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In Focus: Three 6 Mafia

Memphis, 12.06.21

Focus on Three 6 Mafia

Throughout the 1990s, Memphis group Three 6 Mafia carved a singular lane through hip hop. Brothers DJ Paul & Lord Imfamous, alongside Juicy J, pulled from an assortment of stylistic influences - gangster rap, Tennessee soul, horror films, the occult - coming together to form a style initially known as "horrorcore".

The group would move away from the tag as they found wider success in the 2000s, but the swing of their instrumentals and the menace remained. The motifs they became famous for - triplet flows, deep 808s, a penchant for codeine - created an entirely new aesthetic that still informs contemporary rap.

ONY mixes an hour of Three 6 Mafia's best cuts in this In Focus.

Tracklist

  • John Carpenter
    Halloween The Hanger Soundtrack
  • Three Six Mafia Presents Choices
    The Restaurant Scene
  • Earth, Wind & Fire 
    Mom
  • Three Six Mafia
    Talkin
  • Three Six Mafia
    I'm So High
  • Three Six Mafia
    Victim Of A Drive By
  • Three Six Mafia
    Mystic Stylez
  • Pumpkinhead II Bloodwings (1994)
    Zone Of Nothingness (Periphery)
  • Three Six Mafia
    How It Went Down
  • Three Six Mafia
    Playa Hataz
  • Lord Infamous 
    Damn I'm Crazed
  • Three Six Mafia
    Lockdown
  • Koopsta Knicca 
    Stash Pot (Remix)
  • Three Six Mafia
    Walk Up To Your House
  • Three Six Mafia
    Late Night Tip
  • Three Six Mafia
    Pass That Junt
  • Three Six Mafia
    Nine To Yo Dome
  • DJ Paul, Lord Infamous 
    Interlude
  • Three Six Mafia
    Break Da Law '95
  • Three Six Mafia
    Memphis (Remix)
  • Three Six Mafia
    Time For Da Juice Mane
  • Co-Ed 
    Roll With Me
  • Three Six Mafia
    Now I'm High
  • Three Six Mafia
    Anyone Out There
  • Robert Pastorelli
    Fitz Aka Cracker
  • Three Six Mafia
    From Da Back
  • Three Six Mafia
    Grab The Gauge
  • Juicy J
    SHUT THE FUCK UP
  • Three Six Mafia
    I Thought You Knew
  • Three Six Mafia
    Tryna Run Game
  • Three Six Mafia
    Da Summer