Tonee Hayes (born January 11, 1995), better known by his stage name Nef the Pharaoh, is an American rapper from Vallejo, California. In 2014 he was selected by fans as the "Bay Area Freshman of the Year" in a yearly contest held by Thizzler.com. In early 2015, his track "Big Tymin'" became a regional hit, with a music video released shortly after Nef the Pharaoh signed with Sick Wid It Records. "Big Tymin'" was remixed by YG and Ty Dolla $ign in July 2015, and his self-titled debut EP was released on Sick Wid It on November 6, 2015. He released his full-length debut album titled The Chang Project on April 27, 2017.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 2.1 Early releases
- 2.2 "Big Tymin'" single (2015)
- 2.3 Remixes and performances (2015-present)
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Discography
- 4.1 Studio albums
- 4.2 Extended plays
- 4.3 Mixtapes
- 4.4 Singles
- 4.4.1 as Featured artist
- 4.5 Guest appearances
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Tonee Hayes was born on January 11, 1995 in Oakland, California. He was featured on the cover of the Vallejo Times-Herald at the age of 17. Hayes has cited Vallejo rappers like Mac Dre and E-40 as significant influences on his style. He was given the nickname Nef (short for nephew) from his uncle, which he incorporated into part of his stage name. He went to Inderkum High School and later transferred to Discovery High School.
Starting his music career as an "internet freestyler," in 2014 Nef the Pharaoh had what Vice Media referred to as a "local hit" with the single "Bitch I'm From Vallejo." In 2014, E-40 contacted Giggles about Bay Cookies, and Nef the Pharaoh was subsequently featured on E-40's Sharp On All 4 Corners album. In 2014 he was selected by fans as the "Bay Area Freshman of the Year" held by Thizzler.com. Early on he performed at the last held "Bay Area Freshman" concert. His single "I'm From Vallejo" was remixed with features from E-40 and Willie Joe of Vallejo. As of copyright, Nef the Pharaoh was working on his new album.
"Big Tymin'" single (2015)
In July 2015 Nef the Pharaoh released his track "Big Tymin'" which featured lyrics paying tribute to Big Tymers members Birdman and Mannie Fresh. The song is "an homage to New Orleans bounce music."
"Nef's other records suggest a more pertinent rap influence is the languid precision of Mac Dre — while the mood has the reassuring warmth of a springtime sunbeam. This spirit perfectly captures the whimsical goofiness of the Big Tymers. Built on the slumping Bay Area rhythmic template popularized by DJ Mustard, Nef dodges the derivative; as a rapper, he 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. Everything about the record suggests tossed-off effervescence, its formal components underlining its unpretentious messaging."— — Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork called "Big Tymin'" a "major hit," writing "its lyrics are loosely structured and almost free-associative." Complex Magazine wrote in May 2015 that "Big Tymin'" is "a Bay-style tribute to classic Cash Money... compared with Bankroll Fresh, whose 'Hot Boy' flipped a similar trick, 'Big Tymin" is bright, upbeat fun—much closer in spirit to its inspiration than the ATLien's dour repetition." The Vice Media site Noisey wrote about the track that "with 'Big Tymin',' he has another clap on his hands. Paying homage to Cash Money’s Big Tymers, Nef goes in on a minimal beat...."
Remixes and performances (2015-present)
The music websites Noisey and Thizzler on the Roof included "Big Tymin'" on their On th... ...read more