9 Piece

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"9 Piece"
Rick Ross - 9 Piece.png
Single by Rick Ross featuring T.I. or Lil Wayne
from the album Ashes to Ashes
Released May 10, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:17 (T.I. version)
3:59 (Lil Wayne version)
Label Maybach Music Group, Def Jam, Slip-n-Slide
Songwriter(s) William Leonard Roberts II, Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., Dwayne Carter, Lexus Lewis
Producer(s) Lex Luger
Rick Ross singles chronology
"Ima Boss"
(2011)
"9 Piece"
(2011)
"I'm on One"
(2011)
"Ima Boss"
(2011)
"9 Piece"
(2011)
"I'm on One"
(2011)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Dirty Dancer"
(2011) Dirty Dancer2011
"9 Piece"
(2011) 9 Piece2011
"Ballin'"
(2011) Ballin'2011

"9 Piece" is a song by American rapper Rick Ross. There are two versions, one featuring T.I. and the other – Lil Wayne. The song was originally placed on Ross' mixtape Ashes to Ashes and later released as a single from his fifth studio album, God Forgives, I Don't (2011). However, despite peaking at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song did not make the final cut for the album. In 2013, "9 Piece" was featured on the soundtrack of Sofia Coppola's film The Bling Ring.

Background[edit]

"9 Piece" was produced by Lex Luger, with whom Ross had previously worked on the single "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)", as well as "MC Hammer" off of his 2010 studio album Teflon Don. The original version of "9 Piece" with a guest verse by T.I. was featured on Ross' mixtape Ashes to Ashes, which was released on December 24, 2010. A new version was recorded later, with Lil Wayne replacing T.I. The second version was released as a single from God Forgives, I Don't on May 10, 2011.[1][2] Despite being a commercial success, the song was left out of the final track list for the album.

Music video[edit]

Each version of the song has its own music video. The first video was directed by MMG's in-house director Spiff TV, and was released on December 24, 2010, coinciding with the release of Ashes to Ashes.[3] The official music video for the second version, directed by Gil Green, was released on June 24, 2011.[4] It shows Rick Ross and Lil Wayne at various locations, including a restaurant, its parking lot, a strip club and a pool club. The rappers are organizing drug deals via their iPhones while under police surveillance. The video features cameo appearances from Gunplay, Torch, Young Breed, 8Ball & MJG, DJ Khaled, French Montana and Birdman.[5] Alex Young of Consequence of Sound commented on the video: "Strippers, guns, drugs, and…iPhones? Check, check, check, and check."[6] As of May 2014, it has gained over 4 million views on YouTube.[7]

The Bling Ring[edit]

"9 Piece" was featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 crime film The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola.[8] The soundtrack was supervised by frequent Coppola collaborator Brian Reitzell and contains a mix of music ranging between hip-hop, krautrock and electronic.[9] Reitzell tried to find contemporary music that would fit within the film's setting, commenting "I spent a few months listening to everything that is out now, and then going back a bit to when the story actually happened."[10] "9 Piece" is featured in one of the first scenes of the film, where the characters of Katie Chang and Claire Julien are seen rapping to the song, while it's playing from their car's stereo system.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 61
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 32
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[13] 18

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States May 10, 2011 Digital download Maybach Music Group, Def Jam, Slip-n-Slide

References[edit]

  1. ^ "9 Piece (feat. Lil Wayne) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rick Ross - 9 Piece". DJ Booth. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rick Ross - 9 Piece / Even Deeper". WorldStarHipHop. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Video: Rick Ross f/ Lil Wayne "9 Piece"". Complex. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rick Ross And Lil Wayne Hustle In ’9 Piece’ Video". MTV. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Video: Rick Ross feat. Lil Wayne – “9 Piece” (NSFW)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "9 Piece (Director's Cut) (Explicit)". Vevo via YouTube. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Bling Ring: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Explicit] [+digital booklet]". Amazon.com. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Pelly, Jenn (17 May 2014). "Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring Features Kanye, Frank Ocean, M.I.A., More, Score by Oneohtrix Point Never". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mertens, Max (June 6, 2013). "Inside 'The Bling Ring' Soundtrack". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rick Ross – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Rick Ross.
  12. ^ "Rick Ross – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Rick Ross.
  13. ^ "Rick Ross – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for Rick Ross.