Guest Star: "We Will Do Another Three 6 Mafia Album But We're Just Chilling On It Right Now"
Monday, Jul 16, 2012 3:30PM
[As Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J continues to flourish alongside Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang, group member DJ Paul talks to SOHH readers about his crew's legacy, the Memphis scene and why a new album is not in the works yet.]
I did a song on the last Three 6 Mafia album that was called The Last 2 Walk and I did a whole song with Memphis rappers.
I put 8Ball & MJG on there, I had Al Kapone on there who wrote "Whoop That Trick" from Hustle & Flow and I even went as far back as to have one of my brothers, DJ Spanish Fly. He was a real popular deejay back in the day in Memphis for mixtapes. He's an older guy now but he still raps. We did that on the last album.
Every now and again it's important to do those. Even since then, we did a whole Memphis album called the Cutthroat. We put it out the early part of last year. We had just signed a bunch of young guys from the hood in Memphis and made a big compilation album out of it. So every now and again you've got to do that.
You've got to try and help some young new guys. It's not necessarily doing collaborations with the already established artists out there but you've got to watch out for the youngsters that aren't haters. You have to reach out to them every now and again.
Right now we're just doing the solo and underground stuff. It's about keeping stuff out there for the Three 6 Mafia fans. We will do another Three 6 Mafia album but we're just chilling on it right now. The record label was really all over the place trying to figure out what they wanted to do and what type of music sound they want.
Do they want pop or do they want some gangster music? So we've got to fall back and let them decide.
Together with production partner Juicy J, DJ Paul played an important role in the South's rise to prominence within the once East- and West Coast-dominated rap industry. Behind the duo's leadership, Three 6 Mafia rose from an underground phenomenon in Memphis to a nationally recognized rap empire, spinning off numerous solo albums for the collective's many members in the mid- to late '90s. Like his production partner, DJ Paul specialized in dark, eerie tracks driven by bass-heavy beats and haunting sounds. He also raps as a member of Three 6 Mafia.