Instead of letting hardship hold him down, T9ine rises from it. Toughened up by a rough childhood in Tampa, FL, the 19-year-old rapper infuses unabashed honesty into unfiltered verses and undeniable melodies over often guitar-laden or piano-driven beats. This balance between raw storytelling and hard-hitting hooks has cemented him as a bold and buzzing voice. His mom introduced him to Tupac, sparking an interest in classic wordplay and inspiring him to freestyle at school. However, he also developed a predisposition for the streets in order to survive. Ducking out of high school, he ultimately embraced hip-hop instead of trouble. Among a string of social media freestyles, “Groovy” went viral, illuminating his instinctive and incisive wordplay and ultimately earning him a deal with Columbia Records during 2018. Coming out swinging, he dropped the debut project From Nun to Something in 2019. The lead single “Mind of a Real” posted up over 13 million Spotify streams and 10 million views between the original and Official Remix featuring Lil Durk. He maintained this momentum in 2020 with “When We Ball” [feat. Hotboii], generating 855K Spotify streams and 2.5 million views in just a month’s time and paving the way for the anthem “Go Harder.” Racking up tens of millions of streams and views and receiving plugs from HotNewHipHop, Elevator, and many others, he stands tall on his 2021 project, Fast Life Livin [Columbia Records], and more music on the horizon.