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Three 6 Mafia

Members DJ Paul and Juicy J performing live
Background information
Origin Memphis, Tennessee
Genres Hip hop, Horrorcore
Years active 1991–present[1]
Labels Sony Music Entertainment, Hypnotize Minds, Columbia Records
DJ Paul
Juicy J
Former members
Crunchy Black
Gangsta Boo
Koopsta Knicca
Lord Infamous

Three 6 Mafia (formerly Triple Six Mafia and before that Backyard Posse) is an Academy Award-winning[2] American rap group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1991 by DJ Paul, Lord Infamous, and Juicy J, they shortly thereafter recruited fellow Memphis rappers Koopsta Knicca, Gangsta Boo, and Crunchy Black. The group also frequently collaborates with Project Pat (the brother of Juicy J). Their 2005 song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards.

The group released their debut underground album Mystic Stylez in 1995 through Prophet Entertainment, a record label they created but have since relinquished control over. 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 DJ Paul and Juicy J. It is unknown if Lord Infamous is back with the group on a full-time basis. Nonetheless, they have cultivated a sizable and diverse cult following that has only increased since their Oscar win. DJ Paul's new solo album Scale-A-Ton was released May 5, 2009, and Juicy J's solo album Hustle Till I Die was released June 16, 2009. Their latest album entitled Laws of Power was set for release in January but has been pushed back to June 29, 2010.



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", followed shortly after by "Triple Six Mafia" and originally did "horrorcore" music. 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's membership varied from album to album, with the one constant being the duo of Juicy J and DJ Paul, 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, T-Rock, Project Pat, Lil Wyte, Killa Klan Kaze, and Indo G. The production acumen of Juicy and Paul also brought about a number of side projects (Tear da Club Up Thugs, Hypnotize Camp Posse, 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.

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 group member solo albums (Gangsta Boo, Koopsta Knicca), non-group member solo albums (Killa Klan Kaze) and also compilation-styled albums (Tear Da Club Up Thugs, Hypnotize Camp Posse, Da Headbussaz, and Prophet Posse). Around this time, they also released 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 6 Mafia 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.[3] The group was nominated for the song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack.

Three 6 Mafia were credited by their real names, Jordan Houston (Juicy J) and Paul Beauregard (DJ Paul), along with two new group members, Darnell Carlton (Crunchy Black),and Taylor D (TD) and label mate Cedric Duane Coleman (Frayser Boy), although host Jon Stewart did refer to them as "Three 6 Mafia" after their victory, saying "To recap, Three 6 Mafia: 1. Martin Scorsese: 0."[4] Scorsese would finally receive his own Oscar, for Best Director, the following year.

Events after Academy Award win

World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Mark Henry uses their song "Somebody's Gonna Get It"[5] as his entrance theme and can be seen on Monday Night Raw. The song was the first track they did after the recieving their Oscar.

On June 7, 2006, Sony officially acknowledged the departure of original Three 6 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 Three 6 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 Three 6 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.[6]

Three 6 Mafia are featured in Justin Timberlake's "Chop Me Up"- FutureSex/LoveSounds, along with record producer/singer/ rapper Timbaland.[7]

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.[8]

As of early 2009, Lord Infamous was featured on DJ Paul's new solo album Scale-A-Ton. DJ Paul's Scale-A-Ton album 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.[9] Juicy J's album featured his brother Project Pat[10] and other rappers such as V-Slash[11], Gucci Mane[12], Webbie[13] and Gorilla Zoe[14].

The group now has their own Youtube pages, DJ Paul's being "djpaulkomtv"[15] and Juicy J's being "juicyjcomic".[16] 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"[17] and DJ Paul's being "djpaulkom".[18]



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


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

Original television series

Video Games

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006 "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" Academy Award Won
2008 Three 6 Mafia AMA Favorite Band/Duo/Group Won
2009 Three 6 Mafia BET Award for Best Group Nominated


External links

Simple English

Three Six Mafia
Origin Memphis, Tennessee USA
Genres Southern hip hop, gangsta rap, horrorcore, electro hop
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Project Pat
Website Three 6 Mafia website
DJ Paul
Juicy J

Three 6 Mafia is a rap group from Memphis, Tennessee. They became a band in 1991 and released their debut studio album Mystic Stylez in 1995. They are signed to Sony Music Entertainment, Hypnotize Minds and Columbia Records and have won a Academy Award in 2006 for Best Song.


  • Mystic Stylez (1995)
  • Chapter 1: The End (1996)
  • Chapter 2: World Domination (1997)
  • When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 (2000)
  • Choices: The Album (2001)
  • Da Unbreakables (2003)
  • Choices II: The Setup (2005)
  • Most Known Unknown (2005)
  • Last 2 Walk (2008)
  • Laws of Power (2010)


Three 6 Mafia's Official website

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