In October, NF sealed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with his third studio release Perception through NF Real Music/Capitol/Caroline. Despite reeling in 55,000 copies during its opening week -- his first top 10 effort of his career -- his feat proved to be an eye-opener for those unfamiliar with the Michigan upstart.
NF had previously recorded as a Christian rapper, under his real name Nathan Feuerstein. After releasing his debut album Moments in 2012, he gained traction in 2014 with his EP NF., as it entered No. 4 on the Top Gospel Albums charts. In spite of the No. 1 debut, his commercial appeal within mainstream hip-hop had yet to gain steam. Yet, the past two months have unlocked a new level for NF: He has a hit on rap radio.