Nine-Comes from Galatians 5:22-26, the 9 fruits of the spirit. UP- Stands for Unify People
Clinton” Nine Up” Hopkins was born in Los Angeles California. In 1992 he moved to Moreno Valley Ca were he discovered the art of music. But it wasn’t until 1994 when he discovered a rap group called Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, at that moment he knew that rapping was for him. Although he knew he had talent the street life was still calling. In 1997 he formed a rap Group called "Really Rhyming Righteous. But God had bigger and better things in mind.
In 1999, the street life had started to take a toll on him. After being kicked out of school and getting locked up God knock on the door and Nine Up opened it He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior on Oct 17 1999.
He then joined Teddy "Nobody" Brooks and formed the group C.L. Ryderz (CHRIST LIFE RYDERZ) On Dec 11th 2002 they were signed to C.S.R. Entertainment (Christsyde Records) January of 2004 they made history by being the first Christian Rap Group to Perform on the Nationally Televised TV Show Soul Train. God has continued to move in C.L. Ryderz ministry blessing them to have shared the stage with some of Gospels biggest names such as Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, and Fred Hammond. As well as three successfully albums, a ton of television and radio appearances including TBN, BET, The Word Network (which currently has their video “DO YOU KNOW” in rotation) as well as all of the major radio stations throughout Southern California. In 2006 they were featured in the Source Magazine.
As God continues to move, Nine Up is still signed to C.S.R. Entertainment, has now set out on his own to preach the gospel and take Christian music to the next level, He has took some time off from music to focus on his own Community, with some of his label mates and Roosevelt (Flo) Sargent the C.E.O. and now the Pastor of NEW GENERATION CHURCH in Moreno Valley CA. He his Taking JESUS back to the streets where he came from, and seeing God move in the lives of the youth in Moreno Valley, The youth are raising up a standard Quote " Christ Life Or Nothin' ".
Nine up is now set to release his 1st nationwide solo album Entitled “Christ Life Or Nothin' " the foundation of the Album stands on John 14:6. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". The album features a wide arrange of issues from songs such as" Want To Be Free " which deals with women in bad relationships, " West Side Street" dealing with those in and out of prison on parole, to songs like " When He Returns" and " Chaotic" which talk about the future, when God's presence/spirit Leaves, " I Know You Hear Me " dealing with relationship between God and man. Then on the contrast there are those Christian Anthems like " You Know what It Is " " The Life We Live " " From The I.E. " " Christ Life Or Nothin " " More " " Right Where I Live " & many more. All in all the album is sure to bring together all Generation and impact the music industry like never before.
Christ life Or Nothin' Who's with it?