a 4 and I'll feel like myself again
Roll me up some dope and I'll feel like myself again


Drivin' solo, I'm just swervin' through my ends
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