“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.
Nines hails from the Church Road East in North West London. In 2011 Nines made his 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, self-released four mixtapes and a single ‘Yay’.
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).
“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”