They have a string of gold and platinum singles and albums. They were the first rap group to win an Oscar and to perform at the prestigious Academy Awards ceremony. They have their own MTV reality TV show. But for Three 6 Mafia, it has always been about the music.
So it's fitting that the Memphis rap powerhouse's fifth major-label release, the astonishing Last 2 Walk, extends its flawless track record and demonstrates that the group remains among rap's premier outfits. Three 6 Mafia masterminds Juicy J and DJ Paul drench the high-octane collection with the type of bone-crushing lyricism and searing, addictive production that have become hallmarks of their material for the last decade-plus.
After going through a number of line-up changes throughout the years, the group is finally pared down to only its essential members. ""We're the last two dudes to walk, DJ Paul and Juicy J,"" Juicy J explains, hence the album title. ""We've been putting it down since day one. In this business, you've got to be focused and a lot of people aren't focused. A lot of rappers come and go, because it isn't easy. I understand what all artists go through, and that's the main thing that keeps us going -- the grind and staying focused.""
Produced entirely by Juicy J and DJ Paul, Last 2 Walk contains the type of mesmerizing soundscapes that have made Juicy J and DJ Paul in-demand producers for such platinum acts as Ludacris, Chingy and Young Buck, as well as their own artists Project Pat and Lil Wyte.
Lead single ""Doe Boy Fresh"" features Chamillionaire and utilizes an intense keyboard progression to set the stage for Three 6 Mafia's street-centered rhymes about maximizing your financial resources to look your best. ""It's about being fresh, whether you've got money or you don't have money,"" Juicy J says. ""It's about coming straight from the hood and being ghetto fabulous. It's from the hood and it's for the hood."""
|Three 6 Mafia revisits their patented, classic sound on a host of block-rocking selections: the confrontational "Bang, Bang," the muscular "Clane Clane," the hypnotic future smash "We Got Da Club," the dark "See Me" and the Crime Mob-assisted, male-female tug-of-war "Suga Daddy."|
Consistency allows Three 6 Mafia to remain potent. "You've got to keep your ear to the streets and you've got to be on top of your game," Juicy J reveals. "Music changes, man. Three 6 Mafia's been out for over 10 years. Different musicians do different things to get their motivation. We get our inspiration from our hometown, Memphis, the home of blues and rock and roll. It's a musical city, so we get our ideas from our culture."
And Last 2 Walk is proof positive.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|With the group's ranks whittled down to two after Crunchy Black's departure, Three 6 Mafia returns with the highly-anticipated studio album LAST 2 WALK. MC/producers Juicy J and DJ Paul continue to lace feverish drum tracks and spine-tingling synthesizer arrangements with rugged Dirty South rhymes, boasting of their Hollywood success on the powerful album-opener "I Told `Em," and the bouncy strip-club anthem "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)." LAST 2 WALK also has its share of odes to the thug life ("Corner Man," "Hood Star"), love letters to substance abuse ("Weed, Blow, Pills," "Rollin'"), and stick-em-up joints ("Get Ya Rob," "Click Bang"). 8Ball & MJG stop by for the furious Memphis posse cut "First 48," while UGK (including the late Pimp C, who also appears on "I Got") are on hand to cleverly rework their classic "Pocket Full of Stones" with J and Paul on "On Some Chrome." Akon, Good Charlotte, DJ UNK, Project Pat, Lil Wyte, and Lyfe Jennings round out the eclectic guestlist.|
|Lil Lil' Wyte|
Associated Artists and Works
|Bishop Don Magic Juan|
|Release Date : 2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 82876 88580|
|Label : Columbia (USA)|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00828768858028|
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On LAST 2 WALK, every track is compelling, with synthesized strings and the usual depth-sounder bass lines inflated with reverb into miniature symphonies."
- "The album's best moments come courtesy of two UGK features. First there's 'I Got,' a Southern flip of Zombie Nation's 1999 techno smash 'Kernkraft 400'....Then there's the bouncy, 808-driven 'On Some Chrome,' complete with stellar verses from Bun B and Sweet James."