NYC based beat-smith Nef drops his solo debut LP, Tabula Rasa this morning. While he has unleashed a good amount of work on the world already, including collaborative projects with Ren Thomas and Dirty Sanchez as well as several joints on Termanology‘s Vintage Horns LP he considers this his proper introduction to the world.
As 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. This includes all of the afore-mentioned artists as well as Tek (Smif-n-Wessun), Ras Kass, G4Jag, Rome Streetz, Wais P, Nems, Lil Fame, Madhattan, Fastlife, Mooch, Rigz, UFO Fev, Ea$y Money and a host of other notables.