Nathan Feuerstien is a rapper. Some people think this guy is just crazy, just mad, just self-absorbed.
What they don't know about this rapper is that his mom overdosed on drugs, her boyfriend physically abused him, he's a christian who openly speaks about his weaknesses, he's a man who challenges tradition, and he's a professional rapper who doesn't curse in his rhymes.
Whaaaat is his deal?
Quite frankly, this guy doesn't fit anywhere. He doesn't fit with people his age, he doesn't fit in with most churches, and he doesn't fit in the rap industry.
Add this to the list: He's hungry, he's ambitious, he's ready to fight for it, and most importantly he's working for it.
How often does the world celebrate ambition that isn't driven by a desire for fame and money?
How often do Christians actually want to hear about how you deal with all the anger inside of you?
They call him, NF.
He's not afraid to talk about his fears:
"Maybe that's the problem 'cause I've been dealing with this ever since
I thought that he would leave, but it's obvious he never did
He must have picked the room and got comfortable and settled in" - Mansion, NF (Mansion).
He's not afraid to mention his work ethic:
"Leave me at the bottom, let me work for it
you ain't never gonna find another rapper in the game
And tell me that he works more, tell me that he works more" - Grindin, NF (Therapy Session)
He's not afraid to address his haters (without hating):
"They was laughin' at me, who they laughin' at now, huh?
I laugh at myself, some people they lookin' like, wow
The moment you told me that you was a rapper, I couldn't believe it
You believe it now?" - Intro, NF (Mansion)
He's embraces his intensity:
"I let you see what it's like to be in my head
People ask me what I think I think I be doin'
If it wasn't music, I'd rather be dead" - Intro 2, NF (Therapy Session)
He's not afraid of the fact that he's a Christian:
"I'm not confused about who gave me the gift
God gave me the gift and he gave me the ability to do this
And he also gave me this as an outlet" - Therapy Session, NF (Therapy Session)
He's not afraid to be competitive:
"Rappers are comfortable knowing they're famous
But I really don't care what your name is
And I really don't care if I'm nameless
Y'all just drivin' around, I know where my lane is" - Intro, NF (Mansion)
He's not confused about his ability:
"I already passed you, you don’t like what I’m doing, who asked you?
You got into music cause you think it’s fun, man I’m doing this cause I have to" - Statement, NF (Therapy Session)
He's not afraid to be real:
"This is a job for me, it's adrenaline
Don't try to box me in, I am Mayweather
I come in the ring, my punches are way better
I never drink but I live in these bars
The moment you blink is the moment you lost" - Intro, NF (Mansion)
He's not avoiding his mistakes, failures, and weaknesses:
"I give you everything, God, not just a little bit
Take it from me, I am nothing but a hypocrite
I hate sin but I built a house and I still live in it"
He's real and his music inspired me. His music inspired me to accept aspects of myself that I was never able to before. His music helped me become more real with the people around me, with myself, and with God.
But hey, you don't have to be a christian, or a rapper, or a super competitive person to relate to music that has purpose coursing through its veins.