By Jack Barnes Polishing off a busy 2018 that boasted his debut album, a collab EP, and a tour with mentor E-40, Vallejo’s Nef The Pharaoh looks to put an exclamation mark on the year with a strong finish. Today, Nef The Pharaoh announces Vice Versa, his upcoming joint EP with ShooterGang Kony, a 17-year-old rising star in […]

By Jack Barnes Bending his elastic flow around hyperactive Bay Area beats, Nef The Pharaoh is the Crown Prince of the East Bay. Opening up for an emotionally vulnerable and romantic new single, Nef shares “What We Have,” his latest single. Rhyming and singing over a glistening, tempo-shifting instrumental from Juneonnabeat, Nef pledges his devotion to […]

OMB Peezy By Jack Barnes Specializing in heartfelt and street smart Southern Rap, OMB Peezy blasted onto the scene in 2017 with his distinctive drawl and righteous anger. Following up eighteen months worth of viral singles and acclaimed EPs, Peezy announces Loyalty Over Love, his debut album. Stuffed with glistening Dirty South instrumentals, Loyalty Over […]

Rexx Life Raj By Jack Barnes Using his expressive pen and silky vocals to explore inward and comment on society, Rexx Life Raj seeks to provoke thought with his music. On the guitar-led “Never Had Shit,” Raj opens up about his personal evolution, from admiring those who’ve survived life in the streets to […]

Nef The Pharaoh By Jack Barnes With an elastic flow, boundless energy, and clever rhymes, Nef The Pharoah is one of the Bay Area’s most popular and creative young emcees. Looking to his youthful TV favorites for inspiration, Nef provides a lively update to a classic Nickelodeon theme song on “Kenan & Kel.” Riding […]

Rexx Life Raj By Jack Barnes Gliding over innovative electronic instrumentals with an unshakeable sense of melody and a cerebral introspection, Rexx Life Raj uses his art to probe life’s deepest questions. Sometimes, though, he just likes to let loose. Cleverly boasting about his rhyming and earning prowess, Raj takes a break from introspection […]

Nef The Pharaoh By Jack Barnes Radiating off-kilter charisma and boundless energy, Nef The Pharaoh makes the Bay Area bounce. Traveling to the beach in his foreign with some KIL FMB and Sick Wid It Records brethren, Nef throws us for a loop on “Poppin’ Again,” his latest video. A quick dancefloor slapper heavily steeped in ’80s R&B […]

Rexx Life Raj By Jack Barnes A favorite of tastemakers and artists alike, including Pharrell Williams, who enthusiastically co-signed him onstage at last weekend’s ComplexCon, Berkeley’s Rexx Life Raj is one of the most profound and talented artists in Hip-Hop. Floating over a halting, soulful, sample-heavy instrumental, Raj shines on “Where I Belong,” his latest video. Effortlessly […]