Artist – Three 6 Mafia
Years Active – 1991-Present
Notable Album – Most Known Unknown
“Now when it comes to getting bread I got the keys to the bakery
A lot of dudes wear they play, man they some fackery
Let me catch a girl up out some work in my site
And I believe I’m gon be atcha in the daylight with a flashlight
I’m trying to get paid however money is made”
Three 6 Mafia have lived more lives than perhaps any other entity in rap. They originated in Memphis in 1991 as a sort of horror-themed group, in the same way that Wu Tang Clan is kung fu themed. DJ Paul and Juicy J were two of the founding members, and the two members who stuck with the group the longest as others came and went.
Over the next 25 years, the Three 6 Mafia would have its ups and downs. For the most part they could never escape the “underground” label they started with, and their releases were never embraced the same way other acts were.
They did, however, win an Academy Award for their song “It’s Hard Out Here for Pimp,” used on the soundtrack for the movie Hustle & Flow.
They would never reach such heights again. In-fighting and delays hurt their momentum, and to date they have not been able to work their way back into the limelight.