MP3: Nef The Pharaoh – “Dumb Life”
Vallejo Rapper Nef The Pharaoh Goes Dumb On Single From Fresh Outta Space 3, Due Out Tomorrow
“Neffy Got Wings is the album of the week” – Stereogum
“…the best rapper from Vallejo since the last great rapper from Vallejo” – Jeff Weiss
“…as a rapper, [Nef the Pharaoh] lets the energy lead and the bars follow, boasting and flexing with the kinds of memorable banalities that make up some of hip-hop’s best yet least-celebrated moments.” – Pitchfork
“Nef The Pharaoh is the Bay Area’s next up.” – HotNewHipHop
“Nef the Pharaoh runs neck-and-neck with Kodak Black as the most promising up-and-coming rapper who can’t yet rent a car.” – SPIN
“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. 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 Raj for “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.
Listen to “Dumb Life”: https://soundcloud.com/nefidelaphante/dumb-life
Fresh Outta Space 3 Tracklist
Nef The Pharaoh Background
Praised by Jeff Weiss as “the best rapper from Vallejo since the last great rapper from Vallejo,” the legendMac Dre being his predecessor, 21 -year-old Nef The Pharaoh is one of the Bay Area’s most exciting young emcees. 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. Featuring the breakthrough radio hit “Big Tymin’,” which charted at #34 on San Francisco’s 106 KMEL‘s Top 106 Songs of 2015 and earned more than 7.7 million views on YouTube, the Nef The Pharaoh EP firmly established the rapper on the national scene. Nef followed his breakthrough project by joining producer Cardo for Neffy Got Wings, a collaborative EP which released in January, and by accompanying G-Eazy, A$AP Ferg, and Marc E. Bassy on the national When It’s Dark Out Tour. Nef’s next project, Fresh Outta Space 3, releases September 1st.
“Dumb Life”: https://soundcloud.com/nefidelaphante/dumb-life
“Everything Big”: https://youtu.be/eAE830Li_GE
Neffy Got Wings: https://soundcloud.com/nefidelaphante/sets/niffy-got-wings
“Action” (ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Eric Bellinger): https://soundcloud.com/nefidelaphante/action-feat-ty-dolla-sign-eric-bellinger
“No Masturbation”: https://soundcloud.com/nefidelaphante/no-masturbation
Nef the Pharaoh: https://soundcloud.com/nefidelaphante/sets/nef-the-pharaoh
“Big Tymin'”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3EPYFrBaoQ