London Rapper Nines’ Surprise Debut Album ‘One Foot Out’ Charts At #4
The Most Streamed Album In The UK Last Week
“its rapid conquest has happened with zero support from mainstream radio and almost no coverage in traditional media outlets. Instead, it’s the endgame of years of dedication from one of the U.K.’s most hard-working underground rappers.” – Fader
“The whole album is so consistent it’s hard to pick favorites” – Pigeons and Planes
“It’s lookin’ like I might blow but the streets need me,” raps Nines on “Intro” the lead-in track to his long awaited album One Foot Out which surprised dropped on Friday, February 10th via XL Recordings. Debuting at #4 on the UK album charts and clocking in as the “most streamed album of the week” in the UK last week, Nines is a veteran in the underground scene but finally making waves in the mainstream.
For those not familiar yet with the most authentic name in London’s exploding underground hip-hop scene, Nines hails from the Church Road East in North West London. In 2011 Nines made his infamous debut with his ‘JD Sports Shutdown’ and ‘Turkey Shutdown’ videos (the former featured on Worldstarhiphop.com), which saw the rapper taking kids from his neighborhood to JD Sports to buy them new trainers, as well as providing Christmas turkeys to those less fortunate to the whole of his Church Road Estate. Without the approval of the industry, Nines’ went on to amass millions of views on his music videos (over 40 million), self-released four mixtapes and a single ‘Yay’ which went on to sell over 30,000 copies – all staggering milestones that fully justify the hysteria surrounding Nines’ rap pedigree and which reinforce that this is no false dawn, but a genuine star in the making.
With production from the likes of Jevon (New Gen) and Menace (Desiigner’s Panda) and featuring guest appearances from Taylor Gang’s Berner, previous collaborator Tiggs Da Author, J Hus and Akala, One Foot Out sees Nines stepping out of his comfort zone and displaying the depth of UK rap. His charismatic, laid back flow covers braggadocio on ‘High Roller’ (Came through in the Audi you’re in that Honda Accord / All this gold got me looking like a Oscar Award), soul searching on ‘I Wonder’ (Wonder how all these guns get in to my area / wonder why they care about celebs instead of Syria) and is filled with pop culture references (I told my connect I ain’t an amateur, drop me keys big man I always pay my debut like a Lannister), One Foot Out is a statement of intent that should promote Nines into rap’s premiere league.
“Bout to go legit, feds hoping that I slip. Fam it’s cold on the strip, I’m too old for this shit” – “Outro” from One Foot Out
“Intro” “High Roller” “Trapper Of the Year”