Album: Ninety-9 (1993)

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Untitled Ninety-9 project

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Album details


Intended Release Date: 1993 (assumed)
Label(s): Unknown
Studio(s): Unknown studio, USA; Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)

See also


Emancipation
(album)
 
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This entry details a series of songs Prince (then SymbolSmallerBlue.png) and Ninety-9 (real name Dietra Moses, also nicknamed "Poet99" or "99") worked on in late-Spring or early-Summer 1993. Prince met Rap/Slam/Spoken Words artist Ninety-9 at Glam Slam West between the Act I and Act II tours. She reportedly gave him a recording of her poems/slams. He added backing music to these slams and offered her a publishing deal. Ninety-9 was not signed to Paisley Park Records (nor NPG Records) but was contracted to Paisley Park Music (see triva below) as a songwriter. It is unclear whether this short-lived collaboration was intended to lead to an album, an EP or to a particular project (it is referenced here for the sake of completeness). It is possible that these recordings were made to promote her work as a songwriter and poet, but it is unverified. SymbolSmallerBlue.png mentions her by name on Now, describing her as a "a new hero cuz she’s so divine" and Days Of Wild ("much props to the upside down double 6").


Five songs were recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota : 40 Ounces, Simlac, The Mood For Love, Stained Glass and Three Shots. There might be other versions of the song with her own backing music as the five tracks known to have been worked or re-worked by Prince were registered on September 1st 1993 as 'musical compositions' by Dietra Moses alone at the Library Of Congress.

None of the songs were released in this forms but SymbolSmallerBlue.png sampled most of them heavily in 1993-5 recordings, however :

A lyrically identical but musically different version of the Simlac, now re-titled Burns 1, without any Prince involvement was released on the album Subliminal Simulation by the band Dream Warriors in 1994 (Canada) and 1995 (USA). The album also contains another solo track by her called "Adventures Of Plastic Man", the lyrics of which were included in the book "Loud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe" by Miguel Algarin and Bob Holman released in 1994.



Track listing
CD

It is not known if the project was completed but was believed to include

All tracks written by Ninety-9 (lyrics) and SymbolSmallerBlue.png (music - assumed)



Personnel
Musicians


Production
  • SymbolSmallerBlue.png - producer (assumed)


 
Additional Information

Trivia

  • After Ninety-9 left SymbolSmallerBlue.png’s camp (most likely in 1995), she worked with Beastie Boys’s label Grand Royal. One of her song, Jhompa was released on the compilation Grand Royal Mixed Drink No. 2 in 1995 and a second one (Fistful Of DATS) was included on a sampler released in 1996. She then started to work with English Hip Hop producer Dobie and released two songs on his compilation The Sound Of One Hand Clapping in 1998. A song titled Willow (which recycles a line from Three Shots) was released on a 3-track single in 2000.
  • Paisley Park Music was a publishing company created by Prince under the umbrella of Paisley Park Entreprises following his ‘’$100 million’’ 1992 deal with Warner Bros.. It was active between 1993 and 1996. Paisley Park Music was located within the Warner Chappell offices in New York, NY and was distinct from Controversy Music, the other Prince publishing company. Songwriters signed to this company includes Ninety-9, Gordon Chambers (who co-wrote Anita Baker’s Grammy winning I Apologize during that era), and Sly And Robbie among others.

References
Unreleased project.png 1991
Untitled Robin Power
And The Uptown Dames album
Unreleased Albums
(Prince)
Unreleased Albums
(Related Artists)
1994
24
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