Vallejo emcee Nef The Pharaoh is set to make huge waves in 2016. This week the 20 year-old is kicking off his first national tour as an opener on G-Eazy’s When It’s Dark Out Tour alongside A$AP Ferg andMarc E. Bassy, while also announcing a collaborative project with acclaimed producer Cardo, Neffy Got Wings.
#Saydaat,” features Bay Area rap vet Philthy Rich. The banger is based on Bay Area slang, as Nef explains, “‘Say daat’ is like when you’re in church and the pastor says something and the people in the church say ‘Amen,’ we say ‘say daat.’ I’m from Vallejo, we make up words every day. You know, E-40‘s soil – his home ground – is Vallejo. We make up words by the minute – righteous.”
In December, Drake shouted out Nef The Pharaoh on Instagram after the two linked during the OVO general’s trip California. Later in the month, Kehlani announced Nef The Pharaoh as the special guest for her sold out Tsunami Christmas event where he performed his hit single “Big Tymin’,” an ode to theBig Tymers and Cash Money era that San Francisco’s 106 KMEL charted at #34 on their Top 106 Songs of 2015. Signed to E-40‘s Sick Wid It Records, Nef The Pharaoh delivered his debut retail release, a self-titled EP, in November to high praise.