Three Six Mafia once known as Triple Six Mafia was formed in 1991 with DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard), Juicy J (Jordan Houston), and Lord Infamous (Ricky Dunigan). The original name for the dark hip-hop group was “Backyard Posse“.
The group formed from the release of numerous EPs from their own record company with Nick Scarfo, Prophet Entertainment, which was 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 to the group before the release of the group’s debut studio album, Mystic Stylez in 1995 were rappers Koopsta Knicca (Robert Cooper), Gangsta Boo (Lola Mitchell), and Crunchy Black (Darnell Carlton).
Fast forward to 2006 and the years of hard work would pay off with Three 6 Mafia became the first hip-hop group to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song with “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” (which they co-wrote with Frayser Boy) as one of the theme songs for the Film Hustle & Flow.
Today the group is no longer together although in 2013 Dj Paul made and attempt at reuniting the squad calling them Da Mafia Six minus Juicy J who went on his own solo career signing with Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang, the death of Lord Infamous and Gangsta Boo leaving the group would eventually end the reunion and the group would call it quits.
There has been plenty of talk between founding members Dj Paul and Juicy J as to a reunion although seems more shade then actual plans being made has transpired.
Today we pay homage to the Grammy Award Winning group that paved the way for today’s southern rappers with a style that’s unknowingly duplicated in today’s generation of rap.
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