Video: Nef The Pharaoh – “Bling Blaow” ft. Slimmy B of SOB x RBE

The Boundlessly Energetic Emcee Shares a Video, Premiered by Highsnobiety, for a Most Necessary-Placing Highlight from The Chang Project


Critical Praise:

20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2016 – Neffy Got Wings (#3) – FACT

2016 was the West Coast’s time to shine, and few rappers shined as brightly as Nef – FACT

“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

“There may be no rapper working right now who brings more good cheer and positive vibes than Vallejo’s Nef the Pharaoh” – Noisey

The Video:

With an elastic flow and a unique charisma, Nef The Pharaoh is one of the most popular and promising artists in the new wave of Bay Area rap. Demanding his haters to take notice of his victories, Nef stunts on the fun-loving yet intimidating Bling Blaow.” A towering banger with booming bass and hypnotic multi-tracked vocals on the chorus, “Bling Blaow” demonstrates Nef’s talent for flow artistry and his ability to transform a classic Bay Area beat into something strange and exciting. In the video, premiered by Highsnobiety, Nef displays the regal charisma that inspired his peers to elevate him as a leader of the new Bay Area scene, posing with his bedazzled KILFMB chain, shaking his dreads in a jewelry store, and fearlessly breaking a convenience store’s “No Loitering” policy. Featuring a guest verse from Slimmy B of SOB x RBE and featuring cameos from E-40OMB Peezy, and other members of SOB x RBE, the Vallejo-set video is stuffed with innovative editing techniques, cutting in still photos and flashy visuals to great effect. Listed for weeks on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist, “Bling Blaow” is a highlight from The Chang Project, an effervescent portrait of the 22-year-old’s life as a rising rapper and recent father and an engaging picture of the current state of Bay Area rap.

Combining an old-school, colorful rhyming style with pristine, state-of-the-art Bay Area production, Nef’s The Chang Project is a mature effort from the Sick Wid It signee, representative of his growth from teenaged phenom to a father and a leader. “Bling Blaow” is the third high quality visual from the project, following the Noisey-premiered, SXSW-set “Spice,” which featured SOB x RBE’s Yhung T.O., and the more recent release of Move4,” featuring OMB Peezy and Jay Ant, filmed at skateparks near Venice Beach. Boasting appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Larry June, Caleborate, SOB x RBE, OMB PeezyJay Ant, and others, The Chang Project is an appetizer for The Big Chang Theory, Nef’s upcoming debut album. “I feel like I’m being rewarded for doing something good.” said Nef in his recent GEN F feature for The FADER. “God got a plan for everyone, and this is his plan for me. It feels good. Dopamine!”

Watch “Bling Blaow” ft. Slimmy B of SOB x RBE:

Listen to The Chang //

Check out the Highsnobiety premiere:

Catch Nef The Pharaoh at MoMA’s Ps1 event on August 5th alongside A$AP Ferg:

Buy Tickets for EMPIRE’s 2nd Annual Summer Classic, ft. Nef, Freddie Gibbs and more (August 18th):

Upcoming Tour Dates:
August 19th – Reno, NV (Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor)
August 25th – Fresno, CA (Strummer’s)
August 26th – Petaluma, CA (The Phoenix Theatre)

Please contact Michelle or Isabel for more info.

The 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 RecordsNef 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 Wingsa collaborative EP which released in January, and by accompanying G-EazyA$AP Ferg, and Marc E. Bassy on the national When It’s Dark Out Tour. Nef’s next project, Fresh Outta Space 3, came out September 1st.


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“Bling Blaow!” ft. SOB x RBE (Slimmy B): //

“Move4” ft. OMB Peezy & Jay Ant:

“Create a Wave” ft. 24hrs:

The Chang //

“Back Out” ft. Ty Dolla $ign:

“Spice” ft. SOB x RBE (Yhung T.O.):

“Put You On” ft. Juvenile:

Fresh Out Space 3:

Neffy Got Wings

“Big Tymin'”:

Bio, photos, and streams available here: