NF, ‘Let You Down’ | Track Review
Christian rapper NF shines on, “Let You Down,” the third single from his new album, ‘Perception,’ arriving October 6.
Here’s a good question. What makes Christian rap Christian rap? Does it require explicitly spreading the gospel, or does it mean the music is simply devoid of secular things? Honestly, it depends on who you ask and the rapper himself. NF is considered to be a Christian rapper. He doesn’t curse and eschews un-Christian subject matter. Nonetheless, he’s not boring or the least bit square. His first single from his album Perception, “Green Lights,” was quite thrilling. The same can be said of “Let You Down.”
“Let You Down” opens with pitch-shifted, effects laden vocals. This intro eventually becomes the chorus of the song. An excellent harmonic progression and sound accompanies the intro, foreshadowing what’s to come. NF delivers an excellent flow, showcasing his immense rap skills. He can rap like a boss, sans the profanity. Additionally, “Let You Down” features fantastic production work, particularly the hard drums, piano block chords, and use of reverb.
The vocals on the chorus are strong. Unlike the intro, they commence normally, in the mid-register. Eventually, the pitch-shifted vocals join-in, complementing the ‘normal’ vocals soundly. The chorus is catchy, latching the first time you hear it. A welcome change of pace occurs on the third verse, finding NF accompanied by piano and at times, strings (pad). The melodic shift on the final chorus is a selling point.
All in all, “Let You Down” is a well-rounded, enjoyable record from NF. It easily matches the quality of “Green Lights.” So far, the perception of new album Perception is positive to the nth degree.