Nef The Pharaoh
By Jack Barnes
“The Hyphy Movement is back,” Nef The Pharaoh announces in the opening to “Dumb Life,” a single from his album due out tomorrow, Fresh Outta Space 3. He delivers on this declaration, rhyming about thizzing, gigging, and generally living the dumb life over Mike Larrry’s bass-knocking mid-tempo, party beat. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Nef demonstrates the laconic wit and eccentric personality that he displayed on the first two volumes of his Fresh Outta Space mixtape series. Now signed to E-40‘s Sick Wid It Records at age 21, and with the breakthrough hit “Big Tymin’“ under his belt, Nef is celebrating his newfound success, his happy family life, and the current talent renaissance in Bay Area Hip-Hop on Fresh Outta Space 3. After months on the road in support of G-Eazy and A$AP Ferg on the When It’s Dark Out tour, the new tape is a homecoming for the Vallejo rapper and a chance for new fans to gain a deeper understanding of where Nef comes from. Featuring appearances from Snoop Dogg, YMTK, Corn Sosa and JG and production from Cardo Got Wings, P-Lo, Arkitekz, Jay Nari of League of Stars and more, Fresh Outta Space 3 is the next step on Nef’s journey to greatness.
Fresh Outta Space 3 is as sonically diverse and funky as the Bay Area itself. “Everything Big,” the project’s P-Lo-produced and FADER-premiered first single and a spiritual successor to “Big Tymin’,” is a valedictory track about Nef’s ability to provide for himself and his family and live a life of luxury at the same time. The Architekz-produced “Do Ya Thang” is an inspirational track inspired by 2Pac’s “Keep Ya Head Up,” while the Snoop Dogg-featuring “Smoke Suffa” is the ultimate song for the heads and “ATM” is a strip club anthem. Featuring a spoken-word introduction from Sway of Shade 45‘s Sway in the Morning and an emotional closing track dedicated to Nef’s infant son, Fresh Outta Space 3 suits all moods.
Signed to E-40‘s Sick Wid It Records, Nef The Pharaoh delivered his debut retail release, a self-titled EP, in November 2015 to high critical praise and commercial success for its single “Big Tymin’.” Nef followed his breakthrough project by joining producer Cardo for Neffy Got Wings, a collaborative EP which released in January. In the ensuing months, Nef kept a high profile as a featured artist, appearing with D.R.A.M. on E-40’s “Slappin’“ which has nearly 600,000 views on YouTube, interpolating Shaggy’s immortal “It Wasn’t Me”on “H.B.I.C.” from Bay Area producer Juneonnabeat‘s solo album, joining fellow rising star Rexx Life Rajfor “Moxie Java,” and teaming with Casey Veggies for the DJ Mustard-produced “Stupidly Crazy,” stealing the spotlight from Future on the highlight from DJ Esco‘s E.T.: The Esco-Terrestrial. With Fresh Outta Space 3, Nef cements a successful 2016 and paves the way for his debut official release, coming soon.
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