Mushrooms & Coloring Books

Mushrooms & Coloring Books

The Bay Area has no shortage of worthy rap representatives, though far too often the wider hip-hop narrative leaves their talents out of the conversation. So when Nef The Pharoah’s 2015 single “Big Tymin’” went from regional to national, it counted as a righteous win for the engaging E-40 associate. Still pushing his spin on a homegrown sound, he drops this fresh and fun set made all the better by his playful yet potent flow. From the turntable scratches and snapping snares of “Drought” to the narcotized house beats of “Purple Cups,” Nef gleefully indulges in unabashed hedonism while stacking his paper. Amid the flexing and mischief, he stays vigilant about his business, wary of haters, fakes, and snakes on “Stick to Myself.”

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