Nine ‎– Cloud 9

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Tracklist

Know Introduction 2:38
Every Man 4 Himself 3:11
We Play 4 Keeps 3:54
Tha Product 4:20
Uncivilized 3:38
No Part A Me 3:43
Lyin' King 3:37
Richman Poorman (Act One) 2:50
Jon Doe 3:52
Make Or Take 4:00
Warriors 3:46
4 Chicken Wings And Rice 3:32

Versions (9)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PRO-1469-2 Nine Cloud 9(CD, Album) Profile Records PRO-1469-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
FILE CD 469 Nine Cloud 9(CD, Album) Profile Records FILE CD 469 UK 1996 Sell This Version
FILE CD 469 Nine Cloud 9(CD, Album) Profile Records FILE CD 469 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
PRO-1469-4 Nine Cloud 9(Cass, Album) Profile Records PRO-1469-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
PRO-1469-1 Nine Cloud 9(LP, Album) Profile Records PRO-1469-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Nine Cloud Nine(Cass, Promo) Profile Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
PRO-1469-1 Nine Cloud 9(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Profile Records (3) PRO-1469-1 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
SOR-1000-2 Nine Cloud 9 (CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Dig) Smoke On Records SOR-1000-2 US 2013 Sell This Version
SOR 1000-4 Nine Cloud 9(LP, Album, Ltd) Smoke On Records SOR 1000-4 US 2017 Sell This Version

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H818ERT

H818ERT

December 12, 2016
referencing Cloud 9, LP, Album, PRO-1469-1

Bought this album when it came out I took a chance as I wasn't really feeling his debut but I'm glad I took that risk .... this is a sick album with beats harder then two day old ish
glp79

glp79

July 14, 2016
referencing Cloud 9, CD, Album, PRO-1469-2

Fantastic album!!! The songs "Lyin' King" and "Make or Take" are superb.
Impale_Productions

Impale_Productions

May 23, 2016
referencing Cloud 9, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, PRO-1469-1
easiest way to spot it: on the original there's written text at the bottom left next to the Profile logo on the sticker, on the re not. compare the pictures
brydesantis

brydesantis

January 28, 2016
referencing Cloud 9, LP, Album, PRO-1469-1

great underrated classic. nine as an MC is criminally underrated and unique. This needs a reissue badly.
gayur.dario

gayur.dario

January 23, 2016
referencing Cloud 9, LP, Album, RE, Unofficial, PRO-1469-1
What is a difference between german reissue and original 1996 LP ? Thanks
keepitvinyl

keepitvinyl

December 23, 2015
referencing Cloud 9, CD, Album, PRO-1469-2
I remember buying this around the same time as Fugees... Dope dope and when Warriors come on... oh my word... Bounty Killer makes Nine seem almost light but both are rugged and team together well!
graf_roman

graf_roman

November 5, 2015
referencing Cloud 9 , CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Dig, SOR-1000-2
Unfortunately, track 13. Ova Confident Remix is none explicit.
djscaramanga

djscaramanga

June 29, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Cloud 9, LP, Album, PRO-1469-1

incredible fresh LP
very dark and atmospheric with hard hittin drums
perfectly fits to nine's grimey voice and attitude
some of the best mid 90's albums.imo

weight is about nice 110gr.
Goonz

Goonz

December 3, 2014
referencing Cloud 9, CD, Album, PRO-1469-2
I sadly admit I never know Nine had anthing out other then Nine Livez, I know but better late then never right.I really liked 9 livez but this album is better than it imo, Nine has a real grimey flow and great delievery.Really diggin this album I wouldn't even know existed if it wasn't for Discogs
Infinitesimalism

Infinitesimalism

January 11, 2013
referencing Cloud 9, CD, Album, PRO-1469-2

This album is exception to the term "Sophomore Slump" as Nine clearly evolved from early mid 90's style of rapping and beats (faster paced, quicker tempos) to a slightly darker, more intellectual and deeper emotional level of hip hop. There are a couple of tracks that blend in merit to mediocre such as "Uncivilized" or "Warriors" but the rest of the album is top notch mid-90's gold. 1996 was a MEGA year for hip hop. The amount of underground and commercial releases were at an all time high, and the quality as commensurate to the output in most cases. A true seminal year as hip hop had finally pushed to the forefront of American (and to some extent worldwide) levels of popularity.

The introduction is from the very depths of the underground... "Know Introduction" with King Just (a Wu affiliate) the beat is ridiculous. "Every Man 4 Himself", "We Play 4 Keeps", and "No Part A Me" all carry the same bragging, boasting, and rough-edge pathos but are still "above average" and carry the sharp tone that the beginning of the album presents. "Tha Product" and "Uncivilized" seem out of place in their order on the album (or maybe just being on the album itself) but, if for anything, they are lighter in tone than the previous cuts and add some semblance of difference.

I'd say the highlight tracks of the album are "Lyin' King", "Richman Poorman (Act One)", "Jon Doe" (maybe "Act Two" of Richman Poorman as we'd never again see a song with that title and "Act Two" denoted next to it - plus it carries similar lyrical content), "4 Chicken Wings And Rice", and, of course, the all time Hip Hop classic "Make Or Take". The aforementioned three tracks before "Make or Take" have a great street intellect about them with a tinge of philosophical banter. "4 Chicken Wings.." is also Nine recalling the low point in his life and being poor, a very real recollection of his personal timeline.

"Make Or Take" is just beautiful. Trying not to step out onto an olive branch to thinly, this track transcends Hip Hop as a genre in many ways while also being it's quintessence. Rob Lewis deserves half of the credit of this track for sampling and cutting Ronnie Laws' "Just As You Are" to near perfection and capturing the lyrical flow and emphasis this track embodies. It's a real almost all encompassing attitude of life in general - how man has to create his living ("Make") or has to steal to get his living ("Take"). Smoothe The Hustler mirrors the grimey vocals of Nine in the chorus in an exceptional manner and sends this album from 3.5-4 stars into 4.5-5 stars. Not enough can be said about how important and intrinsic this track is to the hidden emotion that most rappers experience.

I give this album a 4.5. There are a couple of tracks that seem out place and I almost rather this album be an EP. It would make it a 5 Star album if certain tracks were omitted. Nonetheless, this album stands the test of time and sits in the underground annals as one of the best of the underground gems of the golden era of Hip Hop.