Kriminal Mind – [9lokkNine]

While I’ll always have a love for all sorts of music coming from Chicago due to the fact that I’m from the area, I’ve gained an appreciation for other music scenes throughout the country as I’ve expanded my knowledge about the industry and the different styles of Rap around the world. Someone in New York can consider their music Drill even though it sounds totally different than the Drill music in Chicago, and the same goes for other genres. Listening to music from different Hip-Hop or Rap hubs around the country feels like you’re taking a trip around the US, visiting different places and taking in their influences and cultures. Although I have a love for all of these different regions for many different reasons, Florida has been producing some of the most unique styles to date, which also happen to be some of my favorite styles as well. I can’t figure out if it’s the accents these artists have, if it’s their interesting cadences, or if it’s their out of the box personalities, but either way, I can’t help but pay attention when they drop new music.

One of my absolute favorites right now is undoubtedly 9lokkNine. While this might be a slightly controversial statement considering many people say that he sounds too much like Kodak Black, he has some very clear defining qualities that help separate him from the other Florida superstar. Just listen to his latest song “Kriminal Mind”, and you’ll understand exactly what I mean. The beat is made up of lighthearted, almost elementary sounding xylophone hits paired with piercing percussion and bouncy drums. All of the different sounds that contribute to this instrumental come together for a sort of fun-loving chaos that 9lokkNine has been known to tear apart with his myriad of flows.

As he begins to rap, his words are a bit more relaxed and spread apart than usual. Although they might not be as rapid or as intricate as he has shown off in the past, they jump along to the production in such a unified fashion that you can’t help but bob your head along with the rhythm. His ad-libs are also shouted in a very energetic manner, adding some enthusiasm to his otherwise calm disposition. While he might not be as hasty with his lyricism, as mentioned previously, you can understand his bars a bit more effortlessly than you can in other offerings which is a nice change of pace. Some of the topics he covers throughout include his success and money he makes thanks to his music, threats of violence for any and all of his opposition, and not letting other people’s opinions or threats affect him in the slightest.

He also has a music video for this new track, and one of my favorite parts about his visuals recently is the fact that certain shots look really rough and homemade while others look more professionally recorded. I enjoy this aspect because it kind of shows that no matter how big or successful he becomes, he wants to remain grounded and stick to his roots at least somewhat, whether that’s his intention with this strategy or not. There are a few settings throughout this video including him standing on his front porch, sitting on his couch, dancing in a stairwell, and another scene where he’s sitting at a table playing cards. Although these are the main scenes, there is some rejuvenation brought about with his group of friends surrounding him and vibing along to the song with the rapper during certain moments. There are also some animations throughout, and although none of them are really too innovative or unimaginable, they add a bit more production value it seems, and they catch your eye when they occur. In order to have some sort of relation to the bars he’s spitting, 9lokkNine even includes guns and smokes blunts in a majority of the scenes as a way to prove that he doesn’t just talk about these things but rather lives the lifestyle that he boasts about in his songs.

I can’t say that this is my absolute favorite offering from the Florida rapper in all honesty, but that’s because some of his other songs I’ve played on repeat in the past because of how catchy and appealing they are to me. I do love the styles he’s been creating recently, especially with the upbeat, buoyant production because it adds such a fun, relaxed vibe to his songs that might oppose the more violent or ruthless narratives he’s discussing. I think that these elements as well as other components that are fairly conceivable truly free him of the accusations of being a Kodak duplicator. Of course, he’s going to sound somewhat like his Florida counterpart because they’re from the same area and speak with a similar tongue, but there are some clear differences that people need to start picking up on rather than just insisting that he’s another copycat. “Kriminal Mind” is another solid offering from Florida Rapper 9lokkNine, so peep the new song and visual whenever you find some time.