Three 6 Mafia
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Also known as

Backyard Posse, Da Mafia 6ix


Memphis, Tennessee, United States


Hip hop, Southern hip hop, horrorcore, crunk, gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop

Years active



Prophet, Hypnotize Minds, Sony, Columbia

Associated acts

8Ball & MJG, Chamillionaire, Fiend, Frayser Boy, Insane Clown Posse, La Chat, Lil Flip, Lil Wyte, Project Pat, Twiztid, UGK, Young Buck


Past members

Three 6 Mafia is an American hip hop group from Memphis, Tennessee. The group was formed in 1991 by DJ Paul, Lord Infamous and Juicy J, and later expanded to include Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca and Gangsta Boo. The group has created their own label, Hypnotize Minds, where they have launched the careers of many Memphis rappers. Their 2005 song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from the 2005 film Hustle and Flow won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards.

The group released their debut album, Mystic Stylez in 1995 on the underground label Prophet Entertainment, which they created but have since relinquished control of. 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 only consists of original members Juicy J and DJ Paul. The group has cultivated a sizable and diverse cult following that increased after their Oscar win. Two of their albums, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 in 2000 and Most Known Unknown in 2005, have been certified platinum. The latter also included the well-known single "Stay Fly", which is said to have kickstarted their rise to fame and the mainstream. The group has sold 5.5 million albums worldwide.

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