This leading US rap crew has released a prolific number of albums under various aliases, all characterised by a fixation with violent thug-life themes and some truly malevolent imagery. Three 6 Mafia emerged from Memphis, Tennessee in the early 90s, and soon became a fixture on the underground mix-tape scene. DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard) and DJ Juicy J (b. Jordan Houston) first met up in 1991 when they began rapping over their own tapes. They began working with local MCs Crunchy Black (b. Cedric Coleman), Gangsta Boo, Lord Infamous (DJ Pauls brother) and Koopsta Knicca under the Triple 6 Mafia moniker, releasing the underground hit Smoked Out Loced Out. Their first official album as Three 6 Mafia was 1995s Mystic Stylez, which followed the blueprint of their underground releases by rapping explicitly about sex, drugs and violence over a backdrop of harsh beats and eerie synthesizers. They fuelled further controversy by attacking...
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