Three 6 Mafia

Three 6 Mafia Biography

Without compromising their dark image as a malevolent rap group from the South, Three 6 Mafia quickly evolved from a humble underground rap collective to a commercially successful dynasty by retaining their raw qualities and releasing countless albums under a number of monikers.

DJ Paul, Crunchy Black and Juicy J took time out of their busy schedules to share some of their favorite albums with ARTISTdirect!

DJ PAUL'S PICKS:
Eazy-Duz-It
Eazy-E
Eazy-Duz-It
"Because it’s the first gangsta album. Eazy was straight up gansta. That was a really good album, man."

Bigger and Deffer
LL Cool J
Bigger and Deffer
"I love that album. 'I’m Bad' is my favorite song. It’s also one of my favorite videos. I learned how to scratch from watching that video."

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
"It had some bangers on that. It some I grew up with songs like 'Bring The Noise,' 'Night of the Living Basehead.' There were a lot of good songs on there."

The Mack
Willie Hutch
The Mack
"Willie Hutch RIP. That’s my favorite old school R&B Singer."

Mystic Stylez
Three 6 Mafia
Mystic Stylez
"That speaks for itself. That’s our first gold album."

JUICY J'S PICKS:
Straight Outta Compton
N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton
"For the production, man; Dr Dre. They had some hard songs: 'Fuck the Police,' 'Straight Outta Compton.'"

Niggaz4life
N.W.A.
Niggaz4life
"I mean man, I can list all of the NWA albums for real."

Chapter 2: World Domination
Three 6 Mafia
Chapter 2: World Domination
"That’s when we first blew up."

When the Smoke Clears
Three 6 Mafia
When the Smoke Clears
"That’s our first platinum album."

Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin
Project Pat
Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin
"It was just me and him and the music. It was a straight street."

CRUNCH BLACK'S PICKS:
Both
50 Cent
Both Albums
"Because he said he was gonna take over and he did. I like a man of his word."

Welcome
Damian Marley
Welcome to Jamrock
"I like different music. Being a music man I like to listen to different music so I know what the people like. I like artist have more than one song. The fans need more than one song. I like his whole album."

Killer
Killer Mike
Killer Mixtape
"I like that. Ever since he came out he been the same. No changes. No acting funny. He’s real."

Any
Eazy-E
Any Album
"He’s gangsta and I like gangsta. That’s real gangsta music. He stands 10 toes down."

Here,
Marvin Gaye
Here, My Dear
"Marvin Gaye keeps your mind right. If you got a woman you need some Marvin Gaye or Bobby Womack in your life."

Thanks to Three 6 Mafia for sharing their faves with us! Their latest album, Most Known Unknown, is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store

Three 6 Mafia Bio from Discogs

American hip-hop group from Memphis, Tennessee.



Established 1991 in Memphis with DJ Paul (3) (Paul Beauregard), Juicy J (Jordan Houston) and Lord Infamous (Ricky Dunigan). The original name for the hip hop group was "Backyard Posse", followed shortly after by "Triple Six Mafia" and they originally did "horrorcore" music. The group formed through releasing several EP's from their own record company with Nick Scarfo, Prophet Entertainment, later launching their own label, Hypnotize Minds.



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).



Evolving slowly but steadily over the years, Three 6 Mafia (whose name is a reference to the biblical number 666), began as an exploitative, horror-themed underground hardcore rap sensation yet went on to enjoy some mainstream success years later, eventually winning an Oscar and scoring some major hits.



The group's membership varied from album to album, with the one constant being the duo of Juicy J and DJ Paul (3), who are producers as well as rappers. Other notable Mafia affiliates at one time or another include Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo, Lord Infamous, Koopsta Knicca, La' Chat, Project Pat, Killa Klan Kaze, and Indo G. The production acumen of Juicy and Paul also brought about a number of side projects including Tear da Club Up Thugs, Hypnotize Camp Posse and Da Headbussaz, and independent label ventures; the guys initially did business as Prophet Entertainment, later as Hypnotize Minds, working out deals with Relativity Records, Loud Records, and Columbia -- all in turn.


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