New York based producer Nef dropped his debut album Tabula Rasa today. Although he has collaborated with Ren Thomas and Dirty Sanchez. As well as produced for artists such as Termanology and Bobby J From Rockaway. Nef considers Tabula Rasa as his proper intro to the world.
He explains the significance “Tabula Rasa translates to scraped tablet, literally a fresh start. The significance to me is that I went through a really dark period growing up and was supposed to end up dead or in jail. I was in AA at the age of 17 and struggled with sobriety and finding my place in the world but luckily I kept with it (over twelve years of sobriety as of this year) and beat the odds.”
With a knack for making melodic yet gritty soundscapes, Nef has laced the album with an all-star line-up of real spitters. Tek (Smif-n-Wessun), Ras Kass, G4Jag, Rome Streetz, Wais P, Nems, Lil Fame, Madhattan, Fastlife, Mooch, Rigz, UFO Fev, and Ea$y Money, plus more.
It’s the album cover and intro track that make Nef the proudest as he relates “the album cover was done by my father, (Dennis Perrin, who is an American Impressionist Painter) we are from two different worlds really but it’s a huge moment for us to find a way to collaborate and bring him into mine.”
“Statik Selektah and Term are on the intro track and these two guys have changed my life. Moving to NYC and knowing nothing, Statik took me under his wing and introduced me to Term and they brought me around legends and amazing places and allowed me to pay my dues in this game the right way.”
Nef’s Tabula Rasa is available from the platforms below.
- Montener The Menace featuring Guilty Simpson, Micall Parknsun & El Da Sensei -The Struggle
- Onyx feat Mad Lion – Ahhh Year
- Talib Kweli & Diamond D ‘Are Gotham’ featuring Skyzoo – Attention Span
- Beneficence & Confidence feat Masta Ace & Phantasm (of Cella Dwellas) – My Way
- JFliz releases his new single – Better Way produced by Tali Rodriguez