Perfect Timing (mixtape)

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Perfect Timing
PerfectTimingNavMetroBoomin.jpg
Mixtape by
ReleasedJuly 21, 2017
Recorded2016–2017
Genre
Length55:25
Label
Producer
Nav chronology
Nav
(2017)
Perfect Timing
(2017)
Reckless
(2018)
Metro Boomin chronology
Savage Mode
(2016)
Perfect Timing
(2017)
Without Warning
(2017)
Singles from Perfect Timing
  1. "Perfect Timing (Intro)"/"Call Me"
    Released: July 14, 2017
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX2.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork4.8/10[3]
Spectrum Culture2/5 stars [4]

Perfect Timing is a collaborative mixtape by Canadian rapper and record producer Nav and American record producer Metro Boomin. It was released on July 21, 2017, by Boominati Worldwide, XO and Republic Records.[5] The mixtape contains production from Metro Boomin, Nav, Pi'erre Bourne, and Southside, and features guest appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, Offset, 21 Savage, Nav's fellow labelmate Belly, and Gucci Mane. It was supported by two singles: "Perfect Timing (Intro)" and "Call Me".

Background[edit]

Before Perfect Timing was released, Nav and Metro Boomin both produced the former's song "Up", from his self-titled debut mixtape and first project (2017).

On July 21, 2017, the same day the mixtape was released, Nav sat down for an interview with Paul Thompson of Complex. He described it as "more serious" and it features instrumentals that are different than those of what Metro Boomin regularly produces. Explaining his decision to emotionally rap about women, he explained that "you don't know who's fake and who's real" and "especially with girls: they could do anything for me and there's still that kind of guard up".[6]

Release and promotion[edit]

Initially announced in early 2017, the artwork and release date was unveiled on July 12, 2017.[7] Two days later, the songs "Perfect Timing (Intro)" and "Call Me" were released as singles on July 14, 2017.

Commercial performance[edit]

Perfect Timing debuted at number 13 on the US Billboard 200 earning 30,000 album-equivalent units with 6,000 in pure album sales in its first week. In its second week, the album fell to number 24 on the chart selling 15,000 units, bringing its two-week total to 45,000 units.[8][9] On September 8, 2020, the mixtape was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Scott Glaysher of HipHopDX did not like Nav's vocals on any song from Perfect Timing, but he praised the instrumentals that were created by Metro Boomin and some other fellow record producers on some songs.[2] Writing for Pitchfork, Jay Balfour said that the project shows that "Nav is empty as he ever was, lyrically especially" and the "brooding, soft-synthed trap" instrumentals created by Metro "would be in familiar and more capable hands if the guests were alone with them, but they aren’t enough of a saving grace".[3] Spectrum Culture's Daniel Bromfield opined that Nav "has proved himself nothing more than Pandora filler, providing nothing but rap in a pinch" and Metro "should have should have blown this one up a little more" to make it more upbeat.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[11]

Perfect Timing[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Perfect Timing (Intro)"2:57
2."I Don't Care"
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin4:26
3."Hit"
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
  • Luellen
  • Metro Boomin
  • Southside
2:50
4."ASAP Ferg" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
  • Metro Boomin
  • Nav
4:17
5."Held Me Down"
3:48
6."Minute" (featuring Playboi Carti and Offset)
4:25
7."Did You See Nav?"
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
  • K. Gomringer
  • T. Gomringer
  • Metro Boomin
  • Cubeatz[a]
3:37
8."Bring It Back"
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
Metro Boomin3:09
9."Both Sides" (featuring 21 Savage)
Metro Boomin3:29
10."Call Me"
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
  • Esmailian
Metro Boomin3:35
11."You Know" (featuring Belly)
Metro Boomin3:29
12."Rich"
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
  • Metro Boomin
  • Nav
3:47
13."Need Some" (featuring Gucci Mane)
  • Metro Boomin
  • Cubeatz[a]
3:02
14."I Am"
4:13
15."NavUziMetro#Pt2" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
  • Goraya
  • Wayne
  • Woods
  • Jordan Bacchus
  • Metro Boomin
  • Nav
  • Trouble Trouble
4:21
Total length:55:25
Perfect Timing - CD Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
16."Up"3:20
Total length:59:45

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • "ASAP Ferg" is stylized as "A$AP Ferg"
  • "Did You See Nav?" is stylized as "Did You See NAV?"
  • "NavUziMetro#Pt2" is stylized in all-caps

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[11]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold 40,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NAV And Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing".
  2. ^ a b Glaysher, Scott (August 2, 2017). "NAV & Metro Boomin's "Perfect Timing" Boasts Beats — But Certainly Not Bars". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Balfor, Jay (August 2, 2017). "Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Bromfield, Daniel (August 6, 2017). "Spectrum Culture Review". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Metro Boomin And NAV Announce Release Date For Perfect Timing Project". The Fader. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Nav Is the "First Brown Boy to Get It Popping" and His Meteoric Rise Is Far From Over". Complex. July 21, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Metro Boomin Reveals Release Date for 'Perfect Timing' Project With NAV". XXL. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "HITS Daily Double". Hits Daily Double. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "HITS Daily Double : Rumour Mill – CHART STORY: LUST CONQUERS ALL". Hits Daily Double. July 28, 2017. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  10. ^ a b "American album certifications – Nav – Perfect Timing". Recording Industry Association of America.
  11. ^ a b "Perfect Timing / NAV TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  12. ^ "Perfect Timing by NAV on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Perfect Timing Out Now!!! I mixed tracks 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,12,14 & 15 I also recorded Held Me Down, You Know & Rich Mastered by @jlaportamasters". Instagram. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – NAV and Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  15. ^ "NAV Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – NAV and Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  17. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 30, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 31, 2017. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  20. ^ "NAV Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  21. ^ "NAV Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  22. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  23. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Nav & Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing". Music Canada.