Updated: May 13
In this interview hosted by Jada Rice, Nef The Pharaoh breaks down what it takes to be successful in the music industry and who he would love to do a project with.
Jada Rice: How’s Quarantine life been treating you and your family? And what have you been doing to keep yourself motivated and busy?
Nef The Pharaoh: It’s cool. I actually was just talking to a friend the other day. Like, I’m glad I get to benefit from this even though I don’t get the chance to be on tour and do shows, I'm still getting money off of streaming and money off of music and I get the chance to really spend quality time with my kids because I would be on tour right now like crazy.
Jada Rice: What was your first show suppose to be?
Nef The Pharaoh: I couldn’t even tell you off the bat. I would have to look that up.
Jada Rice: What’s been keeping kind of like motivated and busy?
Nef The Pharaoh: Man, just life, like 20 has hit me from all different angles, you know what I’m saying. Like tragedy, triumph, losses, wins so it was just everyday life that just keeps me inspired. My kids you know sibling’s everyday life.
Jada Rice: What are your music influencers?
Nef The Pharaoh: I get my confidence and swag from Mac Dre and Future. On financial and boss type would be my sensei E-40. Other than that, me and my peers we learn from each other and our OG’s.
Jada Rice: What made you decide to pursue a career in entertainment?
Nef The Pharaoh: I come from a big musical family; I have a lot of siblings. Some of them do arts, sports and music. I always knew I wanted to do music. It was something I fell in love with at the age of 4. In kindergarten I told my teacher I want to be a rapper when I grow up. That’s how I learned in school too off of rhymes.
Jada Rice: What is your creativity process like?
Nef The Pharaoh: I have to have my Backwood in my studio, vibe right, and lights dim. I don’t allow too many people around me while I’m recording. Slapping beats, maybe a little liquor here and there. I freestyle until I can’t anymore. I prefer patron silver. Hennessey makes me feel slow and tired.
Jada Rice: What drives you?
Nef The Pharaoh: My kids. My number motivation every day two little boys. Children are sponges and they are the future. My older son is going to be a musician and younger son is gong to be in sports. My oldest is 5 and youngest is 1.
Jada Rice: Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming a successful artist?
Nef The Pharaoh: Learn the business. Learn how to be independent, how to upload your music, keep track of your stream and start your LLC. Good to have constructive criticism. Like e40 will teach you how to hunt and kill.
Jada Rice: What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful artist?
Nef The Pharaoh: You have to have the voice. Your voice is your weapon. You have to have the image and confidence. Confidence is key.
Jada Rice: What's your scariest experience?
Nef The Pharaoh: Movie Tour with Kool John and P-Lo. I was young around 21 and bought a lot of syrup on tour. While on stage performing the speakers would beat my ears and I did not feel ok. I would not recommend syrup. You have to have your good health.
Jada Rice: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
Nef The Pharaoh: When I reach $50k. That motivated me to go even harder.
Jada Rice: What is your dream project?
Nef The Pharaoh: To do a whole CD with Future produced by Pharrell and Andre 3000.
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