In 2000, Nickelus F got his first break into the hip hop industry when he competed against 300 contenders in the regional Source Unsigned Hype Emcee Battle where he placed second despite having no formal recording experience. He was also named "Unsigned Hype" in The Source in 2000 at the age of 17.
Nickelus F then went on to participate in BET's 106 & Park Freestyle Fridays where he was crowned champion after winning seven weeks in a row in 2007.
Drake has described Nickelus F as "one of the most gifted people I know at finding flows".
In November 2009, Nickelus F was featured in Complex's "Ten Most Underrated New Rappers".