CLOUDS
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(Sduolc eht ni s'daeH)

Calmly feel myself evolving
Appalling, so much I'm not divulging
Been stalling, I think I hear applauding, they're calling
Mixtapes aren't my thing, but it's been awfully exhausting
Hanging onto songs this long is daunting (yeah)
Which caused me to have to make a call I thought was ballsy
Resulting in what you see today, proceed indulging
As always, the one-trick pony's here, so quit your sulking

Born efficient, got ambition
Sorta vicious, yup, that's me (woo)
Not artistic, unrealistic
Chauvinistic, not those things
Go the distance, so prolific
Posts are cryptic, move swiftly
Unsubmissive, the king of mischief
The golden ticket, rare sight to see
I stay committed, embrace the rigid
I'm playful with it, yeah, basically
Too great to mimic, you hate, you're bitter
No favoritism, that's fine with me
Create the riddles, portrayed uncivil
Unsafe a little, oh, yes, indeed
It's plain and simple, I'm far from brittle
Unbreakable, you following?
I'm Bruce Willis in a train wreck
I'm like trading in your car for a new jet
I'm like having a boss getting upset
'Cause you asked him for less on your paycheck
I'm like doing headstands with a broke neck
I'm like watching your kid take his first steps
I'm like saying Bill Gates couldn't pay rent
'Cause he's too broke, where am I going with this?

Unbelievable, yes, yes, inconceivable
See myself as fairly reasonable
But at times I can be stubborn, so
If I have to I will rock the boat
I don't tend to take the easy road
That's just not the way I like to roll
What you think's probably unfeasible
I've done already a hundred fold
A hundred fold, it's probable that I might press the envelope
Ideas so astronomical sometimes I find them comical
Yeah, incomparable, replay value phenomenal
Beat selection remarkable, slowing me down, impossible

I don't rock no Rollies, I don't hang around no phonies (no)
I don't really got no trophies
I don't know why God chose me (I don't know)
Got something in the cup, ain't Codeine (never)
Change my style, they told me
Now they come around like, "Homie"
Man, y'all better back up slowly, back up slowly (woo)
Who are you kidding? How could you doubt me? I've always delivered
Ripping the teeth out of the back of my mouth's
The closest you get to my wisdom
See my initial thought was to wait
But what can I say? I had to come visit
Check on you guys, you doin' alright?
Your year really sucked? Yeah, that's what I figured
They cover they heads up whenever I drop
Shake the whole industry, put 'em in shock
Come out the clouds like a meteor rock
Then land in the earth like "Ready or not?"
Ain't no one like me, the cream of the crop
Don't even front, better give me some props
I pick up your body and throw it a block
Okay, I admit it, that's over the top, not
Deer in the headlights looks every time I step my foot on the ground
I get mistook for a lame with no weight to his name
Ground just shook, let's not beat around the bush
Even my B-sides throw 'em off like, "How's he do it?"
Some say I'm a great influence
I don't know about that, but I did do the best I could

Hollywood, Hollywood
Hope Nate doesn't go Hollywood
You think that, you don't know me good
You think that, you don't know me good
Hollywood, Hollywood
Hope Nate doesn't go Hollywood
You think that, you don't know me good
You think that, you don't know me

I always advance, say how I feel, you know where I stand
Raising the bar, I gotta expand
Top of the charts, I'm setting up camp
Poundin' my stakes, I put up my tent
Shoot for the stars, they fall in my hand
Stick to my guns, I don't even flinch
Can push all you want, ain't movin' an inch
I rarely miss, you know I'm relentless
Ain't got a choice, no way to prevent it (woo)
Just who I am, and I don't regret it
See what I want and then I go get it
Followed my gut, I'm happy I did it
Beat all the odds, I ain't got no limits
Cannot be stopped, you paying attention?




I ain't gotta say it, they know where my head is
They know where my head is (head is)

Overall Meaning

In NF's song "CLOUDS," the rapper reflects on his growth and success in the music industry. He begins by acknowledging his evolution and the fact that he's not revealing everything about himself. He also talks about how he's been holding onto songs for too long, which led to him making the call to release what he has today. Throughout the song, he showcases his unique style, which he describes as playful, cryptic and unbreakable. He speaks about how much he enjoys challenging himself and pushing his limits.


NF also touches on the opinions of others and how he deals with criticisms. He says that he doesn't surround himself with fake people or materialism, and he doesn't concern himself with getting trophies. He acknowledges that he has something in his cup but denies that it's Codeine. NF also talks about how he's not fond of taking the easy road, instead preferring to press the envelope and take on ideas that others might find comical.


In the last part of the song, NF tackles the topic of fame and people doubting him. He talks about how his no-nonsense attitude and unique style sometimes catch people off guard, leading them to underestimate him. However, he asserts that he always delivers and that his music has earned him the top spot in the charts. He also expresses his desire not to "go Hollywood" and to remain true to himself, despite his success.


Line by Line Meaning

Calmly feel myself evolving
I am in the process of growing and changing, but I am doing so calmly and with intention.


Appalling, so much I'm not divulging
There are parts of myself and my experiences that I do not share with others, and it can be overwhelming.


Been stalling, I think I hear applauding, they're calling
I have been hesitant to release new music, but it seems like my fans are eager for it.


Mixtapes aren't my thing, but it's been awfully exhausting
I don't enjoy making mixtapes, but I have been doing so for a long time and it's tiring.


Hanging onto songs this long is daunting (yeah)
Keeping the same songs in my setlist for a long time is intimidating.


Which caused me to have to make a call I thought was ballsy
I made a difficult decision that required courage.


Resulting in what you see today, proceed indulging
The outcome of that decision is what you see from me now, so enjoy it.


As always, the one-trick pony's here, so quit your sulking
I'm always here doing what I do best, so don't complain.


Born efficient, got ambition
I am naturally good at getting things done and I have a strong drive to succeed.


Sorta vicious, yup, that's me (woo)
I can be intense and aggressive in pursuing my goals.


Not artistic, unrealistic
I am not focused on making art, but rather creating something that is practical.


Chauvinistic, not those things
I am not sexist or prejudiced.


Go the distance, so prolific
I work tirelessly and produce a lot of content.


Posts are cryptic, move swiftly
I tend to be mysterious in my social media posts and I move through life quickly.


Unsubmissive, the king of mischief
I am rebellious and enjoy causing trouble.


The golden ticket, rare sight to see
I am a rare talent.


I stay committed, embrace the rigid
I remain dedicated to my goals, even when it's difficult.


I'm playful with it, yeah, basically
I have fun with my work and don't take myself too seriously.


Too great to mimic, you hate, you're bitter
My talent is unparalleled and those who cannot match it may be envious.


No favoritism, that's fine with me
I don't play favorites and that doesn't bother me.


Create the riddles, portrayed uncivil
I like to be mysterious and sometimes act rudely.


Unsafe a little, oh, yes, indeed
I can be reckless at times.


It's plain and simple, I'm far from brittle
I am resilient.


Unbreakable, you following?
I cannot be broken or defeated.


I'm Bruce Willis in a train wreck
I am strong and capable even in a difficult situation.


I'm like trading in your car for a new jet
I am quickly and drastically improving my situation.


I'm like having a boss getting upset
I am not afraid of confrontation or upsetting others.


'Cause you asked him for less on your paycheck
I am willing to stand up for myself and negotiate what I deserve.


I'm like doing headstands with a broke neck
I can accomplish incredible things even in situations that seem impossible.


I'm like watching your kid take his first steps
I am witness to important moments and accomplishments.


I'm like saying Bill Gates couldn't pay rent
I am doing things that seem unbelievable or impossible.


'Cause he's too broke, where am I going with this?
Because of my success, I am able to do things that others would find impossible.


Unbelievable, yes, yes, inconceivable
My accomplishments may seem unbelievable or impossible.


See myself as fairly reasonable
I consider myself to be practical and logical.


But at times I can be stubborn, so
I am willing to stand my ground, even if it means being stubborn.


If I have to I will rock the boat
If necessary, I will cause disruption or make changes.


I don't tend to take the easy road
I am not afraid of hard work or making difficult choices.


That's just not the way I like to roll
I prefer to tackle things head on and make my own way.


What you think's probably unfeasible
What you might consider impossible or unrealistic is often achievable for me.


I've done already a hundred fold
I have achieved success beyond expectations.


A hundred fold, it's probable that I might press the envelope
I have exceeded expectations many times over and may continue to push the boundaries.


Ideas so astronomical sometimes I find them comical
My ideas are often grand and ambitious, and sometimes even I find them amusing.


Yeah, incomparable, replay value phenomenal
I am unique and my work is worth revisiting.


Beat selection remarkable, slowing me down, impossible
My music is innovative and the quality of the beats is unmatched.


I don't rock no Rollies, I don't hang around no phonies (no)
I am not interested in flashy status symbols or hanging out with fake people.


I don't really got no trophies
I don't measure my success by material possessions or awards.


I don't know why God chose me (I don't know)
I am not sure why I have been so blessed with talent and success.


Got something in the cup, ain't Codeine (never)
I am not using drugs or other substances to enhance my creativity or mood.


Change my style, they told me
Others have suggested that I change my style or approach.


Now they come around like, "Homie"
Now those same people are friendly and supportive of me.


Man, y'all better back up slowly, back up slowly (woo)
People should be careful before getting too close to me or underestimating me.


Who are you kidding? How could you doubt me? I've always delivered
It's ridiculous to doubt my ability to succeed, as I have always proven myself.


Ripping the teeth out of the back of my mouth's, the closest you get to my wisdom
I am willing to endure pain or discomfort to achieve greater success and understanding.


See my initial thought was to wait, but what can I say? I had to come visit
I had planned to wait before releasing new music, but I couldn't resist.


Check on you guys, you doin' alright? Your year really sucked? Yeah, that's what I figured
I am checking in on my fans and acknowledging that this year has been difficult for many people.


They cover they heads up whenever I drop
People are blown away or shocked whenever I release new music.


Shake the whole industry, put 'em in shock
My music has a significant impact on the music industry and causes a reaction from others.


Come out the clouds like a meteor rock, then land in the earth like "Ready or not?"
I enter the scene suddenly and with force, making a big impact.


Ain't no one like me, the cream of the crop
I am unique and extremely talented.


Don't even front, better give me some props
Don't try to deny my talent, acknowledge and give credit where it's due.


I pick up your body and throw it a block
I am capable of overpowering or defeating my competition.


Okay, I admit it, that's over the top, not
My previous statement may have been exaggerated, but is not far from the truth.


Deer in the headlights looks every time I step my foot on the ground
People are often surprised or intimidated by my presence.


I get mistook for a lame with no weight to his name
People sometimes underestimate my talent or success.


Ground just shook, let's not beat around the bush
My presence or actions have made a significant impact.


Even my B-sides throw 'em off like, "How's he do it?"
Even my less popular work is impressive and surprising to others.


Some say I'm a great influence
Others believe that my talent and work inspires and positively influences them.


I don't know about that, but I did do the best I could
I am not sure if I am a good influence, but I always try my best.


Hollywood, Hollywood
A reference to the entertainment industry.


Hope Nate doesn't go Hollywood
I hope that I do not change or become corrupted by my success.


You think that, you don't know me good
Don't make assumptions about me or my character.


I always advance, say how I feel, you know where I stand
I am always making progress and expressing my honest opinions.


Raising the bar, I gotta expand
I am constantly improving and raising my standards.


Top of the charts, I'm setting up camp
My success puts me at the top of the music charts, and I am staying there.


Poundin' my stakes, I put up my tent
I am strongly establishing my presence in the music industry.


Shoot for the stars, they fall in my hand
I have high aspirations and achieve great success.


Stick to my guns, I don't even flinch
I am dedicated to my principles and do not waver.


Can push all you want, ain't movin' an inch
I am not easily persuaded or influenced.


I rarely miss, you know I'm relentless
I am efficient and persistent, and rarely fail.


Ain't got a choice, no way to prevent it (woo)
I am motivated by something beyond my control.


Just who I am, and I don't regret it
I am proud of who I am and my accomplishments.


See what I want and then I go get it
I have a clear vision of what I want, and I will do whatever it takes to achieve it.


Followed my gut, I'm happy I did it
I am satisfied with the decisions I have made and trust my intuition.


Beat all the odds, I ain't got no limits
I have overcome obstacles and believe that I can achieve anything.


Cannot be stopped, you paying attention?
I am unstoppable and others should take notice.


I ain't gotta say it, they know where my head is
Others can see and understand my mindset and goals.


They know where my head is (head is)
My mindset and goals are well-known to others.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol CMG Publishing
Written by: Nate Feuerstein, Tommee Profitt

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@JezzaSezza

It’s not even that good. So basically put together. And there’s like nothing really rhyming in their either. Basically just sacrificing the craft for a line.

NF gets compared to Eminem a lot so let’s use him for an example

you murd-er-ing-in-the-booth is the furth-est-thing-from-the truth

Lone sniper, I hold a microphone like a loaded rifle
My dome's brighter, all I spit from my skull's fire
All that's missing's a motorcycle with the chrome wires, spoke tires
And y'all are flow biters, so I don't gotta
Explain why they call me your ghostwriter-ghost rider

Now that’s how you put a scheme together



All comments from YouTube:

@MCMiniGamesDaily

“Ripping the teeth out of the back of my mouth is the closest you’ll get to my wisdom”
Speechless.

@slimeslime4386

♟🔥This kid definitely deserves your SU🅱️ #NFNjosh,

@randomperson7242

@Lucas Lyche lmao

@kevinhine1485

That’s one of the hardest bars on the track

@angelinebena9675

That lyrics. Damn

@HarshSingh-pi9jz

I just paused the song after that bar and went HOLD UP!!!!!

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@T.T200

"Man I don't know if I'm making movies or music videos"

Movies Nate, movies.

@DaniNicolae

Movies about life

@projectzae2849

Factsssssss💯💯 the same bar i thought of

@T.T200

I can't get over how great this song is, my soul is crying 😭

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