Nines (rapper)

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Background information
Birth nameCourtney Freckleton[1][2]
Also known asNina with the Nina
Born17 January 1990
OriginHarlesden, London, England
GenresBritish hip hop
Years active2010–2019
LabelsXL Recordings
Associated acts

Courtney Freckleton (born 17 January 1990), better known by his stage name Nines, is a British rapper and songwriter from Harlesden, North West London. After releasing a string of mixtapes between 2011 and 2015, Nines signed to XL Recordings and released his debut album One Foot Out (2017), which charted in the top 4 of the UK Albums Chart. He later released a short film entitled ‘Crop Circle’ two days after this he released an album under the same name of the film on 20 April 2018. With features from artists such as Dave, Skrapz, Yung Fume, SL, Ray BLK and Haile from WSTRN.

Early life[edit]

Freckleton grew up in the Church Road area of Harlesden, north west London,[3] and is of Jamaican descent. In April 2008, Nines' brother, Wayne Freckleton (also known as Zino), was gunned down and murdered in an alleged gangland attack.[2][4] He was thought to be a member of CRS (Church Road Soldiers). In 2013, Nines was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.[2][3]

He is an active member of the rap collective CRS/ICB/CSB (Church Road Soldiers/Ice City Boyz/CrimeScene Boyz) alongside Likkle T, Skrapz, Fatz, Keyz, Trapstar Toxic, Streetz, Inch, Supa, Fundz, Jambo and others. Nines is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club.[2]

Musical career[edit]

2010–14: Early mixtapes[edit]

In 2012, Nines released his debut mixtape From Church Road to Hollywood.[3] This was followed by Gone Till November (2013) the following year and titled after his absence from the music scene due to his imprisonment.[5] Nines gradually saw a rise in popularity through his freestyle videos posted on online rap platform SB.TV. Nines' online music videos for his third mixtape, Loyal to the Soil (2014), gained significant attention. "Money on My Mind" quickly amassed millions of views on YouTube.[6]

2015–17: One Foot In and One Foot Out[edit]

The song "Can't Blame Me" from his fourth mixtape One Foot In (2015) gained 10 million views.[7] The mixtape One Foot In served as a prequel to his debut album.

The first promotional music video for One Foot Out was "Trapper of the Year", released on 27 August 2016, amassing more than 10 million views.[8]

In December 2016, Nines signed to British independent label XL Recordings, partnering with them to release his debut studio album One Foot Out (2017).[9] The release date was announced the day before its release, becoming available for purchase on 10 February 2017.[10] It entered the UK Albums Chart at number 4, becoming one of the few English rappers to receive a top 5 album in recent years, among the likes of Skepta, Giggs and Krept and Konan.

2018–present: Crop Circle[edit]

In early April 2018, Nines released his first single since the release of his debut album, "I See You Shining", alongside a music video. It peaked at number 37 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Nines' first and highest-charting single. Also 2018 was the start of many shows for Nines. It was later revealed to serve as the lead single to Nines' second album, Crop Circle, which was announced three days before release. It was released on 20 April 2018 by XL Recordings.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
One Foot Out[11] 4 1 3
  • UK: 32,239
Crop Circle
  • Released: 20 April 2018
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Details
From Church Rd to Hollywood
  • Released: 14 October 2012
  • Label: Nitty Shutdonw Ent.
  • Formats: Digital download
Gone Till November
  • Released: 4 July 2013
  • Label: Nitty Shutdonw Ent.
  • Formats: Digital download
Loyal to the Soil
  • Released: 14 June 2014
  • Label: Nitty Shutdonw Ent.
  • Formats: Digital download
One Foot In
  • Released: 14 August 2015
  • Label: Nitty Shutdonw Ent.
  • Formats: Digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(featuring Tiggs Da Author)
2016 One Foot In
"High Roller"
(featuring J Hus)
2017 14 8 One Foot Out
"I See You Shining" 2018 37 23
Crop Circle
"Pride"[17] 2019 41 TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Oh My"
(featuring SL, Tiggs Da Author and Yung Fume)
2018 44 Crop Circle
"Rubber Bands"
(featuring Ray BLK and Skrapz)


  1. ^ "NINES on Twitter: "Courtney Freckleton"". Twitter. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "London rapper war revealed: Harlesden MC Nines, the Cbiz mugging and another bodybag". IBN Times. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Thapar, Ciaran (3 July 2018). "Nines: Rise and Shine". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "'Revenge killing' gunman jailed". BBC News. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "NINES on Twitter". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Nines - Money on My Mind [Music Video] - SBTV". YouTube. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Nines - Can't Blame Me [Music Video] - SBTV". YouTube. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Nines - Trapper Of The Year (Official Video) Ft. Jay Midge". YouTube. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  9. ^ "XL Recordings on Twitter: "Welcome to the family @nines1ace ✔️"". Twitter. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  10. ^ "NINES on Twitter: "MIDNIGHT #ONEFOOTOUT"". Twitter. 9 February 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Nines - One Foot Out on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
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  13. ^ a b "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Nines"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Nines | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40 − 13 April 2018 − 19 April 2018". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50 − 13 April 2018 − 19 April 2018". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Pride – Singles by Nine". Apple Music. Retrieved 3 December 2019.