|Honest, Raw and Intense | Posted March 03, 2017
I came late to the NF game. It was only after hearing a few of these tracks - “I Just Wanna Know” and “Oh Lord” - on the radio that I decided to pick up the album, and I’m glad I did. Therapy Session is the sequel to the debut album Mansion by 25 year-old rapper NF (Nate Feuerstein). NF has had a difficult life thus far and he writes about that in these fourteen songs. The themes here are dark, and include pain, addiction, loss, depression and his critics. All songs are written by NF and Tommee Profitt, with the exception of Grindin’, on which Marty of the Social Club Misfits contributes.
Below are a few thoughts on each of the songs:
Intro 2 – This is a sequel to “Intro”, which was included on Mansion. It is an intense, emotional and real introduction to the album. He sings “If you’re looking for music with watered down lyrics, I promise that you need to go somewhere else.” It was produced by Tommee Profitt.
Therapy Session – NF has called this a very aggressive and blunt song, one in which he wasn’t holding anything back. He sings about fans that talk to him about how his much his music has helped them and others who have criticized him as he deals with depression and the pressure. The song is intense. It is produced by Tommee Profitt and David Garcia.
I don't expect everyone to respect it
I don't expect you to get my perspective
But, what'd you expect from a therapy session?
I Just Wanna Know – This song is about relationships that have gone bad in his life. He asks “When did you get so cold?”, “What happened to your soul?” “I thought we were close”. The song is produced by Tommee Profitt.
How Could You Leave Us - This song addresses NF’s mother’s addiction to pills, which ultimately led to an overdose and her death in 2009. He calls it the most vulnerable song he has written. He was in tears as he recorded this song. It’s a song of intense pain and hard to listen to. The song opens with keys before it goes into an angry rap. It is produced by Tommee Profitt.
Breathe - This song features vocals from Brooke Griffith. It is about how he has matured the past year and a half, but also the realization that more is needed. Following the intense opening songs, this is a more a laid-back rap about regrets in a past relationship. A couple of good lines are “Apologies don’t mean a thing if you don’t ever fix it” and “I seem to be the only person that I play pretend with”. It is produced by Tommee Profitt.
Real – This song is written in response to his critics. He states that it’s “his time”. People want to know where his heart is. He sings that he stands out because he wears his garbage. The song opens with keys before going into a fast rap that gets increasingly intense. The song is produced by David Garcia.
Oh Lord – This song starts slow and melodic, and then builds in intensity. He’s asking if God sees what is happening on earth:
Sometimes I look up to the sky
And wonder do you see us down here
He states that we don’t call on God when things are going well for us. The song is produced by David Garcia.
I Can Feel It – Even as NF’s life is changing with increasing fame, he looks back to how his life was. This song opens with keys and a slow rap and builds in intensity. The song is produced by Tommee Profitt.
Got You On My Mind – This slow rap is a love song. He’s on the road and misses her. The song is produced by David Garcia.
Grindin' – This song features Marty of the Social Club Misfits. They are committed to their music, and no other rappers work harder than them. It is produced by Tommee Profitt.
Wish You Wouldn't – This song is about relationship problems. It starts slowly with keys. He sings that things aren’t working, he’s gotta do something different. She’s angry. They argue. He’s got too many things he’s dealing with. The only thing they have in common is that they have nothing in common. He sings:
I wish you didn’t say things, I wish you didn’t say things
That you don’t mean, that you don’t mean
The song is produced by The720.
Statement – This is an intense, angry rap directed to other rappers. It is produced by David Garcia and The720.
All I Do – His identity is a rapper, that’s all he does. And he’s competitive:
I do not look at these rappers out here like
I wanna be ‘em
I look at these rappers out here like
I wanna beat ‘em
The songs is produced by David Garcia.
Lost In The Moment - This song features Jonathan Thulin. Like the album cover, NF is having a therapy session with himself on this song as he refers to himself in the third person as he deals with his depression, anxiety and music. The song is pproduced by Tommee Profitt.
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