NF – Therapy Session

I am aware it’s aggressive. I am not here for acceptance. 
I don’t know what you expect here, but what you expect when you walk in a therapy session?

4. 22. 16

Nate  Feuerstein is known in rap as NF. Being known is something of great importance to NF. Many listeners and friends of mine have accused him of creating self-centered rap for this very reason; however, I think this is a misconception of what NF is doing. NF is not trying to draw people to himself with his honest and self-reflective lyricism, but instead trying to help people understand who they are in light of being real with themselves and their own issues and problems. This kind of self-promotion is counter-cultural in hip-hop. Nate Feuerstein uses music to help himself know himself. The main purpose of his music is not for us to get to know him as well, but for us to learn how to get to know who we are individually as well. This is the goal of NF’s second official full-length, Therapy Session.

Those familiar with NF’s debut record Mansion will recognize many similarities with the structure of the album. Mansion opened with the song Intro followed by the title-track. Therapy Session opens with Intro 2 followed by the title-track as well. Although it might seem repetitive, this paralleling structure helps ease the listener into the album from the sense of understanding each metaphor which embodies their respective record. Mansion showcased many different types of sound. Each track had its own unique sound in the sense of it wasn’t all straight hip-hop infused by rock (Turn the Music Up), singer-songwriter acoustic (I’ll Keep On), as well as many different forms of hip-hop. Therapy Session dives head first into hip-hop with much less influence of other genres, but this does not make Therapy Session any less diverse or dynamic than Mansion. I think the one main critique I have in this area is the decision to place the slower track I Can Feel It back to back with Got You on My Mind. I love both of these songs, but of any two songs, I find these to be the ones which sound the most stylistically alike on the record which I find does an injustice to Got You On My Mind. But NF comes back strong with the pump-up track Grindin’ which follows with what I believe to be NF’s most clever verse on the album. After hearing his “I Did It” joke the first time through the record, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for the next five minutes.

NF get’s as real as he ever has with the track How Could You Leave Us where he raps in-depth about his mom’s addiction to pills, overdose, and the affect her life and death has had on his life. It is a must listen. I can’t imagine nor can begin to fathom all Nate has gone through. Although it seems at times he is constantly laboring over the same problems, NF recognizes the need to move on and even takes the time to address his journey of attempting to do this in the closing track, Lost In the Moment:

Ever since you fell in love with the music, you find a way to express what you feel. But the moment that you get away from the mic, you don’t know what you doing. Is it clear to you yet? I don’t know what’s going on in your head. But eventually, you’ll have to deal with the things that you talk about. But I guess until then, we’re lost.

You don’t have to like this record. I won’t get upset if you don’t and I doubt NF will either. But if you aren’t being real with yourself, this is a must listen as a great example of someone who is.

5-stars

Favorite Songs: Real, Grindin’, Therapy Session, How Could You Leave Us, I Can Feel It, Statement
Top 10 Potential: Yes
Album Cover: 8.5/10

CLICK HERE to LISTEN to NF

What are your thoughts on the album? Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? I’d love to hear what you are thinking. Was there another album released this Friday you want to recommend to myself and others to listen to? Feel free to post any thoughts or recommendations below!

Album Cover: http://www.rapzilla.com/rz/images/nf-therapy-session-cover.jpg

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