When you find good music you share it. That is exactly what I did when I started listening to Nate Feuerstein. The Michigan native rapper/singer who goes by the title NF, is a must listen. Here’s why!
It was about three in the afternoon and my morning coffee was starting to wear off. Instead of pouring another cup I headed straight for Pandora.com to re-motivate my brain to stay awake. After a few familiar hits, NF’s smooth vocals started playing up in his hit single “Wake Up” which was followed by some pretty edgy lines. Okay, you have my attention.
I stopped everything I was doing immediately because I had to know who this was. Thanks Google and YouTube for your collective information on my new favorite artist. Rarely will you find YHM buzzing about upcoming rappers, but there was such a positive and thought-provoking aesthetic to NF’s music that I knew we had to share.
He effortlessly transitions from rapping to singing in his songs like “All I Have” and “Face It.” Currently signed to Capitol CMG he has had a groundbreaking two years as he released his self-titled EP and latest album Mansion. Paying homage to a troubled childhood his songs are inspired by the obstacles he faced.
The 24-year-old’s continuous authentic message is not label driven as he recalls recording songs on a karaoke machine by playing instrumentals into one microphone and rapping into the other when he was younger. You get a sense of that drive from his Mansion album. Today marks the premiere of his much-anticipated video for “Notepad.” Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.
By Yegide Matthews / Photo: “Notepad” video still