Courtney Freckleton (born 17 January 1990), better known by his stage name Nines, is an English rapper hailing from Harlesden, north west London. After releasing a string of mixtapes between 2011 and 2015, Nines signed to XL Recordings and released his debut album One Foot Out (2017), which charted in the top 4 of the UK Albums Chart.
Freckleton grew up in the Church Road area of Harlesden, north west London,one of the largest Afro-Caribbean communities in London. He is the youngest son of Alison Youngsam and Raymond Freckleton and is of Jamaican descent. In April 2008, Nines' older brother, Wayne Freckleton (also known as Brandzino or Zino), was gunned down and murdered in a alleged gangland attack. He was thought to be the ring leader of the well known CRS (Church Road Soldiers. In 2013, Nines was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
He is an active member of the rap collective CRS/ICB/CSB (Church Road Soldiers/Ice City Boyz/CrimeScene Boyz) alongside Likkle T, Skrapz, Fatz, Keyz, Trapstar Toxic, Streetz, Inch, Supa, Fundz and others. Nines is a supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
In late 2012, Nines released his debut mixtape From Church Road to Hollywood for free digital download. This was followed by Gone Till November (2013) the following year and titled after his absence from the music scene due to his imprisonment. Nines gradually saw a rise in popularity through his freestyle videos posted on online rap platform SB.TV. Nines' online music videos for his third mixtape, Loyal to the Soil (2014), gained significant attention. "Money on My Mind" quickly amassed millions of views on YouTube.
The song "Can't Blame Me" from his fourth mixtape One Foot In (2015) gained 10 million views. The mixtape One Foot In served as a prequel to his debut album.
The first promotional music video for One Foot Out was "Trapper of the Year", released on 27 August 2016, amassing more than 10 million views.
In December 2016, Nines signed to British independent label XL Recordings, partnering with them to release his debut studio album One Foot Out (2017). The release date was announced the day before its release, becoming available for purchase on 10 February 2017. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number 4, becoming one of the few English rappers to receive a top 5 album in recent years, among the likes of Skepta, Giggs and Krept and Konan.