Reckless (Nav album)

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Reckless
Nav – Reckless.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 18, 2018 (2018-05-18)
Length40:02
Label
Producer
  • Amir "Cash" Esmailian (exec.)
  • Nav (also exec.)
  • Ben Billions
  • Bobby Raps
  • Charlie Handsome
  • DaHeala
  • DannyBoyStyles
  • Foreign Teck
  • Maaly Raw
  • OZ
  • Rex Kudo
  • Trouble Trouble
  • Turbo
  • Wheezy
Nav chronology
Perfect Timing
(2017)
Reckless
(2018)
Perfect Timing 2
(TBA)
Singles from Reckless
  1. "Wanted You"
    Released: November 3, 2017
  2. "Freshman List"
    Released: March 16, 2018
  3. "Champion"
    Released: June 26, 2018

Reckless (stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by Canadian rapper Nav. It was released on May 18, 2018 by XO Records and Republic Records.[1] The album features guest appearances from Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Gunna.[2] It features production from Nav himself, Wheezy, Ben Billions, Rex Kudo, Charlie Handsome, and Foreign Teck, among others.

Background[edit]

Nav commented on the album during an interview with Tim Westwood, detailing that he's more involved than ever in the production process, continuing with the expectation of some big features with "no wack artists".[3]

On April 27, 2018, the album's title was announced via Twitter.[4]

During his night show in Houston, he revealed the album's release date, stating:

The cover art and tracklist for the album was revealed via Instagram on May 16, 2018.[6]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "Wanted You" featuring Lil Uzi Vert, was released for digital download on November 3, 2017. The song was produced by Ben Billions.[7] The music video was released on January 11, 2018. The music video was directed by Rough Sketchz.[8] The song peaked at number sixty-four on the Billboard Hot 100.[9]

The album's second single, "Freshman List", was released on March 16, 2018. The song was produced by Rex Kudo and Charlie Handsome.[10]

The album's third single, "Champion" featuring Travis Scott, was sent to rhythmic contemporary radio on June 26, 2018.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
DJBooth(unfavourable)[12]
HotNewHipHop56%[13]
Pitchfork5.3/10[14]

Reckless received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Alphonse Pierre of Pitchfork stated that "Nav is whining, hiding behind braggadocio and making it an album that brings the listener down to the same place as the should be hitmaker."[14] Online hip hop publication HotNewHipHop commented that "Without any sort of reconciliation with his demons, the album becomes a one-side therapy session and we, the listeners, don't get compensated enough to want to hold his hand as he figures himself out."[13] Yoh Phillips of DJBooth wrote that "the production is solid, the features were solid, but Nav has no redeemable qualities."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 36,000 album-equivalent units with 4,000 in pure album sales in its first week.[15] In its second week the album dropped to number 24 on the chart.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[16]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Reckless Intro"2:22
2."Never Change"
  • Goraya
  • Schofield
  • Amir Esmailian
  • Nav
  • DannyBoyStyles
3:01
3."Hold Your Hand"
  • Goraya
  • Masamune Kudo
  • Jamaal Henry
  • Maaly Raw
  • Rex Kudo
3:54
4."Faith" (featuring Quavo)
  • Nav
  • Trouble Trouble
3:19
5."Champion" (featuring Travis Scott)
  • Foreign Teck
  • OZ
3:15
6."Glow Up"
  • Goraya
  • Schofield
  • Esmailian
  • DannyBoyStyles
  • Nav
2:40
7."Just Happened"
  • Goraya
  • Schofield
  • Robert Richardson
  • Esmailian
  • Nav
  • DannyBoyStyles
  • Bobby Raps
3:21
8."Wanted You" (featuring Lil Uzi Vert)
Ben Billions3:48
9."With Me"
  • Goraya
  • Esmailian
  • Diehl
  • Ben Billions
  • Nav
2:54
10."Eat" (featuring Gunna)
  • Turbo
  • The Martianz
3:22
11."Freshman List"
  • Goraya
  • Kudo
  • Ryan Vojtesak
  • Rex Kudo
  • Charlie Handsome
3:06
12."What I Need / Daheala Outro"5:00
Total length:40:02

Notes

  • "Just Happened" features background vocals from Bobby Raps.

Personnel[edit]

All programming is credited to the producers of each track, except where noted.[16]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[17] 110
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[18] 5
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[19] 42
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[20] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 24
US Billboard 200[22] 8
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[23] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RECKLESS by NAV". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  2. ^ A., Aron (May 16, 2018). "Nav Shares "Reckless" Tracklist Ft. Quavo, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert & More". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Zidel, Alex (March 14, 2018). "Nav Talks About Drake, The Weeknd & Upcoming Album In New Tim Westwood Interview". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Zidel, Alex (April 27, 2018). "Nav Announces Upcoming Albums "Reckless" & "Perfect Timing 2"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Trevor (May 12, 2018). "Nav Announces "Reckless" Album Release Date". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Jones, Okla (May 16, 2018). "Nav Unveils "Reckless" Cover Art & Tracklist". HipHopDX. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Thiessen, Brock (November 9, 2017). "NAV "Wanted You" (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Berry, Peter A. (January 12, 2018). "Nav and Lil Uzi Vert Chill With Strippers in Wanted You Video". XXL. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Hot 100: Wanted You". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Mojica, Nick (March 16, 2018). "Nav Drops New Song Freshman List". XXL. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". All Access. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Nav 'Reckless' 1 Listen Album Review". DJBooth. May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Nav "RECKLESS" Review". HotNewHipHop. May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Pierre, Alphonse (May 23, 2018). "Nav: Reckless Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Trevor Smith (May 27, 2018). "Lil Baby Debuts At No. 3, NAV At No. 8 On Billboard 200". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "RECKLESS / Nav". Tidal. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nav – Reckless" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Nav Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nav – Reckless" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. May 28, 2018. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  22. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 27, 2018). "BTS Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Love Yourself: Tear'". Billboard. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  23. ^ "Nav Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Nav – Reckless". Music Canada.