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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the rapper was produced by Tommee Profitt and features a guest appearance from Sasha Sloan.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 16, 2019
    80
    His knack for personal lyricism over melodramatic production makes his latest album, The Search, an impactful listening experience and validation for the aforementioned comparison.
  2. Oct 15, 2019
    80
    There are more nuanced (and enjoyable) approaches to records focused on depression. Elzhi’s “Lead Poison” is still the one I’d recommend first but NF impresses on “The Search”. ... By stripping that away, his barrage of words – married with the booming, cinematic production (credited as NF and Tommee Profitt) – is surprisingly digestible.
  3. Aug 16, 2019
    70
    In both vocal cadence and lyrical content, NF falls somewhere between Eminem and Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph, while channeling the former's rage and the latter's emotive introspection. As such, The Search is a heavy and emotionally exhausting listen, brimming with troubling allusions to suicide and soul-baring pain.
  4. Aug 16, 2019
    50
    He’s an objectively strong rapper who makes work with a moral valence — just like Cordae, just like Chance, just like Lamar or Logic or J. Cole. Where NF falls short is that he mostly works in one gear.
  5. Aug 16, 2019
    40
    He is a genuinely engaging artist who raps with impressive intensity and clarity, if not nuance. He confronts his incurable sadness head-on, and it’s easy to identify with his mental health struggles. But for an album about depression, The Search contains a noticeable lack of tension and interior texture.
  6. Aug 16, 2019
    40
    NF also shares Eminem’s shrillness and distorted sense of volume, rapping like he’s putting on the world’s loudest Punch and Judy show. He spends much of The Search darting in and out of an overbearing rappity-rap snarl-yell that can cut right through you if you don’t relate to his roiling anger.
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  1. Positive: 99 out of 106
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 106
  3. Negative: 7 out of 106
  1. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    One of my favorite albums. Delves into serious issues of mental health and anxiety, normalizing talking about these feelings.
  2. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    NF put a lot of emotion and passion into this album. He raps about struggles from his past and present, the questions that he asks himselfNF put a lot of emotion and passion into this album. He raps about struggles from his past and present, the questions that he asks himself everyday, and mental health. The album is also talks about how he is searching for himself with all the things that life throws at him. This is his best album by far. Expand
  3. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    NF's best album yet, can't stop listening to it and never gets boring. I recommend this album to everyone who has any difficulties in theirNF's best album yet, can't stop listening to it and never gets boring. I recommend this album to everyone who has any difficulties in their life, there's always at least one song you can relate to Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2019
    10
    Literally the best album I have ever heard, nf is the realist and the best rapper out there rn.
  5. Jun 3, 2020
    10
    Amazing. NF is one of the future faces of hip-hop. His lyrics are amazing, and all of his 5 albums are amazing. Can’t wait for the next!
  6. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    The search is easily one of the best albums that I've ever heard. This is real music with a message and passion. I love every track.
  7. Aug 29, 2019
    0
    Trash and boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnngggg

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