StayUp.News editor-in-chief Roberto E. Alejandro recently sat down for a phone conversation with Lynn, MA’s Code Nine (right in the photo above, taken by Edwin Rosario), a member of the Tragic Allies. Code released his first solo album, titled “Below Sumerian Skies,” and produced by Purpose (left), last November. In our interview, Code discusses the process of crafting his first solo release, redefining “urban,” and how Hip-hop is transforming his hometown of Lynn, MA.

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This interview was originally published by, on Jan. 24, 2017.