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Three 6 Mafia - Most Known Unknown

Three 6 Mafia, Most Known Unknown

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

THREE 6 Mafia claim to be the ‘most known unknowns’ in the hip-hop industry – a collective who have ‘got a lot to do with what’s going on in hip-hop today’.

A quick check through some of the hottest hip-hop releases on the market reveals that they have collaborated with the best, either vocally or in terms of production assistance.

Comprised of DJ Paul, Juicy J, Crunchy Black and Lord Infamous, Three 6 Mafia carry major credibility within the rap game but have yet to enjoy mainstream success.

Hence, Most Known Unknown, their latest album, which looks set to change things considerably.

The LP is a hip-hop heavyweight in every sense. Hailing from America’s deep South (in this case, Memphis), it’s cut from the same crunk cloth as the likes of David Banner yet is deliberately more mainstream in outlook and a little less sleazy.

The album thrives on a lot of the same ingredients as most Southern hip-hop records, most notably the sharp stabs of synth that underpin the dark menacing beats.

While the topics are all related to the usual nigga chanting, whore-bashing and insights into life on the violent streets.

But they feel fresher and more wise to what it takes to break into the hip-hop mainstream than the likes of Banner and Twista, delivering several decent tracks to break up the repetitiveness.

Former single, Stay Fly is a classic case in point, dropping in some sassy female vocals and a smoother beat with some nice mixing.

Hard Hittaz makes good use of the brooding orchestral strings that are a mainstay of this kind of thing, while Half on a Sack benefits from slowing things down a little and dropping in some scratching.

The obligatory sex anthem, Pussy Got Ya Hooked, featuring more strings, a very sexy beat and the tempting vocals of Remy Ma, keeps things as X-rated as you might expect from the title – but somehow feels less offensive than the juvenile rantings on David Banner’s latest album.

And Don’t Cha Get Mad is a very hip groover, featuring a strong bassline, some touches of Memphis/Motown soul and an unusually upbeat vibe.

Also worth looking out for are the remix of Stay Fly and bonus tracks, Let’s Plan A Robbery, with its rap-along chorus, and Dancin’ On A Pole, another super sexy groover.

So while Three 6 Mafia’s Most Known Unknown may stay pretty faithful to what’s happening on the Southern hip-hop scene at the moment, it benefits from keeping its eye on the mainstream as well.

You could do much worse than checking this out if crunk-heavy hip-hop fits your scene.

Track listing:

  1. Most Known Unknown Hits – Three 6 Mafia
  2. Stay Fly – Three 6 Mafia & Young Buck/Eightball/MJG
  3. Roll With It – Three 6 Mafia & Project Pat
  4. Don’t Violate – Three 6 Mafia & Frayser Boy
  5. Swervin’ – Three 6 Mafia & Mike Jones/Paul Wall
  6. Knock Tha Black Off Yo Ass – Three 6 Mafia & Project Pat
  7. Poppin’ My Collar – Three 6 Mafia
  8. Hard Hittaz – Three 6 Mafia & Boogiemane
  9. Side 2 Side – Three 6 Mafia
  10. Half On A Sack – Three 6 Mafia
  11. Skit – Three 6 Mafia
  12. When I Pull Up At The Club – Three 6 Mafia & Paul Wall
  13. Pussy Got Ya Hooked – Three 6 Mafia & Remy Ma
  14. Don’t Cha Get Mad – Three 6 Mafia & Lil’ Flip
  15. Body Parts 3 – Three 6 Mafia & Lil’ Wyte/Frayser Boy/Chrome/Boogiemane/Proj ect Pat/Grandaddy Souf
  16. Stay Fly – Three 6 Mafia & Slim Thug/Trick Daddy/Project Pat
  17. Outro – Three 6 Mafia
  18. Got It 4 Sale – Three 6 Mafia & Chrome
  19. Let’s Plan A Robbery – Three 6 Mafia
  20. Dancin’ On A Pole – Three 6 Mafia & Chrome
  21. Ain’t Got Time For Gamez – Three 6 Mafia