Three 6 Mafia Make Oscar History
Mon, 06 Mar 2006 08:53:18
"I think," Jon Stewart quipped, "it just got easier out here for a pimp."
The host of the 78th annual Academy Awards was commenting on the fact that Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia had just taken home the Oscar for Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," a track they wrote for the film Hustle & Flow. Later in the broadcast, Stewart noted: "Martin Scorsese, zero Oscars. For Three 6 Mafia, one."
"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" is not the first rap song to win an Oscar -- that honor goes to Eminem's "Lose Yourself," from the 2002 film 8 Mile. But earlier in the evening, Three 6 made history by becoming the first rap group to perform at the Oscars, delivering a rousing but sanitized version of the song accompanied by an elaborate stage set and dancers that looked like something out of Fame.
"We changed the lyrics up completely. I had to because my mom was watching. I didn't want to say any cuss words," said Jordan "Juicy J" Houston, who co-wrote the song with his Mafia cohort "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Cedric "Frayser Boy" Coleman.
"Right now, when you look around and listen to radio and watch television, hip-hop is taking over," Houston said backstage after accepting the award.
-- The ARTISTdirect Staff
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