- Audio CD (March 7, 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Profile
- ASIN: B000000CIT
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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...
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.
Nine's debut album is crammed full of dirty, dirty, dark beats that perfectly accentuate Nine's grimy voice (not quite Rock from Heltah Skeltah, but rougher than Smoothe the Hustler). Anyways, the production is STELLAR. More importantly, Nine is a truly dope MC. Unfortunately, most people remember him for his uniquely raspy voice and this has overshadowed his lyrical ability. It's a shame, 'cause his flow is totally on point w/ the beats and his lyrics are original and memorable.
Almost every track on this album (save 1 or 2) could be single, they're that good. I don't wanna separate any tracks from the rest (I love 'em all!) but the first single "Whutcha Want" is one of my favorite tracks ever. Also, I have to give mad props to Nine for the track "Hit 'em Like Dis," which features MC Froggy Frog, who is really Nine rhyming like a frog and trading rhymes with himself. Most people don't get this track when I play it for them, but those few who do appreciate how creative and funny it is...ahh 1995, when MC's could still have fun w/ Hip-Hop and not care what people thought.
Although this album seems kinda dark and grimy, trust me when I say that IT'S THE PERFECT STONER ALBUM. After the short intro, you'll be sold as soon as you hear "Ova Confident."
Bottom Line: This album is so good it's infectious. Nine is one Hip-Hop most unappreciated MC's and he'll always be one of my favorites. 5 Stars, peace.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nine Livez is an exceptional CD from start to finish. It is easily a classic album. AnyEmCee & Peel are my favorite tracks... Read morePublished 16 months ago by fanofthearts585
What a lyricist...dont understand how he hasn't gained more attention. Sharp and intelligent.... a must if you are an old school hip hop fanPublished on November 9, 2012 by Alias
The reason this album is very rare is because the record label that produced it, "Profile", went bankrupt and pulled all of the albums off the shelves. Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by David
This is one of my all-time favorite albums and you simply cannot find this quality very often these days. I sure wish his stuff wasn't so rare so more people could enjoy his stuff. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Jeremy Baker
this album is so great. the jazzy loops. the rich soulful sound and the chaotic sounds of nine. he's like mobb deep on the infamous. i mean production. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Gerald D. Garrett Jr.
Nine is another one of those MCs from NYC that had that one hot song that blew up but no one had his album. Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Face Phoenix
Nine (9MM) is one of those rappers that not many people has never heard of. With his 1995 debut album "Nine Livez", you would see why everyone believe he is underrated. Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by Chandler