The simulation hypothesis is the proposition that our existence is a simulated reality.
This argument is primarily based on the idea that posthuman societies would have the technology, ability, and desire to perform ancestral simulations.
I think this theory is missing the biggest piece of the puzzle, the biggest piece of proof that we live in a simulation: the “angel-protected demons” of NAV.
Navraj Goraya, 32, from Rexdale, Ont., began his mainstream music career in 2015 after co-producing Drake’s “Back to Back.”
Since then, he’s signed to The Weeknd’s label, XO, where he dropped seven projects.
NAV is a commercially successful rapper – his first three albums all debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. His second and third debuted at No. 1.
He is also well known for his frequent collaborations with superstar Travis Scott, which include the songs “Beibs in the Trap”, “Champion”, “Turks” and “Yosemite”.
So it’s no surprise that his latest album, ‘Demons Protected by Angels’, is a highly anticipated release in the rap world – which is why I decided to review it.
From the way I started this article, you’re probably thinking that I didn’t like the album that much – that’s where you’re wrong. “Demons Protected by Angels” is perfect.
When I listened to this project, I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary based on NAV’s previous projects. But, deep down, I wondered if NAV would release something personal and meaningful for once.
But of course, NAV did what it always does: shower the listener with mediocre, mind-numbing bars delivered in the same monotonous voice for an hour.
“Everyday I’m loaded (all the time) / Everyday I’m loaded (all the time) / Everyday I’m loaded / It took a little while / Then all my pockets exploded (exploded, yeah ).”
I have the impression that these few lines of the song “Loaded” summarize the album well.
Incredibly boring, with no lyrical substance and no demonstration of any skill as a rapper, writer or even producer.
The same issues that every NAV project has encountered are still so clear and vivid on this album.
Each song sounds incredibly similar. It uses the exact same stream on every song, for the whole song. He talks about the same subject in every song.
All NAV knows about is how fat his pockets are, how many drugs he abuses, how many girls throw themselves at his feet, and how his enemies fear him.
These topics are frequently addressed in rap but rarely in the extremely repetitive way that NAV does.
When your songs are exclusively about these things, and you repeat the same thing every song, it gets so boring, and your words have so little weight behind them that I don’t even believe what you’re saying anymore.
NAV has brought these four things together in a quartet of lyrical “midness” that he endlessly abuses on every verse of every song.
The only literal positive thing I can say about this album is that some features from other rappers weren’t too bad, and some beats weren’t terrible either.
Lil Uzi Vert makes two solid appearances and “Last of the Mohicans” has a decent pace.
Also, what a random name for a song. I wonder if NAV has even seen the movie or read the book, and if so, if he’s a fan.
My contempt for NAV doesn’t end there, however.
The idea that rap is an inferior genre of music, compared to rock or classical, is a belief shared by many people.
In particular, a lot of old people in my experience said that rapping is not good and it’s nonsense. It’s probably because they didn’t grow up with it or just didn’t give it a chance.
Artists like NAV, however, fully perpetuate this stereotype, seemingly unapologetically.
Speaking only of the aforementioned lyrical midness quartet, NAV continues to bring rap down and confirm any prejudices people may have about the genre.
Historically, the best thing about every NAV album, in my opinion, has been the cover art.
His albums “Bad Habits” and “Good Intentions”, despite the quality of the projects themselves, had pretty cool covers.
NAV has now decided to get rid of it too with the art of this new album – colorful, cheerful and reminiscent of graffiti art or a drawing.
At least the cover vibes of “Good Intentions” and “Bad Habits” were somewhat sinister, even dark, with the color schemes, and NAV laid down in a cool way. It also makes sense, given the subject matter and NAV being an all-around beast.
This new art doesn’t make sense given the context in which NAV claims he “has a chest pain when I smoke because I smoke dead opps”.
I really hope for his next project, NAV steps up a lot because despite this criticism and the way I talk about him, I think he has potential.
He is unique as a rapper given that he is Canadian and Indian. In the United States, there are not many popular Canadian rappers apart from NAV, Drake and Tory Lanez. Besides that, NAV is the only popular Indian rapper I can think of in America.
He’s got the resources, he’s got the connections, and he’s got that X factor that makes him interesting.
Now it’s just up to NAV to pull it all together to make a really cohesive and polished album, and I hope he does.
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