Nine (rapper)

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Birth name Derrick Keyes
Also known as Ricochet, Nine (Double M), 9 Double M, 9MM
Born (1969-09-19) September 19, 1969 (age 48)
Origin Bronx, New York City, USA
Genres Hardcore Hip Hop
Years active 1985—Present
Labels Danya Records (1985)
Turngold Records(1986-1987)
Profile Records/Arista/BMG Records (1993-1998)
Smoke On Records (2009-2018)
Goon MuSick (2018)

Nine is the stage name of Derrick Keyes (born September 19, 1969), an American rapper from The Bronx, New York City, New York. He also been known as 9MM or Nine Double M. Known for his harsh, gravelly flow and distinctive voice, Keyes got his break in late 1993 as a featured guest on Funkmaster Flex and the Ghetto Celebs' "Six Million Ways to Die".

Keyes originally recorded under the moniker 9MM (or Nine Double M) before changing his name to simply Nine. He stated, "I didn't want to be just be named after the gun (9mm)."[1] His stage name refers to his date of birth (9/19/1969), his shoe size, and his lucky number.[2]



Derrick first heard hip-hop in 11 years, in 1980. A few years later, in 1985 he became a rapper under the name Ricochet, together with his friend Tito Navedo, also known as Centipede, founded the duo "Ricochet And Centipede", which released the one single "Charlie Brown"/"Bogus Beat" in 1985. In 1986, the duo was joined by a young Aston Taylor and change the name of the group to Dueces Wild. In total, the group released 3 singles: "Hard Is Hard" (1986), "He Writes His, I Write Mine" / "Kangol" (1987) and "Five Times The Rhymer" / "Duces Is Def" (1988) produced by DJ Chuck Chillout. Tito Navedo left the group in 1988, remain Derrick and Aston Taylor. In 1991, Aston Taylor called himself Funkmaster Flex, and Derrick - Nine Double M, they released a joint EP "F.A.L.L.I.N. (And You Can not Get Up)". In 1993, was released their most famous single, "Six Million Ways To Die". Then they're going apart and Derrick began a solo career, and decided to call himself just Nine.

Nine's debut album, Nine Livez, was released by the now-defunct record label Profile Records. Produced by Rob Lewis and Tony Stoute, the album produced the singles "Whutcha Want?" and "Any Emcee" (which samples Eric B. & Rakim).

Portions of Nine's "Whutcha Want?" were featured in advertisements by US automobile manufacturer Jeep. The ads used the song "Steady Bounce" by KRS-One from his album Strickly For Da Breakdancers & Emceez, which also used a sample from Nine’s "Whutcha Want?". According to an interview conducted with, Jeep never sought permission to use the sample, and Nine pursued legal action.[1]

Other pursuits[edit]

Nine acted in an episode of the police drama television series New York Undercover (1997).[3]


Nas referred to 9 Double M on the track "Where are They Now?" from his album Hip Hop Is Dead. He is also referred to on the track "Twinz (Deep Cover ’98)" from Big Pun's debut album Capital Punishment, where Fat Joe says "Boogie Down major like Nine" referring to Nine's lyric in his song "Whutcha Want?" where Nine describes himself as a "Boogie Down Bronx major".

Collaboration with Snowgoons[edit]

After Nine joined the Snowgoons on their album entitled "Goon Bap" in 2016, they have been talking about new music and finally decided to move forward on a collaboration album. In February 2018, Nine and Snowgoons announcing a new studio album for summer 2018. The first single/visual "The Revenant" from the forthcoming album was released on February 7, 2018.[4] On July 6, 2018, Nine and Snowgoons announced the release date for a new album entitled "King": September 9, 2018. After 4 days was released the second single/visual "Pull Up".[5] [6]



List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Nine Livez
  • Released: March 7, 1995
  • Label: Profile
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
90 18
Cloud 9
  • Released: August 6, 1996
  • Label: Profile
  • Format: CD, cassette, digital download, LP
  • Released: April 9, 2009
  • Label: Smoke On
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: September 9, 2018
  • Label: Goon MuSick
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1995 "Whutcha Want?" 50 32 3 Nine Livez
"Any Emcee" 90 35
1996 "Lyin' King" 82 21 Cloud 9


  1. ^ a b » Nine (9MM)
  2. ^ "Tina's tip sheet", The Milwaukee Journal
  3. ^ Nine > Overview at
  6. ^ "Nine — «Pull Up» (prod. by Snowgoons)". Retrieved 2018-07-11. 

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