Soul, Funk, R&B, & Hip-Hop

Nef the Pharaoh

When: Sat., June 20, 9 p.m. 2015

Last December, E-40 released Sharp on All Corners. One of its more telling guest features now appears to be the young Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh. In 40’s verse, he name-checks what’s considered the first Vallejo rap record, “Hubba Head” by Khayree & the Luvva Twins. Teed up by the city’s undisputed rap sultan like that, Nef handles the next verse with an anecdote about talkin’ business with the boss of where I’m from. In January, Nef dropped the video for “Big Tymin,” which set his wheezy flow to a spare synth lead and mob back-up vocals. It has about a million views. “Old School Hyphy,” released in March, found Nef revisiting the self-aggrandizing theme with a school twist: More money than my teacher and he failed my ass/Make a class about cash and you bet I’ll pass. His delivery hangs just behind the beat, each word enunciated carefully but without fuss, and it oozes confidence. Nef the Pharaoh — who appears at Shadow Ultra Lounge (341 13th St., Oakland) on Saturday with his group, 22nd Letter, also featuring Cousin Fik and Willie Joe — recently signed to E-40’s own Sick Wid It label.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $15, $20

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