Cloud 9 (album)
|Studio album by Nine|
|Released||August 6, 1996|
Fed Spare Bedroom
Boiler Room Recordings
The Bronx, New York
Platinum Island Studios
New York City, New York
|Producer||Rob Lewis, Rockwrecka, Jesse West|
Nine had released his debut album Nine Livez the previous year. The album was an underground hit, reaching No. 90 on the Billboard 200, while also reaching the top 20 on the R&B charts. The album also spawned the crossover hit, "Whutcha Want?", which reached No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the success on "Whutcha Want?", Profile gave Nine the green light to begin work on his second album. Like his previous album, this album was mostly produced by Rob Lewis. The album featured several guest appearances, including Smoothe da Hustler and 3rd Eye, a departure from his previous album which featured virtually no guest appearance.
The album's lead single was "Lyin' King", an indirect diss to rappers who were trying to capitalize on the popular gangsta rap and mafioso rap genres at the time. It made it to No. 81 on the R&B singles chart and 21 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. The album's second single was "Make or Take", which was a duet with label-mate Smoothe da Hustler.
Brad Mills of Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars and called the album "solid from start to finish. Nine's raspy, deep catchy voice is ever present, and, with really simple beats complemented by hard basslines, it's easy to throw this back in for another round. Smoothe da Hustler makes a welcome appearance on "Make or Take," while every other track on the album bangs just as hard".
Commercially, Cloud 9 failed to sell as many copies as Nine Livez and only reached No. 45 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, not selling enough copies to reach the Billboard 200. Due to Profile Records' financial problems, the album featured virtually no promotion, with the exception of the music videos for "Lyin' King" and "Make or Take". The lack of promotion is the main reason behind the album's poor sales.
- All songs written by Derek Keyes and Rob Lewis, except as noted.
- "Know Introduction"- 2:38 (featuring King Just) (Derek Keyes, Adrian Angevin, Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, Johnnie Ray)
- "Every Man 4 Himself"- 3:11
- "We Play 4 Keeps"- 3:53
- "Tha Product"- 4:19 (featuring U-Neek) (Derek Keyes, Rob Lewis, D. Bennett)
- "Uncivilized"- 3:38 (featuring Father Shaheed) (Derek Keyes, J.A. Brown, Jr.)
- "No Part a Me"- 3:42
- "Lyin' King"- 3:36 (Derek Keyes, Rob Lewis, Paul Williams)
- "Richman, Poorman"- 2:50 (featuring 3rd Eye) (Derek Keyes, Jesse Williams)
- "Jon Doe"- 3:51
- "Make or Take"- 4:00 (featuring Smoothe Da Hustler) (Derek Keyes, Rob Lewis, Ronnie Laws)
- "Warriors"- 3:46 (featuring Bounty Killer) (Derek Keyes, Rob Lewis, J. Scilipoti)
- "4 Chicken Wings and Rice"- 3:31 (Derek Keyes, Rob Lewis, Howard Johnson)
- Recording engineer: Rob Lewis, Joe Quinde, Ken Duro Ifill, Jesse West
- Mixing: Rob Lewis, Joe Quinde, Ken Duro Ifill, Jesse West, Father Shaheed
- Mastering: Craig Bevan
- Photography: Tim Carter
- Art direction & design: Carla Leighton
- "Know Introduction"
- "Biscuit" by Portishead
- "Lyin' King"
- "4 Chicken Wings and Rice"
- "Richman, Poorman"
- "Young, Gifted & Black" by Aretha Franklin
- "Make or Take"
- "Just As You Are" by Ronnie Laws
- "Tha Product"
- "Ode To Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson
|Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||45|