Bay Area rhymer Nef The Pharaoh crossed off one accomplishment off his bucket list by teaming with his childhood idol, Juvenile, for “Put You On”, which follows the rapper’s “Big Tymin’,” a salute to Cash Money Records.
“I met Juvenile through Da Boy Dame, who is like a plug in the Bay Area. Him and Juvenile are real good peoples,” explains Nef in a statement to Billboard. “Juvie had already heard my songs and said he was a real fan and that he would knock out this song for me. The first time we had ever seen each other was at Hiero Day when we performed the song together. It was like when I met Kanye — overwhelming, like, ‘Damn, this is one of the people who created “Big Chang Chang.”‘”
His admiration for Juvie runs deep. “Everyone was on that Atlanta hype before I put out ‘Big Tymin” — songs like ‘#1 Stunna’ and ‘Oh Yeah!’ bring back good memories of riding around with my dad or my mom. I was just a little dude with a camo bandana around my neck because I loved Juvenile. Baller Blockin’ is one of my favorite movies.”
Nef continues, “The [Hot Boys/Big Tymers] meshed as a group but still maintained individuality. That showed me unity and brotherhood. The artwork was intriguing to a young boy in the ‘hood who never had nothing. I would close my eyes and envision me sitting next to them in the boss chairs or Range Rovers. The CD covers gave me hope. They allowed me to see a vision that I couldn’t see where I was from.”
“Put You On” serves as the first release off Nef The Pharaoh’s forthcoming project. “I need a plaque. I don’t care if it’s gold, bronze, silver, or platinum, I want a f—ing plaque,” he says. “I know for sure I’m gonna get a plaque off my next album The Big Chang Theory.”