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1) New York rapper
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1) Nine is the stage name of Derrick Keyes (September 19, 1969), a rapper from The Bronx, New York. He is a close friend ever since the age of 17 of DJ Funkmaster Flex. Known for the popular Hip hop singles “Any Emcee” and “Whutcha Want?” which were both produced by longtime collaborator and fellow Bronx native Rob Lewis, Nine then known as 9MM got his big break in late 1993 as an artist on the “Deuces Wild” (a group formed by Nine and Funkmaster Flex as well as others, then renamed “Funkmaster Flex and the Ghetto Celebs” after Nine’s departure) song “Six Million Ways to Die.” The verse showcased Nine’s harsh, gravelly flow he had created to give him his own originality. Because of this He was signed to a deal with the now-defunct Profile Records, that had a roster of artists such as fellow rappers Run-D.M.C. , DJ Quik and Special Ed.

Keyes originally recorded under the Monikers “9MM” (or “Nine Double M”) before changing his name to simply “Nine”.This was because as he stated “I didn’t want to be just be named after the gun (9mm).” His artist name (Nine) refers to his date of birth (9/19/1969), shoe size Nine and his lucky number 9.

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