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Nine Livez


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Audio CD, March 7, 1995
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  • Audio CD (March 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astor Place Recordin
  • ASIN: B000000CIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ova Confident
2. Redrum
3. Da Fundamentalz
4. Hit Em Like Dis
5. Who U Won Test
6. Whutcha Want?
7. Fo'eva Blunted
8. Peel
9. Retaliate
10. Tha Cypha
11. Ahh Shit
12. Everybody Won Heaven (Redrum The Remix)
13. Any Emcee
14. Ta Rasss

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If you can find a copy of this, buy it right now...
Deuce
He's got a great, rough, pre-DMX style voice, smooth flow, and best and most importantly, he's clever.
D. Chang
These albums are essential for anyone's hip hop collection.
jago

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deuce on June 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Man, I remember this CD was blowin up back in the day, then he all of a sudden fell off the face of the earth. It's a shame, too, because this was an awesome disc. I spent many days my sophmore year of high school dipping out at lunch and driving and smoking with friends with this cd playing at full volume, so these tracks bring back some great memories for me.

With a pre-DMX rasp to his voice, clever rhymes, and great music to boot, this CD was great. Standout tracks include "Whutcha Want?", "Redrum", and my personal favorite, "Fo'eva Blunted" (which I certainly was in my younger days). If you can find a copy of this, buy it right now...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Chang on October 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, headz that know know that Nine is the man. Never before or ever since have I heard such ill rhymes as are on this disc. Cloud 9 is also great, but this will always be my fave. Nine got some limited air back in the day with "Whutcha Want?," but despite what he might tell you, he never really blew up. He's got a great, rough, pre-DMX style voice, smooth flow, and best and most importantly, he's clever. On the first cut he just opens up with a tirade about all the commercial rappers out there that just keep recycling the same old beats, same old rhymes, same old garbage. Not really new territory in the rap, excuse me, HIP-HOP game, but never before have I heard it as fierce and true as Nine lays it down. Peeps who know the difference between rap and hip-hop already know, Nine is the MAN!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Garcia on September 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First off if you wonder who would spent over twenty dollars on this LP, look no further I am one of them. I bought this CD used for 20 but every cent was well spent. Nine's debut LP is nothin less than mind-blowing! If you feel like me in that everything that dropped between 94-96 was the illest...this album imbodies all of that. One of my Favorites for stellar production & hardcore rhymes!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ctrx VINE VOICE on September 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bronx rapper Nine's 1995 debut was this slept-on classic, "Nine Lives." From start to finish, this is a hugely entertaining, flawless hip hop album that reflects the surreal state of hip hop in 1995. Even though he was a pretty underground MC, guys like Nine could get some radio spins and generate significant underground buzz with major label backing back then. Nine is one of the most rugged MCs you'll ever come across. His delivery is a raspy growl, which he uses to bark, yell, and even sing like a reggae toaster, and his flow's always right on point. And even though he has such a menacing front, often talking about fighting, threatening, and violence, his music is fairly good-natured. He delivers clever punchlines, references, and bashes sucker MCs with a classic b-boy approach. Nine brings a lot of positive energy to a track, always delivers awesome hooks, and his presence creates a totally enjoyable product. The production on "Nine Lives," however, is immaculate. The beats here are some of the finest from the east coast in '95. You'll hear some creative uses of horn instrumentations, hard drum patterns straight from the gutter, fuzzy and uneasy piano cadences, and rough sampling. The music has a focused, consistent feel and emits some gorgeous vibes very frequently. The thing about this album is that each track individually is so good in its own right, there's so many here that could be truly classic singles. There's not even one song that I wouldn't call great, that's the level of consistency here. In contrast to the (great) cover, this album has a light and fun feel to it. "Nine Livez" was one of the best albums of '95, and today it's still slept-on like a bed. Beautiful production and a completely dope MC make "Nine Livez" a classic.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hollyberry130 on March 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First off, let me just say that this cd was hard to come by, seeing as the label that signed Nine back in the day went bankrupt, and as a result, all the prints were pulled from shelves and the only place you could really find it was in used music stores, or here online. And it was a little pricey, but regardless of the fact, this CD is completely worth it. The beats are ill, the rhymes flow smooth, and Nine is completely unique--not like all those other rappers out there trying so desperately to be different & stand out. I was jammin to this when it first came out in the 90's and I was completely hooked. I highly recommend this to any old-school hiphop head (esp. those that can appreciate the late 80's/early 90's old-school). This cd is one of the best cds, will always be a classic favorite. I give it 5 stars all across the board.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Encise on December 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The gravelly voiced Nine (so called because the number had a special and almost mysterious way of cropping up in his life) was a Funkmaster Flex protege revered by those who place an equal focus on the beats and production - in addition to lyrical dexterity of an emcees delivery. With a respectful nod towards the old school with a liberal peppering of MC Shan and Run DMC samples, Nine eschewed the grittier, harder edged street style, typical of New York emcees of the period.

Lead single "Watchuwant" with its jeep-riding video, its follow up, the Rakim-sampling "Any Emcee" and "The Cypha" are clearly the best cuts on the album. Overall, the album is well produced and because Nine never "blew up" commercially, the deleted CD is hard to find and commands a high second hand price.
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