|2||Every Man 4 Himself|
|3||We Play 4 Keeps|
|6||No Part A Me|
|8||Richman Poorman (Act One)|
|10||Make Or Take|
|12||4 Chicken Wings And Rice|
- Código de Barras: 0 15151 14692 7
- Matriz/zona muerta: 2391-1-1 ALLIED DT ⁕PRO-1469-2⁕
- Código SID de masterizado: IFPI L451
- Código SID de molde (Variant 1): ifpi 7711
- Código SID de molde (Variant 2): ifpi 7712
|Título (Formato)||Sello||Cat. nº||País||Año|
|Cloud 9 (CD, Album)||Profile Records||FILE CD 469||UK||1996|
|Cloud 9 (LP, Album, Stereo)||Profile Records||PRO-1469-1||US||1996|
|Cloud 9 (Cassette, Album)||Profile Records||PRO-1469-4||US||1996|
|Cloud 9 (CD, Album)||Profile Records||FILE CD 469||Germany||1996|
|Cloud Nine (Cassette, Single Sided, Advance, Album)||Profile Records||none||US||1996|
- Fantastic album!!! The songs "Lyin' King" and "Make or Take" are superb.
- 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!
- 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
- 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.