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Chart-topping rapper NF just dropped a hot surprise single, firing back at critics titled “PAID MY DUES”. The track keeps pace with NF’s other tracks and the video is very much in line with his previous visual motifs.

Check out the sinister video below.

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In August, NF topped the Billboard charts with the debut of his brand new album The Search. The album marks the rapper’s second consecutive record to land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, followed by his 2017 album Perception.

Check out the single and video below.

NF is a master at his fast-flow style which is only further exemplified by “PAID MY DUES”.

NF’s venom towards critics and haters is ever apparent in the lyrics of “PAID MY DUES”.

I read your article, it kinda hurt me/ I don’t know who hired you or what your friends say in your circle/ But the fact that you released it tells me two things are for certain/ They get paid for trashin’ people, I get paid ’cause I stay workin’ (Yeah)/ Dropped The Search and they emerge up outta nowhere to the surface/ Just to peek behind the curtain, throwin’ salt at all my burdens.

“PAID MY DUES” Lyrics

Clicks, clicks, clicks, they’ll do anything to get a few
Tick, tick, tick, that’s the sound before my head explodes
Quit, quit, quit, look at you up on your pedestals
Quick, quick, quick, here the critics come, it’s time to go
I read your article, it kinda hurt me
I don’t know who hired you or what your friends say in your circle
But the fact that you released it tells me two things are for certain
They get paid for trashin’ people, I get paid ’cause I stay workin’ (Yeah)

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Dropped The Search and they emerge up outta nowhere to the surface
Just to peek behind the curtain, throwin’ salt at all my burdens
I’m aware I shouldn’t give this my attention, life’s a journey
I should just stay on my path and learn to laugh, you think they heard me?
Ears are burning, put ’em out, quiet, quiet, look around
Why don’t they find someone way more interesting to write about?
Us, we’re kinda boring, aren’t we? All we do is whine and pout
It’s confusing, so amusing how I argue with myself
Hello

I spit it with ease, so leave it to me
You doubt it, but you better believe
I’m on a rampage, hit ’em with the record release
Depend on the week, I’m prolly gonna have to achieve
Another goal, let me go when I’m over the beat
I go into beast mode, like I’m ready to feast
I’m fed up with these thieves, tryna get me to bleed
They wanna see me take an L, yep, see what I mean?
How many records I gotta give you to get with the program?

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Taken for granted, I’m ’bout to give you the whole plan
Open your mind up and take a look at the blueprint
Debate if you gotta, but gotta hold it with both hands
To pick up the bars, you gotta be smart
You really gotta dig in your heart
If you wanna get to the root of an issue
Pursuin’ the mental can be dark and be difficult
But the pay off at the end of it can help you to get through it, ayy

Paid my dues, made it through (Woo, woo, woo)
Spread the news, I’m on the loose (Woo, woo, woo)
Makin’ moves, I need some room (Woo, woo, woo)
Thought we’s cool, well, don’t assume, don’t assume, ayy

I’m the truth, oh, they want some proof? Here, don’t be rude
Somethin’ new, even when I lose, I make it look cool
Do the show, then we hit the room, wife is lookin’, oh
What to do? I don’t need the shades up to like the view (Yeah)It’s time to get back in the swing of things
When my life crashes, I’m not the guy that’ll flee the scene
I’ll take ownership and own it and raise my hand if it’s me
Just remember though, I’m only a man, I’m a human being
Don’t they see? Shoot the breeze, I’d rather just stay discrete
People claim they’re in your corner, but leave you in times of need
They don’t listen, do they? (What?)

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They don’t listen to anything
I’ll accept advice if it’s not presented ignorantly
Look, costs are high, they multiply
Then cause divides, I’m forced to fight
The poison I been sippin’ on has quite the bite, it killed me twice
They rigged the lights so y’all can see
The parts of mine that aren’t so bright
See, often I apologize, then authorize the awful times
To pop up (Nate!) like I’m right behind you

I’d advise you not to try to climb inside the mind like I do
Keep the rhyme book, expedite it, overnight it
Hold it tight and hope that time is on my side
‘Cause if it’s not, then I’ll decide to override my own demise
I tow the line too close and I could improvise
I’d empathize, but recognize
The fact that I could jeopardize and wreck our lives
You better give me your attention, the undivided

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Paid my dues, made it through (Woo, woo, woo)
Spread the news, I’m on the loose (Woo, woo, woo)
Makin’ moves, I need some room (Woo, woo, woo)
Thought we’s cool, well, don’t assume, don’t assume, ayy
Paid my dues, made it through (Woo, woo, woo)
Spread the news, I’m on the loose (Woo, woo, woo)
Makin’ moves, I need some room (Woo, woo, woo)
Thought we’s cool, well, don’t assume, don’t assume, ayy

More NF

NF announced in September the second North American leg of The Search tour, set to kick off Spring 2020.

The 28-date run will begin April 9 in Little Rock, Arkansas and continue throughout the U.S., stopping in cities the original run failed to stop at.

You can check out the dates for NF’s second run of The Search tour, below. Tickets and other information are available here.

Dates:

04/09 – North Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena
04/10 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
04/11 – Saint Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
04/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
04/14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
04/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
04/17 – Chicago, IL @ Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
04/18 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo RiverWorks
04/20 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
04/21 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
04/22 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
04/24 – Toronto, ON @ REBEL
04/26 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
04/28 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Special Events Center
04/29 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Wellness Arena

05/01 – Tampa, FL @ Yuengling Center
05/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
05/05 – Huntsville, AL [email protected] Von Braun Center Arena
05/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
05/08 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
05/10 – Park City, KS @ Hartman Arena
05/11 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
05/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
05/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
05/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
05/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
05/18 – San Diego, CA @ Park at the Park – Petco Park

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