Label: XO/Republic 
Released: May 8

On the first of Nav’s triad of 2020 full-lengths, the Rexdale native continues to cement himself as an elite rapper du jour, not just the man behind the boards. In his monotone, auto-tuned twang, which is now his highly-distinctive signature, he trades bars with some of his most successful contemporaries. On that note, Good Intentions has one of this year’s most exciting selection of features, with verses from Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, and Gunna, to name a few. Nav even secured a feature from Pop Smoke; on “Run It Up," the late Brooklyn drill rapper’s rich, growling baritone cuts through Nav’s nasally flow to create a contrast that stands out on the album's nearly hour-long run. Good Intentions is an album so immersed in the sonic culture that it was released into, it sounds like now and fits seamlessly into rap’s dense tapestry. For other artists, this would be redundant, but for Nav, whose production was foundational to this sound, it’s the tried and tested formula for a hit. —Sumiko Wilson