Grammy-nominated artist/producer NAV has released the first single from his forthcoming album set to drop in 2018. Listen to “Freshman List” and accompanying press release below.
In another move likely fueled by the release of the single (controversy sells), NAV took aim at XXL’s Freshman List on two Instagram posts, calling it ‘trash’ and essentially old news. He makes it clear he’s not interested in being considered for the publication’s next lineup. In a second post, he takes it a step further by calling out XXL Editor-in-Chief Vanessa Satten directly with another string of harsh words.
There’s been a lot of social media discussion about his statement and #FreshmanList has been trending off and on since it was released. So calculated move or not, it’s certainly paying off in numbers and exposure. His fans have also responded well to the call-out, embracing the move almost as much as the new single itself.
Freshman List Press Release
“GRAMMY® Award-nominated platinum-certified Toronto rapper and producer NAV shares his new single ‘Freshman List.’ Fresh from his first ever headline show in London earlier this month, the single is taken from his forthcoming untitled album which drops later this year.
NAV has quietly arrived as one of rap’s most innovative and infectious voices. Early last year, he unveiled his self-titled mixtape NAV and joined forces with powerhouse producer Metro Boomin for the collaborative album, Perfect Timing. Meanwhile, 2016 saw him not only co-produce the GRAMMY Award-nominated ‘Back To Back’ for Drake, but he also featured on and produced the platinum-selling ‘beibs in the trap’ for Travi$ Scott’s blockbuster Birds In the Trap Sing McKnight. A streaming phenomenon, he regularly averages over 7.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify making him one of the Top 300 most-listened-to artists worldwide. In addition to selling out solo shows coast to coast, he also joined The Weeknd for The Starboy Tour. This tastemaker favourite has also received praise from XXL, Complex, Billboard, and The Fader with Rolling Stone placing his 2017 Coachella debut among the year’s best performances.”
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