Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Nine : Me, Myself & My Microphone (from Whutcha Want 12")
Nine : Me, Myself & My Microphone (Profile, 1994)
Run DMC & Living Color : Me, Myself & My Microphone(Immortal, 1993)
Jesse West, Top Quality, Nine, Lord Finesse & Zone 7 : Troopers Represent (Sure Shot, 1998)
24/7: 24/7 (Franchise, 1998)
Bronx native Nine Double M made his first appearance in 1993 on Funkmaster's first single for Nervous "Six Million Ways To Die", back when Flex was an up-and-coming DJ. Soon after he was signed to Priority and released the underground favourite "Whutcha Want" with the horrorcore inspired "Redrum" on the flipside. Two songs you can find on the Nine Livez album, but the 12" also contained a little known track called "Me, Myself & My Microphone" which borrowed a line from "Sucker MC's", by labelmate Run DMC (who also used that name for a song on the horrendous Judgement Night soundtrack). The funny thing is that Nine went on to throw subliminal diss at them on his second album, with the cut Lying King. At least that's what I understood, but may be he was talking about another Born Again christian group who called themselves kings.
When Profile went out of business, he went back to his old friend Funkmaster Flex, who by then was larger than life. Nine hook up with the legendary Jesse West, aka ICU, aka Third Eye (the first rapper to have an album on Motown) to form the group 24/7. Together they released a couple of records on Franchise, (Flex-owned label) including the eponymous track. They even had a song placed on The Final Chapter of the 60 Minutes Of Funk mix series, but the pair wasn't successful. After the new millenium no one really heard of Nine, nor Jesse West.