When we think about the top lyricists in america we think of names like eminem, nas, kendrick lamar, biggie, tupac, logic, the list goes on and on… With most, if not all of them world renowned for their talents. No one will argue that all of them are hop hop hall of fame inductees in their own right. As times gone on and music tastes have changed i think it’s fair to say that we have lost a lot of the relatability that came with these rappers. The stories that were told or the window into their lives that the lyrics gave us is hard to find nowadays… it’s 100% something i personally have been looking for, for a long time. Enter Nathan John Feuerstein (NF).
It’s not everyday that you come across a rapper that really surprises you. In this day and age with youtube recommends, cookies checking everything you do and social media advertising, its rare not to find something, especially, when it sits right in the genre you listen to. But once again, 30 videos in, a multitude of music gone by and i stumble onto NF. Instantly i knew that this guy would change the game in the next couple of years, specifically because i hadn’t heard someone like this since a young eminem.
So who is NF?
Well as you have probably guessed he is an american rapper. To most he is well known for his more mainstream song “Let you down” . But what might be less known is how long he has actually been around for. By the time that song came out NF had already dropped two studio albums, one in 2015 named mansion and 2016 named therapy sessions, with songs on both featuring throughout some interesting places. The song named “intro” was featured in the video game Madden NFL 16 and was on the season finale trailer of Fox’s Empire, with two other songs being showcased heavily on the front page of MTV’s website.
What is his style?
NF has always credited Eminem as his prime influence in hip-hop, claiming that at one point he was all he listened to as a kid and it was hard not to take tips and tricks from it. NF’s style has also been compared to Logic and Machine Gun Kelly, mostly down to a similar flow and wide use of meaningful lyrics. What is less well known and probably most surprising is he found his musical upbringing in Christian hip-hop, but hes quick to fight the stereotype and has denied his label as a Christian rapper, saying “I’m a Christian, but I don’t make Christian music. You’re not going to reach everyone with just one point of view. I write about things I’m actually dealing with. You don’t have to be Christian to relate to them” Though i will say that because of this outlook he is very much setting himself apart from the money, girls, partying stereotype that most rappers use today. Lyrically he uses, like many, his own experiences to really drive home an emotion of the song, making it very easy to relate in some sort of fashion no matter the type of person you are. This i believe is more of a lost art nowadays in rap and is very likely the reason i fully connected with him on a different level.
The problem NF is having right now is that the songs that mean the most to him and the ones i believe that are his best, are not getting noticed as much. But that is just the direction that the music industry is going in right now. If you like rap and you appreciate lyrical genius then i fully recommend checking out some of his earlier work. I will provide a playlist to support this writing so you can have easy access to what i believe to be his best pieces of work. I really think this guy is a hidden gem in the rap game and the reason why he isn’t much bigger right now is he was born into an era that is moving away from the deep lyrics the likes of eminem gave us. Forget the mumble rap and do yourself a favor by checking this guy out. Thanks for reading.