Nine Leaves

Nine Leaves

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The second release from the collective Nine Leaves,“Peace In Death” brings back the art of album making. With no restrictions and no formulas followed, they have eloquently fused Hip-Hop with live instrumentation, orchestral music, Rock and film score. Known for their poetic lyrics and epic sound..


Nine Leaves’ latest video “Yesterday” debuted at #4
on Billboard’s New Rock Videos, and is currently
airing on networks around the world including MTV,
Fuse, Music Choice and the VOA Network.

View the video here:

Multitalented producer and composer Zack Hemsey has been making adventurous recordings for years – but only recently was his Nine Leaves collective thrust into the national limelight.
The Northern New Jersey act provided a propulsive new look at a Reebok spot featuring Allen Iverson, which turned into a cult favorite among their fans. The Iverson clip quickly became a popular download on YouTube, and viewers began to ask: where can we get this artist’s music? As it turned out, the executives at the NBA were also watching – and they licensed Nine Leaves’ music for use on their highlight shows.
And if that’s all you knew about Nine Leaves, you’d probably assume that they were a straightforward mainstream rap act. Well, we’re here to tell you otherwise. That there are plenty of possible commercial applications for Zack Hemsey’s hypnotic soundscapes is indisputable – the Iverson spot proves that to be true. But Hemsey’s heart is in
the music, and the emcees who give voice to his compositions are, to a man, thoughtful, impassioned, and poetic.
The rhymes on Peace In Death, the latest Nine Leaves album, have the cadences, depth, and resonance of the best spoken-word. They’re also conceptually linked, and often politically provocative. Peace In Death is a set about the end of an era – songs about finding the strength and balance to survive and move through a deteriorating world.
Mortality haunts the album’s verses, but there’s the promise of rebirth, too. Then there’s the music: moody, seething, intoxicating, harmonically and rhythmically sophisticated, and surprisingly multifaceted.
“Yesterday”, the album's kickoff, shows the collective in top form, as each emcee tells a compelling story of perseverance in the face of personal loss. The inviting
video gives a glimpse into the lives of each vocalist: we follow them on a typical morning, rapping as they greet each other, their girlfriends, and the day. As befits an act as cinematic as Nine Leaves, the “Yesterday” clip feels like a mini-movie – or
perhaps three interlocking mini-movies. Like the song itself, the footage feels honest, soulful, and confessional, and it welcomes viewers into the collective with open arms.
One thing is for certain: this album delivers in the full sense of the word. It’s a craft of art in a time where works of such caliber have been sorely missing from the world’s main-stage.


Nine Leaves - Self Titled - Released 2005
Nine Leaves - Peace In Death - Released 2008

Set List

Approx. 40min original music
Peace In Death - Intro
Pain is not enough
Bad Dreams
Last Words
Falling Down
Will You Change It?
Peace In Death Outro