Nine Livez

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Nine Livez
Nine Livez.jpg
Studio album by Nine
Released March 7, 1995
Recorded 1994
Genre Hip hop, rap
Label Profile
Producer Rob Lewis, Tony Stoute
Nine chronology
Nine Livez
(1995)
Cloud 9
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Nine Livez is the debut album by rapper, Nine.

Background[edit]

Nine Livez was released through Profile Records on March 7, 1995.

Three singles were released from the album. The first was "Whutcha Want?", released on January 24, 1995. The song was Nine's most successful single, reaching #50 on the Billboard 200, his only single to reach that chart, while also reaching three other Bllboard charts, gaining the most success on the Hot Rap Singles chart where it peaked at 3. The second single was Any Emcee, released on March 28, 1995. The song heavily sampled the bass line of "I'll Be Around" by The Spinners, while the chorus was taken from Eric B. & Rakim's "My Melody". "Any Emcee" made it to three Billboard charts, its highest chart position was 21 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales. The third was "Ova Confident", but it did not reach the Billboard charts.[2] All three singles had promotional music videos shot and released.

Reception[edit]

Critically, Nine Livez was met with favorable reviews, Allmusic gave the album a solid 3 out of a possible 5 stars calling the album "Far from a classic, Nine Livez is an under-appreciated album from an underrated artist".[3] Rap Reviews gave the album a more favorable review, giving it 8.0 out of a possible 10 and calling it "one of the best albums of 1995, if not the entire decade".[4]

Nine Livez peaked at 90 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, reaching both those positions on March 25, 1995.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (Death of a Demo)" / "Ova Confident"
  2. "Redrum"
  3. "Da Fundamentalz"
  4. "Hit Em Like Dis" (featuring Froggy Frog)
  5. "Who U Won Test"
  6. "Whutcha Want?"
  7. "Fo'eva Blunted"
  8. "Peel"
  9. "Retaliate" (featuring A.R.L. Da X'Rsis)
  10. "Tha Cypha"
  11. "Ahh Shit"
  12. "Everybody Won Heaven (Redrum The Remix)"
  13. "Any Emcee"
  14. "Ta Rasss"

Bonus Tracks on 2014 Smoke On Records re-issue[edit]

  1. "Me, Myself And My Microphone"
  2. "Whutcha Want? (Remix)"

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 90
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Nine's chart history at Billboard.com". Billboard.com. 2010-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Nine Livez review at Allmusic.com". Allmusic.com. 2010-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Nine Livez review at Rapreviews.com". Rapreviews.com. 2001-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Nine Livez chart positions at Billboard.com". Billboard.com. 2010-04-15. 

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