Reviewed by Sophia Guerrier
For being Nav’s second studio album and fourth commercial project people should have already expected what they were going to hear. In my opinion the amount of slander that Nav received for this album was uncalled for and I can almost guarantee the reviewer did not listen to it more than twice. I must admit my first reaction to the album was that it was trash but who’s first listen is ever good ? After many more listens like any rap fan should experience before judging an album, “Bad Habits” is for sure Nav’s best project to date (best of the worst). People forget that Nav is the same guy that catapulted himself into the rap game with his stellar verse on “Biebs in the Trap” on Travis Scott’s, Birds in the Trap Sing Mcknight a few years ago. His guest verse on “Yosemite”, despite the initial audio difficulty, was solid as well which led us up to this album. As I mentioned before, people should have already expected what Nav was gonna give us considering every one of his projects have sounded pretty much the same. Slow, simple 808s, maybe a soft piano, dominated by his monotoned, one-dimensional voice. BUT he is still capable of catchy hooks and a not amazing but good enough verse in which he showcased and improved on in this album. Ahh we are once again launched into Nav’s glamourous world of bad bitches and pill addiction where the cosmos are composed of VVS diamonds and brands we can’t afford. We can never get enough of this content for some reason because every track mentions it but in different cadences. Content is an element that Nav continues to lack in and his inability to grow in this area is clearer than day on this album. It was surprising that he attempted to loosen up his prideful, arrogant facade on “Why you crying Mama” which is one of the best out of the 16 tracks. For one of the first times we hear natural human emotion and intimacy from Nav as he rapped about his mother’s reactions to his success but he still couldn’t help but boast about the amount of racks he’s accumulated. I would give Nav a ‘C’ for effort in his newfound pursuit to relate and try to connect to his audience. The vulnerability on songs like “Tension” and “Vicodin” (where he finds himself pretentiously sympathetic for a stripper), gave him significantly more personality than any of projects before. The amount of paranoia and skepticism about the honesty of his friends, women, and even himself are subtle recurring details that help in shaping the album’s substance value (even if it is very minor). The first half of the album was alright, not bad or good, but right in the middle as alright. Although Nav’s dull voice can become tiresome, he was able to stimulate the listener’s attention with his strengths of comprising captivating hooks. In Nav’s category of trap-rap, choruses are lowkey turning into a lost art as they become more gimmicky but he found ways to remain creative in songs like “Taking Chances”, “I’m Ready”, and especially in “Tap” as he teams up with Meek Mill (one of the best songs as well). Production remained constant if not slightly improved to the usual Nav sound which didn’t hurt or support the album. The remainder 8 songs weren’t as strong as the first with a throwaway track like “Stuck with me” and a weak performance by Nav carried by Gunna’s feature in “Hold Your Breath”. Ending the album with “Know Me” felt predictable and boring considering it resorted back to money and women talk with no direction. All in all there really was not much else Nav could’ve gave us with the skill set that he has always presented. If he lost the random wanna-be mob boss persona throughout the album then it would’ve been less dubious but he tried it. We weren’t going to get an album of the year or a thought-provoking masterpiece but instead, an average pre-gaming before the party album.