NF (rapper)

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NF
NF photo 2016.jpg
Background information
Birth name Nathan John Feuerstein
Also known as
  • Nathan Feuerstein
  • Nate Feuerstein
Born (1991-03-30) March 30, 1991 (age 27)
Gladwin, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels
Website nfrealmusic.com

Nathan John Feuerstein (/ˈfɔɪ.ərstn/; born March 30, 1991), professionally known as NF, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He released an extended play in 2014 with Capitol CMG, NF, which was his breakthrough release on the Billboard charts. He has released three studio albums: Mansion in 2015, Therapy Session in 2016 and Perception in 2017. His single "Let You Down", from the album Perception, brought him worldwide fame, charting internationally and going triple platinum.

NF is a Christian, but does not consider himself a Christian rapper. He was signed to a Christian record label, and his music is popular among the Christian music scene.[2] Despite this, he calls himself "just an artist who makes music for everybody".[3]

Early life[edit]

NF was born Nathan John Feuerstein,[4] in Gladwin, Michigan on March 30,[5][6] 1991.[7] His parents divorced, and he was raised by his mother until his father had to take him away when her boyfriend abused him.[8] His mother overdosed in 2009 which led to him dedicating the song "How Could You Leave Us" to her.[9] He graduated from Gladwin High School in 2009, and was on the basketball team.[10] NF started his career by going to "Fine Arts Festival" with Connection Church in Canton, Michigan.[11]

Music career[edit]

Feuerstein started making music in 2010, and released his debut album Moments under his real name. During this time he also started working on his EP, NF, but did not release it until 2014 because of a label dispute with Xist Music that caused them to part ways.[12] Despite this, NF did return to make a song for Xist Music for their compilation album. The album was released on August 28, 2012. He released a single, Beautiful Addiction, on November 4, 2013 as Nate Feuerstein.

Feuerstein signed to Capitol CMG in 2014, before the release of the EP, NF[12] This project was his breakthrough release on the Billboard, as it charted on the Christian Albums chart at No. 12, on the Top Gospel Albums at No. 4, and on the Top Rap Albums at No. 15.[13][14] This extended play was reviewed by Jesus Freak Hideout and New Release Tuesday, receiving two three-and-a-half-star reviews.[15][16] CCM Magazine reviewed the EP and awarded it four stars.[17] His first studio album, Mansion, was released on March 31, 2015 by Capitol CMG.[18]

NF has been featured on several songs with well-known artists, including Flame's song "Start Over", TobyMac's song "Til the Day I Die" and Futuristic's song, "Epiphany".[19][20] His song "Intro" is included in the video game Madden NFL 16.[21] NF's songs have been played on ESPN, VH1, Showtime, NBC's Chicago P.D., Grimm, Shades of Blue and in the season finale trailer of Fox's Empire. His music video for "Intro" premiered on MTV.com's homepage, and the video has also appeared on MTVU, AbsolutePunk, 2DOPEBOYZ, Raps & Hustles and The College Dropouts.

His second studio album, Therapy Session, was released on April 22, 2016.[22] "I Just Wanna Know" was released as a single on April 8, 2016 and "Real" was released on April 22, 2016.[23] His style has been compared to that of rappers such as Logic and Eminem. "Warm Up" was released as a non-album single on September 8, 2016.[24]

On October 6, 2017, NF released his third studio album, Perception.[25] The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it his first chart topping album and only the second artist in 2017 to release a number one album without having charted on the Hot 100.[26] The next week, "Let You Down" became his first single to chart on the Hot 100, debuting at 87.[27] It became a sleeper hit, taking 17 weeks to reach its peak at number 12.[28] After the success of Perception he announced he would begin touring mid-2018 with rappers Logic and Kyle.[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2016, Therapy Session won the Dove Award for Best Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year.[30] The song "I Just Wanna Know" was nominated for a Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year.[31] The song "Oh Lord" won the 2017 Dove Award for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[32]
US
Christ.

[33]
US
Rap

[34]
AUS
[35]
BEL
(FL)

[36]
CAN
[37]
DEN
[38]
NLD
[39]
NOR
[40]
SWE
[41]
Moments
(as Nathan Feuerstein)
Mansion
  • Released: March 31, 2015
  • Label: Capitol CMG
  • Format: CD, digital download
62 1 9 136,000+[citation needed]
Therapy Session
  • Released: April 22, 2016
  • Label: Capitol CMG
  • Format: CD, digital download
12 1 1 43 122,000+[citation needed]
Perception
  • Released: October 6, 2017[42]
  • Label: Capitol CMG, NF Real Music LLC
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 73 108 14 8 82 10 22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions
US
Christ.

[13]
US
Gospel

[13]
US
Rap

[13]
NF 12 4 15

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[45]
US
R&B
/HH

[46]
US
Christ

[47]
AUS
[48]
CAN
[49]
IRE
[50]
NOR
[40]
NZ
[51]
SWE
[52]
UK
[53]
"Intro" 2015 26 Mansion
"Wait" 28
"All I Have" 39
"Intro 2" 2016 17 Therapy Session
"I Just Wanna Know" 15
"Real" 16
"Warm Up" 13 non-album single
"Outro" 2017 14 Perception
"Green Lights" 11
"Let You Down" 12 6 1 7 15 4 2 7 2 6
"No Name" 2018 82 35 non-album single
"Lie" 62 27 Perception
"Why" [A] [B] non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "Why" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at No. 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[62]
  2. ^ "Why" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at No. 9 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[63]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak positions Album
US
Christ

[47]
"Start Over"[64]
(Flame featuring NF)
2013 Royal Flush
"Till the Day I Die"[65]
(TobyMac featuring NF)
2015 29 This Is Not a Test
"The One with My Friends"
(Marty featuring NF, John Givez, Wordsplayed, Kaleb Mitchell and Fern)
Marty for President
"Epiphany"[66][67]
(Futuristic featuring NF)
2017 Blessings

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Christ

[47]
"Wake Up" 2015 49 Mansion
"Mansion" (featuring Fleurie) 30
"I'll Keep On" (featuring Jeremiah Carlson of The Neverclaim) 19
"Notepad" 44
"Grindin'" (featuring Marty of Social Club) 2016 19 Therapy Session
"Therapy Session" 19
"Oh Lord" 20
"How Could You Leave Us" 23
"Got You on My Mind" 29
"Lost in the Moment" (featuring Jonathan Thulin) 33
"Statement" 38
"All I Do" 39
"I Can Feel It" 43
"Wish You Wouldn't" 44

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