Three 6 Mafia

Three 6 Mafia
Three 6 Mafia

Juicy J (front) DJ Paul (back) live 2004.
Background information
Also known as Triple 6 Mafia,
Origin Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Horrorcore, Crunk, Southern Hip Hop
Years active 1991–active
Labels Sony Music, Hypnotize Minds, Columbia
Associated acts Young Buck, Project Pat, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Wyte, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana
DJ Paul
Juicy J
Lord Infamous
Past members
Crunchy Black
Gangsta Boo
Koopsta Knicca

Three 6 Mafia are an Academy Award-winning, American rap group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1991 as Triple 6 Mafia, by DJ Paul, Juicy J, & Lord Infamous, the group at its most featured six members including; Crunchy Black, 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 only of original members Juicy J 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 with Lex Luger (producer) entitled Laws of Power is set to be released Fall of 2011.[2]



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, La Chat, Lil Wyte, T-Rock, Killa Klan Kaze, 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).

Academy Award win

On March 5, 2006, Three Six Mafia (now consisting of Juicy J, DJ Paul, Scott Keith and Crunchy Black) along with fellow rappers Frayser Boy and TD made history as they became the first black music group to win an Academy Award for Best Song (the first black artist to do so was Isaac Hayes for Theme from Shaft in 1971) and also became the first hip hop artists to ever perform at the ceremony. The group was nominated for the song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack.

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]

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 2011. 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.

On March 27, 2011, Juicy J and DJ Paul played a 5 minute set at Republic Live in Austin, TX.

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.



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

  • 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)
  • Los Twiins (2010) Episode 04


  • Choices: The Movie (2001)
  • Choices II (2005)
  • Clean Up Men (2005)
  • Ultimate Video Collection (2006)
  • Adventures in Hollyhood (2007)
  • A Family Underground (2008)

Original television series

Video Games

Awards and nominations

Year won work Award Result
2006 "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" 78th Academy Awards Best Original Song Won
2006 Three 6 Mafia BET Award for Best Group Nominated
2006 Three 6 Mafia AMA Favorite Band/Duo/Group Nominated
2007 Three 6 Mafia BET Award for Best Group Nominated
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


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ Juicy J Talks New Three 6 Mafia 'Laws of Power' Project
  3. ^ "WWE Wreckless Intent: Various Artists: Music". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  4. ^ Official MTV site for Adventures in Hollyhood
  5. ^ "FutureSex / LoveSounds: Justin Timberlake: Music". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Three 6 Mafia Guest Star on NUMB3RS | Three 6 Mafia". Rap Basement. 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Hustle Till I Die: Juicy J: Music". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  8. ^ a b "30 Inches (Feat. Gucci Mane & Project Pat) [Explicit]: Juicy J: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Hustle Till I Die (Feat. V Slash) [Explicit]: Juicy J: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  10. ^ a b "Ugh Ugh Ugh (Feat. Weebie & Project Pat) [Explicit]: Juicy J: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  11. ^ "Канал користувача djpaulkomtv". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Канал користувача juicyjcomic". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  13. ^ "juicy j (therealjuicyj) on Twitter". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  14. ^ Djpaulkom. "DJPAUL THREE 6 MAFIA (DJPAULKOM) on Twitter". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  15. ^ Dj Paul Responds To Fighting w/ Ashley Dupre For The 1st Time!

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