Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Real Nine - Exclusive Interview

Royalty Magazine: What's good? How's life treating you? 

Nine: I'm good & life has been a roller coaster, but I cant complain.  I've been blessed to have my health & sanity.

Royalty Magazine: Before we talk about the New Year, let's reflect back a little on 2012. What do you think you will remember most about 2012 as an artist? What were some of your greatest moments or accomplishments? 

Nine: 2012 was very uneventful for me.  For the most part I was just working on new music and doing shows nothing too major lol.

Royalty Magazine: What will you remember most about the world in 2012? As a country, how do you think we can prevent some of the same mistakes that happened in 2012 from happening again? What will you do as an individual or artist to help with that change or stand up for what you believe in?

Nine: To just single out one year would be a little short sided to me because as a country, the same mistakes are constantly made.  Matter fact, I wouldn't even call them mistakes, I would call it policy and short of revolution.  I don't see anything changing, just more lip service & loss of privacy under the guise of protection.

Royalty Magazine: Speaking of the world, a lot of people are lost, making bad decisions, going crazy, hooked on drugs and just confused about what's right & what's wrong. If you had a chance to speak with someone who was on the verge of snapping or just being consumed by the wicked ways of the world, what would you say? How would you use your voice to try to breakthrough? 

Nine: To be honest with you I'm at the point where all I can say is do your research & don't believe everything you are told.  As far as drugs & confusion, I attest that to growing pains, but the days of celebrity advice is over so people have to be responsible for themselves.  If anything, I would say stop listening to these rappers because they are more lost & fucked up in the head than you lol.

Royalty Magazine: Have you yourself ever struggled with any of these issues? If so, what was the end result and/or what was your breakthrough point?

Nine: I think we all have struggled with something living in this world.  My end result is not here yet because I'm still alive so the struggle continues.  I just take it day by day & try not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Royalty Magazine: In your opinion, how did the world become so dark? How did a country that is supposedly about freedom, become prisoners of wicked ways, confusion and a bad economy? Do you think we as a country will ever bounce back and implement this so called change that everybody is screaming about? 

Nine: In my opinion the world has always been dark, it's just now we can see it better thanks to the internet.  As far as the economy, its always been bad to us descendants of slaves so I'm used to struggling even while making money.

Royalty Magazine: On a lighter note, what can we expect to hear or see from you in 2013? Any upcoming projects, tours or tracks that we should be checking for? Tell us about the artist and/or person that you are today.

Nine: My new album will be out in the spring its called "Black hip hop" and it will be available for free download, because at this point I just wanna make the music I love & not what the machine wants.  

I will also be touring overseas for a good part of the year (God willing).  I would say the difference between me now & then, is that I'm a lot older so my artistry will reflect that.  I like to call it grown man bars..nothing but the truth.

Royalty Magazine: Tell us one thing that you will do differently this year than previous years before? How will you stand out as an artist and/or movement? 

Nine: I'm gonna speak directly to my generation as a grown man.  I don't really listen to kids so I think people my age probably feel the same.

Royalty Magazine: If you had a chance to appear in the BET Cypha, what artists would you team up with? What beat would you want to rock to?

Nine: Too many to name, but I would wanna spit wit the rappers that other rappers are afraid to spit with, if that makes any sense!  The beat I would wanna use is who shotcha lol.

Royalty Magazine: You got your break in the 90's when you appeared on the "Six Million Ways to Die" album. How did the opportunity arise for you to appear on this project? Who are some of the other artists and/or producers who were involved? 

Nine: Well me & Funk Flex were a group at the time & he called me and told me to come listen to this track he just made.  He was gonna release it as an instrumental, but when I heard it I just started spittin' and he was like lets do it as our first joint.

Royalty Magazine: Take us back to the moment when you released your debut album "Nine Livez". What motivated you to do the album and what message were you trying to broadcast to the world during that time? 

Nine: That you can be yourself and do your thing without copying or following someone else's style or sound.

Royalty Magazine: Your single "Whutcha Want" from Nine Livez peaked at number 3 on the Billboard rap charts, was sampled on Krs One's song "Steady Bounce" as well as featured on US Jeep advertisements. What was the concept behind the track and did you know back then that the single would be such a success? 

Nine: I knew the moment I heard the beat that if I did what I was supposed to do, that I was on my way.  That was during a time when originality counted more than anything and I knew there was nothing like that song or my voice.

Royalty Magazine: You also ended up pursuing legal action against Jeep because they never sought permission to use the sample on "Whutcha Want". Whatever happened with that case? 

Nine: Still pending lol.

Royalty Magazine: Lol.  How would you compare music from back when you started to music today? What are some of the positive/negative changes you've witnessed throughout the industry?

Nine: No positive changes whatsoever!  It gets worse & worse every year to me because its a complete circus filled with clowns and liars in a time where skill doesn't matter.  But there are some new artist that I like a lot, but for the most part I don't respect all the materialism & fuckery

Royalty Magazine: What would you say to those who don’t respect those who did it before us? What message would you send to those who try to criticize and say you are too old to be doing this? 

Nine:  I would simply say this isn't boxing or track & field, it's music & there is no such thing as being too old to express yourself.  Any youngster who don't respect the ones who came before them, cant respect the I will rap circles around 95% of these new rappers truthfully.  The reason most of us keep going is the same reason we started and that's the love of hip hop

Royalty Magazine: Speaking of the industry, there is a lot of controversy behind Free Masons & artists being affiliated or products of the Illuminati? How do you feel about this and do you believe that the Illuminati exists? Having industry connections, have you yourself seen or heard anything that can confirm any of these controversies?

Nine:  I think that's a bunch a nonsense to be honest, just another way to distract you from focusing on whats right in front of you.  Today's artists are more puppets for corporate interest than members of a secret society, and if there are a few, it really doesn't matter.  One thing I've learned is to not waste time on things that I can't do nothing about.

Royalty Magazine: How can people keep up with you and/or check out your music? What sites or radio stations can people catch you on?

Nine: You can follow me on twitter @nine212, facebook quinine milly or therealmcnineix or my website

written by
TazDatMC for Royalty Magazine

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