"Anyone that listened to rap in the late 90s should remember this rugged line spitter from The Bronx"
Every now and then, we here at Unhinged Reviews, go back through the archives and pluck out one of our precious jewels from the secret stash. This month we've run across an oldie but goodie named "Nine"!
This raspy-throat scratcher hit us hard in 95' with Nine Livez and we feel that it's only right that we give this hardcore album the shine it deserves. Let's Unhinge...
You can already tell from the first few seconds of listening to this track that Derrick Keyes a.k.a Nine is well in his element. This 90s born breezy track produced by Rob Lewis allows Nine to expel his rugged vocalization in captivating rhythmic fashion. He goes into the track verbalizing what he feels what would be the crown jewels of his ideal Eutopia. You know the basic bag of green creativity, along with a lush feeling of brotherhood and peace within his community.
It really doesn't seem like he wants much, but don't we all long for that perfect day when everything goes just right and drama is no more? We hear ya, Nine and we hope that somewhere along the lines of your pen and pad, you've find that piece of heaven and oh yeah, "Mad clips for your nine".
"I came a long way like Virginia Slims, from beat down timbs to co-op cribs and jeeps with rims" -Nine(Any Emcee)
Now, before we even begin speaking on this one, you have to take into account that this was the 90s and for that time "Any Emcee" was rather remarkable. On the other hand, this song still blows away some of this bull-jive being spun on the radio, today, but that's another story.
Okay, we'll go into it..
"Any Emcee" is before rappers began throwing folks like Ne-Yo on a hook to make club songs. This is straight bars from a hardcore rapper that balanced the street with the demands of the radio. A lot of artists still struggle with this "tightrope" act today, they either go commercial and lose street fans or keep it "gangsta" and make local money.
Don't believe us? Just look at some of the more popular "hardcore" rappers today. We're not going to call any names, but you know the ones that bring that sewer grime to the mic barely get radio spins. The only way they get to the masses is either by making a song for the ladies or singing their own hooks. Just saying, that's what it's come to, but the 90s was a time, before all that compromise.
It was a time when rappers weren't a commercial doll that can be draped in polo, while a stylist touches up their makeup to prevent forehead shine onstage. It was just about raw lyrics, kind of a come as you are period in music. Now we're not knocking a lot of the very successful and talented artists of today, just making a statement that the 90s rap was different. People didn't blow from gimmicky dances and redundant ad-libs, they actually had to put their heart and sweat on the line to be heard.
Nine was from that era and we appreciate this album. Thanks for reading!
If you enjoyed this Unhinged Review of "Nine Livez", please share with another fan to pay tribute, as well as, to promote the site. Thanks in advance!