Nine Taurus aka Nine Simon is a
legendary rapper, producer, director, game designer, writer, and entrepreneur.
He is the CEO and founder of the Nine Corporation.
Nine was born in Leytonstone, East London and grew up in Forest Gate.
Nine Simon is by far the most prolific
artist, creator, and leader in all of the communities he has been part of.
His creations have and continue to inspire others to develop and promote their
Nine Simon experimented
with the idea of developing an organisation to promote his comic characters.
He set up informal brands as an outlet to release his creative material. Then
in 1995 Nine set up Detanio to continue the promotion
of his comics and to facilitate his film production.
In 1996 he created the Nine
Corporation (under the name Nine
Foundation) as a record label. The label became successful very quickly
so Nine merged Nine Foundation and Detanio to create the Nine Foundation Corporation.
The Nine Foundation Corporation immediately developed its own community with
Nine Foundation becoming Nine Foundation
Music and Detanio becoming Nine Foundation Comics and Nine
Foundation Movies. During this time Nine launched many events including
Nine Simon then launched the Nine
Corporation Website in 2000 then in 2003 he launched 9Online.
Both proved successfully with the 9Online expanding the community to all continents
in the world.
In 2004 he aquired and negotiated
the lanuch of GYLE Records and Rebellious
Records as subsidiaries of Nine Music. In 2007 he created Nine
Universe to consilidate and promote Nine Corp's comic character universe.
He then launched the Ninecorpedia which quickly became a success providing
knowledge of all thing Nine Corp related.
Nine Simon launched SuperShoot
in 2009 taking advantage of the growing Nine Corp community. He then launched
Prime Jam in 2011 as a social event. He rebranded
it in 2012 to become the leading live music event of the community.
Nine Simon expanded NCN
to include the blog pages. The biggest and most successful of these is The
World which was launched in 2013. In 2014 he launched 9Technologies to
provide IT and Media services.
Nine Taurus stared experimenting
with music at 8 years old. He would use a cheep music keyboard and coke bottles
for drums to make music. He would record this all on a portable stereo.
Between 1991 and 1995 Nine Taurus
recorded many songs and even constructed an album under the name Cool C. Nine
met Terra Cassanova (then known as T Bob)
in 1992. Nine’s interest in hip hop grew as Terra would play a lot of
hip hop videos and songs. This influenced Nine Taurus to rap about what he
In 1995 Nine Taurus’s (then
called Death) music took a more serious tone as he began to rap about what
he would see and go through. He started to produce songs using Mario Paint
and record them on a dictator machine. In late 1995 he recorded and released
the song ‘If I Die’, which sparked a music revolution and gave
him recognition as a rap artist in his community.
In 1996 Nine Taurus started Nine
Music and signed Five Star his new group.
Five Star released there debut album or the same name. Nine remained very
active after the Five Star album was
released by producing 5 singles and featuring on most Nine Music releases.
During this time he had a rivalry
with Hera, the other dominant artist of the time. This included the 1997
‘Estate Life’ single which is
considered a classic.
In 2000 after the Nine
Music Crash, Nine Taurus released his debut album ‘Ninth
Wonder of the World’ to large critical acclaim. After that he teamed
up with Rap Raven to produce the ‘Titans album’ also to critical
Nine featured on many projects
after 2001 including the ‘Hermit
Soundtrack’. In 2003 he made critically acclaimed (some controversial)
songs for 9Online. Songs like ‘Vide-endo’
and ‘Cursed’ were praised for their freshness. In 2004 Nine released
Nine Anthems ‘From
The Dirt Came Forth Bread’, Nine Music’s most successful project.
2005 saw the release of his sophomore
album ‘Futile Tears’. Despite
the rocky development, the album was received well, sighting it as his best
work. After that Nine released a string of creative 9Online songs and made
various appearances on many music projects.
After the Great
Depression Nine Taurus featured on many more projects, most noticeably
When He Came Around, Flip
Celebration Album and the Nine
Corporation Celebration Album.
Nine Taurus has been criticised
for being to truthful with his lyrics. It is rumoured that he and several
friends fell out over the song ‘Cold War’ on The Ninth Wonder
of the World. Many people were affended by the lyrics on the 'Rap 4 Me' which
escalated to the incident known as the Ninth
Wonder East Ham College Hecklers Controversy. A man confronted Nine over
lyrics on the song ‘Where Were You’ on ‘Futile Tears’.
Nine has been known to mention
internal Nine Music issues in his lyrics. The song 9Online song ‘Tri
Gen’ is a prime example.
Nine has also been criticised for
his accent. Nine Taurus has a slight New York/St Lucian London Pan Atlantic
(or Trans Atlantic) accent which used to be a lot stronger in the 1st
Generation. Nine first addressed this on the songs ‘MIB/Jealous
Cats’ and ‘Charge’ on the ‘The Ninth Wonder of the
The Ninth Wonder of
The World (2000)
The Awakening (2016)
Bow Down (1996)
Can’t Get Through (1997)
Last Tear (1997)
Estate Life (1997)
Brave Face (1998)
Legend of Nine (2000)
All I Want For Christmas Is You (2014)
As Nine Anthems;
Nine Anthems – From
the Dirt Came Forth Bread (2004)
Rap Raven, Nine Taurus – The Titans
Resurrection (Compilation Album 2002)
In 1993 Nine started to experiment
with his dads video camera. He shot his first movie in 1994 named ‘Firing
Flares’. This movie was filmed with no edits and to this day it has
been lost and not found. Nine also started to make a few short animations
using Mario Paint on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
In 1996 Nine created a ‘WFW
Action’ his first complete movie. He followed this up in 1998 with
‘WFW Action; New Generation’.
1999 saw the release of ‘Flip Teaser’
in a screening in New VIc college to critical acclaim, this was his first
Nine created ‘Food
Wars’ in 2001. This was the first movie he made that was accompanied
with a soundtrack album. He then released ‘The Hermit’ in 2002
with the most glamorous night in his move career at the screening.
Since then he has worked on the
documentary series ‘EN’ and to original reality
sketches. He Directed ‘Political Urban Science’ with Ryan Williams.
Nine also created his first cartoon series titled War
Toons in 2010. He is currently working on a reality show titled Explorer.
Action (puppetry movie)
WFW Action; New Generation (puppetry
Flip Teaser (movie)
Food Wars (movie)
The Hermit (movie)
Horse Ass (sketches)
EN: Nine Foundation 2003 (Documentary)
Political Urban Science (Movie)
EN: What Influences Dark
Explorer (reality show)
War Toons (animated episode)
War Toons 2 (animated episode)
Directed Music Videos