It’s great to see so many UK artists blowing up. Wiley, Skepta, Bugzy Malone and Dave have all dropped some big projects in the last year, and now Nines has stepped to the table.
With no project release since summer 2015, it’s been a long wait for the album – especially as, historically, we’ve seen a new tape from him every year since the release of From Church Road To Hollywood, back in 2012. When Nines dropped his visuals to Intro, last summer, we thought it was going to be five summers running, but he’s kept everyone waiting patiently since then.
His recent signing to record label giants, XL Recordings, left fans eagerly anticipating the release of One Foot Out. And, last Thursday, Nines announced on his Instagram that his debut album would be released at midnight.
As a big fan of Nines, since hearing his track CR Grills, I thought it was only right to do a quick review of One Foot Out:
I’ve seen so many of my favourite artists, like The Game and, more recently J Cole, with his latest album, move away from their older music and into something new that isn’t as impressive. I’d like to start off by saying that Nines definitely hasn’t disappointed.
The sound quality is exceptional. Nines is at his lyrical best, with lots of very smart metaphors, some powerful hooks and amazing beats. From the Intro to the Outro, it’s an all round good album. Even at first listen, you can tell how much work has been put into the album, and you can see how much Nines cares about staying true to his roots.
My personal favourite track has to be I Wonder (feat. Akala). When I first heard this, I was disappointed, as I was expecting more from Akala than just him speaking on the hook. But, it turns out to be a great song with a very meaningful message.
I’d like to emphasise how good Nines is lyrically on One Foot Out. With some brilliant punchlines, like ‘this pen’s gonna take me out the trap like I’m 007‘ and ‘I’ve been through more windows than Microsoft‘, it’s hard not to be impressed.
The only downside of the album is that I was hoping for some better features. I was disappointed with Berner’s feature, and I also wanted to see a feature from Skrapz and Trapstar Toxic, two other members of Ice City.
Apart from that, it’s a really great album all-round.
Album rating: 9/10
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