Based in Memphis, Tennessee, the American hip hop group Three 6 Mafia first made themselves known with their debut album, Mystic Stylez (1995). Founded by Juicy J, Lord Infamous and DJ Paul back in 1991, they started their music career as Backyard Posse prior to settling on their current name. Three years after they were established, Koopsta Knicca joined group in 1994; Crunchy Black was later recruited as a dancer in 1995. Since then, their lineup has changed multiple times; as of 2017, only DJ Paul and Crunchy Black remain in the band. Through their own record company, Prophet Entertainment, they eventually started to record and release a number of extended-plays during their initial years together. Four years after the band got together, Three 6 Mafia released their debut studio album entitled, Mystic Stylez (1995). Although it wasn’t an instant smash hit, it did manage to reach the US Top R&B Albums Chart.
Produced by two of their members, Juicy J and DJ Paul, Mystic Stylez was recorded at a studio in Memphis, Tennessee. According to the former, the group often listened to the songs of Geto Boys, KRS-One and N.W.A. while working on their music. A horror-themed hip hop album, the soundscape has been described by many to be “foreboding”.
Revolving around themes of drugs, graphic violence, murder and Satan, it is noted for incorporating several “dark, menacing beats”.
Following their initial endeavour, they came out with their second full length album, Chapter 1: The End in 1996, which proved to be more successful than their first.
Continuing with their emerging career, Three 6 Mafia released their third album, Chapter 2: World Domination in 1997. Their most successful album at the time, it later went Gold in the United Statesーmaking it their first record to receive RIAA certification. From there, it wasn’t until 2000 that their fourth studio album, When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 arrived in the stores. Since then, the hip hop group has gone on to release an additional six albums including Choices: The Album (2001), Da Unbreakables (2003), Choices II: The Setup (2005), Most Known Unknown (2005), Last 2 Walk (2008), and Watch What U Wish (2015) which was released under the name Da Mafia 6ix. Aside from that, they’ve also released over forty music videos and countless singles. Like most musicians, the group has also collaborated with a number of other artists over the years such as Lil’ Jon, Play-n-Skillz, Killer Mike, Chingy, Justin Timberlake, Lil’ Scrappy, and Ali & Gipp, to name a few.
Looking at their discography, one would notice that their last album release was that of Watch What U Wish… back in 2015ーwhere is the hip hop group now? The fact is, many things have happened to Three 6 Mafia the past couple of years, some more upsetting than others. On October 9, 2015, Koopsta Knicca unexpectedly died from a brain aneurysm, making him the second member of Three 6 Mafia to pass away (the first being Lord Infamous, a founding member who passed away in 2013 from a heart attack). In more uplifting news however, it was announced that Juicy J will be rejoining the group in June of last year.