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Three 6 Mafia PictureThey have a string of gold and platinum singles and albums. They were the first rap group to win an Oscar and to perform at the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony. They have their own MTV reality TV show. But for Three 6 Mafia, it has always been about the music.

So it's fitting that the Memphis rap powerhouse's fifth major-label release, the astonishing
Last 2 Walk, extends its flawless track record and demonstrates that the group remains among rap's premier outfits. Three 6 Mafia masterminds Juicy J and DJ Paul drench the high-octane collection with the type of bone-crushing lyricism and searing, addictive production that have become hallmarks of their material for the last decade-plus.

After going through a number of line-up changes throughout the years, the group is finally pared down to only its essential members. "We're the last two dudes to walk, DJ Paul and Juicy J," Juicy J explains, hence the album title. "We've been putting it down since day one. In this business, you've got to be focused and a lot of people aren't focused. A lot of rappers come and go, because it isn't easy. I understand what all artists go through, and that's the main thing that keeps us going -- the grind and staying focused."

Produced entirely by Juicy J and DJ Paul, Last 2 Walk contains the type of mesmerizing soundscapes that have made Juicy J and DJ Paul in-demand producers for such platinum acts as
Ludacris, Chingy and Young Buck, as well as their own artists Project Pat and Lil Wyte.

Lead single "Doe Boy Fresh" features
Chamillionaire and utilizes an intense keyboard progression to set the stage for Three 6 Mafia's street-centered rhymes about maximizing your financial resources to look your best. "It's about being fresh, whether you've got money or you don't have money," Juicy J says. "It's about coming straight from the hood and being ghetto fabulous. It's from the hood and it's for the hood."

Three 6 Mafia's hood status remains rock solid thanks in large part to the "get buck" style of rap that they helped popularize. It's a crunk-like style of music that hits hard in the clubs and features rowdy chants and frenetic beats. So, it makes perfect sense that King of Crunk Lil Jon appears with Three 6 on "Ready 4 Whatever," which also features vocal assistance from Project Pat. One of the best Last 2 Walk songs, it showcases Juicy J freaking a stuttery delivery and the crew discussing their formative years in Memphis.

"The song is a club banger," Juicy says with a bit of understatement. "Lil Jon did his thing on the hook. He's crunk and we're crunk. We put the Get Buck with the Get Crunk, and it's like Super Crunk."

Three 6 Mafia then revisits their patented, classic sound on a host of block-rocking selections: the confrontational "Bang, Bang," the muscular "Clane Clane," the hypnotic future smash "We Got Da Club," the dark "See Me" and the Crime Mob-assisted, male-female tug-of-war "Suga Dadddy."

The group then gets smooth on "You Know How We Ball," which features Paul Wall and Lil Keke, and addresses the risks of no-good friends on "See You Fall." "‘See You Fall' is about friends that hate on you, not the average hater," DJ Paul explains. "It's about how you have friends who play they have your back, that they want to see you come up and do good. But really, they don't. Before you know it, they'll be trying to hurt you in some kind of way." The introspective vibe continues on "Time And Time," with Project Pat, and "Hoodstar," with Lyfe Jennings.

Regardless of a song's mood or lyrical direction, Juicy J and DJ Paul rely on each other to bring out the best in their material. "It's about teamwork," Juicy J reveals. "You've got to work together. We don't let egos get involved. We're both on the same page. We have the same goals, as far as grinding and trying to make good music."

Truth be told, Three 6 Mafia has been making good music since mid 1990s. The group's early underground albums – 1995's Mystic Stylez, 1996's The End -- spawned such Southern hits as "Break Da Law" and "Tear Da Club Up." Since then, their four major label albums (1997's Chapter 2: World Domination, 2000's When The Smoke Clears - Sixty 6, Sixty 1, 2003's Da Unbreakables, 2005's Most Known Unknown) have all gone gold or platinum and have included such smash hits as "Sippin' On Syrup," "Stay Fly" and "Poppin' My Collar."

Consistency allows Three 6 Mafia to remain potent. "You've got to keep your ear to the streets and you've got to be on top of your game," Juicy J reveals. "Music changes, man. Three 6 Mafia's been out for over 10 years. Different musicians do different things to get their motivation. We get our inspiration from our hometown, Memphis, the home of blues and rock and roll. It's a musical city, so we get our ideas from our culture."

Beyond their own albums, those ideas included releasing the platinum direct-to-video movie Choices in 2001; releasing smash, independent albums from Three 6 Mafia artists Lil Wyte, Frayser Boy and Chrome; and composing their Oscar-winning song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," from the acclaimed 2005 film Hustle & Flow.

All of this success has lead to Adventures In Hollyhood, their
Ashton Kutcher-produced reality show airing on MTV Spring 2007. But don't think the mainstream exposure is going to change Three 6 Mafia's musical output. "Everybody was coming at me like, ‘What are you all going to do now? What are you going to sound like now?'" Juicy J says. "We're going to keep on doing what we've been doing. We're not trying to change. Everybody thought we were going to change after the success, but we're the same old guys. We're blessed and we're just going to try to keep on doing what we've been doing. We go by the old saying: If it's not broke, don't fix it. So, we just keep bringing that gutter music."

And Last 2 Walk is proof positive.

 

Biography Courtesy of ThinkTank Marketing


The following biography is from Wikipedia.org “The Free Encyclopedia.”

 

Three 6 Mafia are an Academy Award-winning, American rap group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1991 as Triple 6 Mafia, the group at its most featured seven members including; Crunchy Black, Anthony Sloan, Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca (who were all added shortly before the release of their debut album Mystic Stylez). The group has also collaborated with many rappers on their own label; Hypnotize Minds, where they have kick started the careers for many Memphis rappers, such as; Frayser Boy, Gangsta Blac, Lil Wyte and Indo G. The group frequently collaborates with Project Pat (Juicy J's older brother). Their 2005 song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards.[1]

 

The group released their debut underground album Mystic Stylez in 1995 through Prophet Entertainment, a record label they created but have since relinquished control of. Their musical style—which initially featured dark, menacing beats with equally gritty lyrics—has since moved to a more mainstream sound. The group has also had numerous lineup changes, and now consists of original members Juicy J, Lord Infamous and DJ Paul. Nonetheless, they have cultivated a sizable and diverse cult following that has only increased since their Oscar win. They have released two RIAA rated platinum albums; When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 and Most Known Unknown, the latter featured their well known single Stay Fly, which is said to be the cause of their rise to fame and the mainstream. They have since gone on to collaborate with many well known singers and rappers such as Akon, Tech N9ne, Insane Clown Posse, Paul Wall, Ludacris, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida. Their latest album entitled Laws of Power is set to be released 2012.[2]

 

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Background information

Also known as Triple 6 Mafia,

Origin Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Genres Hip hop, Horrorcore, Crunk

Years active 1991–present

Labels Sony Music, Hypnotize Minds, Columbia

Associated acts Project Pat, Lil Wyte, UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Drumma Boy

Members

DJ Paul

Juicy J

Lord Infamous

Past members

Crunchy Black

Gangsta Boo

Koopsta Knicca

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History

 

The group started in 1991 in Memphis with DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard), Juicy J (Jordan Houston) and Lord Infamous (Ricky Dunigan). The original name for the hip hop group was "Backyard Posse". The group formed through the release of numerous EPs from their own record company with Nick Scarfo, Prophet Entertainment, which were sold around Memphis and the Mid-South. Later DJ Paul and Juicy J formed their own label, Hypnotize Minds Records. During their early career, they also propelled the careers of several other rappers. Eventually added before the release of Mystic Stylez were rappers Koopsta Knicca (Robert Cooper), Gangsta Boo (Lola Mitchell), and Crunchy Black (Darnell Carlton).

 

The group expanded and help start the careers of notable Mafia affiliates such as Project Pat, Al Kapone, La Chat, Lil Wyte, T-Rock, Killa Klan Kaze, Playa Fly and Indo G. The production acumen of Juicy and Paul also brought about a number of side projects such as Tear da Club Up Thugs, Hypnotize Camp Posse and Da Headbussaz as well as independent label ventures.

 

At this point in the group's evolution, having signed to a major label and having scored an admirable hit single, group leaders DJ Paul and Juicy J began extending their brand. They started by releasing solo albums by Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca, solo albums by their affiliates and compilation-styled albums such as collections of tracks from earlier years (Underground Vol. 1: (1991-1994), Underground Vol. 2: Club Memphis, Underground Vol. 3: Kings of Memphis).

 

Events after Academy Award win

 

World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Mark Henry uses their song "Somebody's Gonna Get It"[3] as his entrance theme. The song was the first track they did after receiving their Oscar.

 

On June 7, 2006, Sony officially acknowledged the departure of original Triple Six Mafia member Crunchy Black. He stated his reason for departure was to make a solo album that DJ Paul and Juicy J had allegedly put off for years, with most of the material being used for Most Known Unknown. Thereafter Triple Six Mafia consisted just of remaining members DJ Paul and Juicy J.

 

The two producers of the group had their own reality show, Adventures in Hollyhood, on MTV. The show focused on what it's like to be a member of the Triple Six Mafia, balancing the increased fame after their Oscar win while attempting to stay true to their loyal fans. The show premiered on April 5, 2007 at 10 p.m. Eastern time on MTV.[4]The show turned out a major failure and was soon cancelled.

 

Three Six Mafia are featured on Justin Timberlake's "Chop Me Up" from his album FutureSex/LoveSounds, along with record producer/singer/rapper Timbaland.[5]

 

DJ Paul and Juicy J appeared in the May 9, 2008 episode of the CBS television series Numb3rs, which revolves around the murder of a rapper. The group also performed "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)" on the show.[6]

 

As of early 2009, Lord Infamous was featured on DJ Paul's new solo album Scale-A-Ton, which was released on May 5, 2009. Lord Infamous was featured on 8 tracks. Juicy J's Hustle Till I Die album was released on June 16.[7] Juicy J's album featured his brother Project Pat[8] and other rappers such as V-Slash,[9] Gucci Mane,[8] Webbie[10] and Gorilla Zoe.[10]

 

The group now has their own Youtube pages, DJ Paul's being "djpaulkomtv"[11] and Juicy J's being "juicyjcomic".[12] The group regularly posts information about their new albums on the pages and they have posted many videos of their tour in Germany where they have been to places such as; Mainz, Nuremberg, Passau, Weinheim, Wildeshausen, Stuttgart, Japan, and Gollhofen. The two members now also both have Twitter pages, Juicy J's being "therealjuicyj"[13] and DJ Paul's being "djpaulkom".[14]

 

The group's tenth album, entitled; Laws of Power will be released at some point in 2012. It has spawned four singles so far. "Shake My" (which features R&B signer Kalenna and rapper Pitbull) was released September 8, 2009. Three Six Mafia then released the single "Lil' Freak (Ugh Ugh Ugh)", which features Louisiana rapper Webbie on September 25, 2009. Three Six Mafia's third single from the album, "Feel It", was a completely different style of music to the usual type the duo release; the single was nominated for 2010 International Dance Music Awards Best Hip Hop Dance Track. The latest single to be released from the album features Tech N9ne, entitled "Shots After Shots", and features production from Dr. Luke.

 

June 10, 2011 Three 6 Mafia became part of the VH1 reality show, "Famous Food," where Dj Paul got into a controversial fight with Ashley Dupre[15] from the Elliot Spitzer scandal.

 

Discography

 

1995: Mystic Stylez

1995: Live by Yo Rep (EP)

1996: Chapter 1: The End

1997: Chapter 2: World Domination

2000: When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1

2001: Choices: The Album

2003: Da Unbreakables

2005: Choices II: The Setup

2005: Most Known Unknown

2008: Last 2 Walk

2012: Laws of Power

 

Filmography

 

Feature films

 

Choices (2001)

Choices II: The Setup (2005)

The Clean Up Men (2005)

Hustle & Flow (2005) "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" is the official song to the movie.

Jackass 2 (2006) "Goin Crazy" is the official song to the movie.

Rocky Balboa (2006) – "It's a Fight" is on the official soundtrack to the movie.

Jackass 2.5 (2007)

 

Television series

 

Jackass (2002)

Wildboyz Deep South (Ep. 307) (2005)

Flavor of Love (2006)

MTV's Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up (2006) – episode was banned due to controversy after the first time it aired

The Simple Life (2006)

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) – episode: "Pilot" – musical guest on the fictional sketch comedy show within Studio 60

WWE Friday Night SmackDown (2006) - performed Some Bodies Gonna Get It (a song they made for WWE Wrestler Mark Henry from the album WWE Wreckless Intent) live when Mark Henry wrestled Chris Benoit in May 2006, Henry continues to use the song as his entrance music

Entourage (2006) - in the episode entitled "What about Bob?"

My Super Sweet 16 (2006) Three 6 Mafia was the musical performance at the party

1 vs. 100 (2006)

Criss Angel Mindfreak (2006) – episode: "Celebrity Séance"

Wrestling Society X (2007) – episode #2

Rob & Big (2006) – Three 6 Mafia rapped at a party on episode 1 of season 1

Wild 'n Out (2007) – Spring Break edition

Mind of Mencia (2007) – Season 3, Episode 2

Adventures in Hollyhood (2007)

Beauty and the Geek (2007) episode 2 DJ Paul and Juicy J are judges in a rapping contest between the geeks

Numb3rs (2008) Juicy J and DJ Paul perform "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)" on the CBS drama

Punk'd (2006) Juicy J sets up DJ Paul

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2008) Juicy J and DJ Paul perform "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)"

The Andy Milonakis Show (2007)

Paris Hilton's My New BFF (season 2) (2009) episode: "Learn From Your Mistakes" Three 6 Mafia interviewed Paris Hilton's Potential BFF's

The Mo'Nique Show (2010) Three 6 Mafia performs "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp"

Los Twiins (2010) Episode 04

 

DVDs

 

Choices: The Movie (2001)

Choices II (2005)

Clean Up Men (2005)

Ultimate Video Collection (2006)

Adventures in Hollyhood (2007)

 

Original television series

 

Adventures in Hollyhood (2007)

Three 6 Mafia's Adventures in Spring Break (2007)

Famous Food (2011)

 

Video Games

 

Saint's Row "Who I Iz"

NFL Street "Who Gives a f*ck Where You From (Radio Edit)"

Fight Night Round 4 "Shove It (Three 6 Mafia Remix)" (Santogold featuring Project Pat)

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 and WWE '12 "Some Bodies Gonna Get It"

 

Awards and nominations

 

Year

Work

Award

Result

2006

"It's Hard out Here for a Pimp"

78th Academy Awards Best Original Song

Won

2008

Three 6 Mafia

AMA Favorite Band/Duo/Group

Won

2009

Three 6 Mafia

BET Award for Best Group

Nominated

2010

"Feel It"

2010 International Dance Music Awards Best Hip Hop Dance Track

Nominated

 

References

 

1.^ New York Times

2.^ Juicy J Talks New Three 6 Mafia 'Laws of Power' Project

3.^ "WWE Wreckless Intent: Various Artists: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000F8OINM. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

4.^ Official MTV site for Adventures in Hollyhood

5.^ "FutureSex / LoveSounds: Justin Timberlake: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H305U0. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

6.^ "Three 6 Mafia Guest Star on NUMB3RS | Three 6 Mafia". Rap Basement. 2008-04-26. http://www.rapbasement.com/news/three-6-mafia/three-6-mafia-guest-star-on-numb3rs.html. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

7.^ "Hustle Till I Die: Juicy J: Music". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026RLPYK. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

8.^ a b "30 Inches (Feat. Gucci Mane & Project Pat) [Explicit]: Juicy J: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002B4K1NE. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

9.^ "Hustle Till I Die (Feat. V Slash) [Explicit]: Juicy J: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002B4K1M0. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

10.^ a b "Ugh Ugh Ugh (Feat. Weebie & Project Pat) [Explicit]: Juicy J: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002B4PI00. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

11.^ "Канал користувача djpaulkomtv". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/djpaulkomtv. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

12.^ "Канал користувача juicyjcomic". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/juicyjcomic. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

13.^ "juicy j (therealjuicyj) on Twitter". Twitter.com. http://www.twitter.com/therealjuicyj. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

14.^ Djpaulkom. "DJPAUL THREE 6 MAFIA (DJPAULKOM) on Twitter". Twitter.com. http://twitter.com/djpaulkom. Retrieved 2011-03-02.

15.^ Dj Paul Responds To Fighting w/ Ashley Dupre For The 1st Time!

 

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