Introduction:

A rapper that many have started putting on the same level as Eminem, NF has been grinding and climbing the charts. His newest album hit #1 not just on the iTunes Rap Album Charts, but #1 on the iTunes Album Charts period. His level of acclaim from all audiences is something not often seen from Christian artists. NF started becoming a blip on the radar with his 2014 EP NF. It wasn’t until 2015 with his first feature album, Mansion, that he became a name in rap music. 2016’s Therapy Session elevated him up the charts and created a large fan-base for him. Satiating our appetites with his Warm Up single that same year, now he brings the main course with his third studio album: Perception.

1. Intro III

As with the last two albums, this one starts with another intro. The opening to this album is very theatrical and sounds like a conversation between himself and his head. It’s very intense and scary track that proves NF is the new Eminem. With call backs to Mansion and Therapy Session. The opening of this album takes the character of Fear from “Mansion” and brings him back to bury him. This song is an incredible performance from NF that sets the tone of Perception by wrapping up loose ends from the last albums. This is the darkest intro yet!

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

2. Outcast

With a theatrical opening that fits the theme, this  track works like Mansion and Therapy Session’s title tracks, setting the tone of the album. It’s a lyrical acrobatic song that works well. Talking about being the odd one out from the rest of the rappers, NF really establishes that he’s the best rapper of the decade. This is a more unhinged NF that makes for some very entertaining and real music. This track is a weak follow up to “Intro III,” but it makes sense why it’s placed second. It’s a serviceable song with expert lyricism and a good performance. The sounds of lock and keys open and close the film.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

3. 10 Feet Down (ft. Ruelle)

This sounds more like the NF we know and he comes out hard. He slays the track 100%. It’s a great showcase of his lyrical and rapping prowess. The vocals from Ruelle are great too. The production is right in NF’s wheelhouse.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

4. Green Lights

The second single off the record is a great exhibition of NF’s speed and lyrical agility. He absolutely destroys the track and it’s beautiful.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

5. Dreams

We switch up to a slower pace that’s really nice. His vocals are beautiful and the production is rich and toned; a wonderful song about his depression and a remorseful examination of his life.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

6. Let You Down

The pace picks up slightly from the last track in the third single from the album. It’s a beautiful song about letting down his parents and their opinions of him. The vocals are absolutely rich and his lyricism is tragically honest. It’s a wonderful song.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

7. Destiny

Starting a cappella with a rhythmic monologue from NF, he comes back with another insane performance that fits right into the theme of the album. Playing on the idea of destiny, NF talks about how he was destined for this. He truly differentiates himself from the rest of the rappers. While the previous albums drew comparisons to Eminem just for his lyricism, he embraces that fully in his performance, which evokes Slim Shady himself.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

8. My Life

The production is really solid already. It’s a more laid back NF than the last track, but he stills rides the beat with great vocals. It’s a very honest look at his private life with his friends and telling his critics that he doesn’t live for them. His hook is also extremely catchy.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

9. You’re Special

Slowing things down again, we get a love song for a special girl like we did on Therapy Session. This one isn’t quite as great, in fact it’s a little flat. The sentiment is sweet, but, while his attempts are admirable, this one falls a bit flat and, like the last one, he’s not great at love songs.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: B+

10. If You Want Love

We get a display of NF’s vocals on a track that features electric guitars and drums to create a blues/alternative rock feel that is very beautiful. It’s a great track about giving love to everyone. He doesn’t really rap on this track, but it’s regardless a gorgeous song.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

11. Remember This

This track starts slow buts suddenly just the ground running. NF drops truth bombs everywhere and absolutely goes off. The hook features beautiful vocals and does a great job of addressing the idea of “you’ll understand when you’re older” and still not understanding when you’re old. This might be the best song on the album.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

12. Know

Taking ques from “I Just Wanna Know,” he comes back with a lyrical ferocity unparalleled by any rapper since Eminem himself. With wordplay that his only matched by his “Motivated” record form Mansion. The hook of this song exemplifies his intensity as well.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

13. Lie

Another emotional track, NF really goes in on a breakup song that is really different from everything else on the album and in rap music in general. His vocals are spot on perfect. It’s a more reserved take on a breakup.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

14. 3 A.M.

Opening again with vocals, NF hits us with another breakup song. It’s an angrier, less reserved take on the song we just heard. It’s still a retread nonetheless, so it loses a few points for that. It’s a good song, however.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

15. One Hundred

This one is a slow build but NF gets pretty heated in this second to last track. He’s got some really good lyricism and puts out another nice performance. It’s the one flex song that he deserves and allows himself to have.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

16. Outro

The first single from the record is how we cap off the record. He goes in with some seriously powerful speed and lyricism that is just breathtaking. It’s reminiscent of Eminem, who he happens to take shots at this go around. It’s the perfect closer to end the album with.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

Conclusion:

NF is a rapper that is unparalleled in this game. His lyricism and sheer skill is unstoppable and unmatched. This record is just the next step in his evolution. It’s a great record from start to finish and should most definitely get some Grammy nominations.

Album Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

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