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Three 6 Mafia - conducted by Dale Coachman  

Three 6 Mafia

August 2006

MVRemix: Its been said that the reason you named the album Most Known Unknown is because you still feel like you haven't hit that mainstream success, what does it feel like when people call out southern pioneers of Hip-hop like Bun-B, Eightball, Scarface, and Pimp-C and they leave out Three Six?

Juicy J: Well man, it's all good because I never got in this business to try and have an ego somebody gotta call my name out. I actually got in this business because I like the sound of music, and I like workin and makin different sounds and making people dance on the dance floor, and make a little cash on the side. So with us its always been cool. We ain't have no problem bein' recognized and we just called our album Most Known Unknown because we had a lot of hits out that people didn't know we sung like "Tear The Club Up","Sippin On Some Sizzurp" and we go to places and people would listen to those songs and they were like, "Hey man, I didn't know you guys sing those songs when we do shows and stuff." Now the tables have turned and bam, and here we are - we are the most known known, we worldwide. People all over the world from China to Japan to Africa like over in the states everyone knows Three Six Mafia is a name, Academy Award winning group, so it's all good with us.

MVRemix: Black people from the community say Halle Berry and Denzel Washington get these awards for playing these roles of pimps and this, that, and the third - what do y'all have to say to those critics?

Juicy J: I mean it's entertainment man, I mean white people got roles for playing different characters. If you open up the Oscar book, there are a lot of people playing different characters in movies - it's just entertainment. I don't see anything wrong with it, it's just a person expressing their talent. It's like music, you are just expressing your talent. It's like a person doing a score for a horror film or something, or an action movie or any kind of film, a guy making a score can get an Oscar. It's just entertainment.

MVRemix: When you performed at the Oscars did you ever talk to Terrence Howard? Because he got this request from Harry Belafonte and others who said he shouldn't perform this song at the Oscars?

Juicy J: We saw him at the Oscars luncheon and he told us man I want ya'll to go up there and rock the house, I gonna sit back and let y'all handle it. I looked at that like that was a privilege for him to say, "I'm going to let you go ahead and take this over." Terrance Howard is a good dude we got to know Terrance when he was in Memphis and he got to know the people and culture, and I hope we get to work with him again he is a good song writer and he is musically talented.

MVRemix: You have a book coming out called the Fed Story what can we look for in that book?

Project Pat: It's just mainly talking about the situation I went through when I was in the Feds, it's not a biography or nothin'. Its got some things about my life in there, but it's mainly what I went through in the Feds.

MVRemix: They say that people who go to jail are supposed to come out better citizens - from your experience being there for 3 years what was one of the most important things you took away?

Project Pat: I was able to talk about this Fed system more in detail. I knew about the Feds but never experienced the Feds myself so this is another experience I can put on a CD, that I can talk in more detail about. I mean I lost weight, I don't - you know what I'm sayin its cool. I don't think I had to go away that long for them to tell me I can't have no gun but you know it is the law so I had to go to jail.

MVRemix: So lets clear up the situation between you all and Crunchy Blak and he's sayin that when you had to go on tour and promote stuff he was left out and when you went on tour he had to pay his own way, what's the deal on that situation?

Juicy J: I mean like I never talked to Blak on a one on one basis so I really don't know what the critics say or what somebody may put in a magazine, or what they say he may say he said. Crunchy has never called me personally to talk with me about anything, I still love Crunchy and I wish him the best of luck. He left the group I heard so much like you, I heard he left the group because he wanted to pursue his own solo career. I have no idea but I wish him the best of luck. I love him he's a great dude, he's a good friend of mine I've been knowin' him over 15 years and don't have nothin' bad to say about him and that's real talk. If I can't say nothing to a person in that face I ain't got nothing bad to say about a person on an interview.

MVRemix: Yeah, it's weird they said that he was saying the material that y'all have out on Most Known Unknown was mostly stuff that he did and he was supposed to use that for his album?

Juicy J: Nah, like I said man dude ain't called or talked to me personally man.

MVRemix: How do you come up with these different gigs because you were at MTV's My Sweet Sixteen Birthday, WWE, Hugh Heffner's 80th Birthday Party, how do you get these gigs because you seem to be willing to perform any and everywhere on any given day, I feel like if I were to offer you the right price to perform on this corner, you would be right there.

Juicy J: I mean you just have to hustle you got to keep these visuals let people know you still doin somethin', you ain't just doin' music, you're performing somewhere or your doin something for your community, or at the church, just something. You have to keep yourself busy, you plan on keeping your face out there and lettin' people know you're still around, your still doin' something, you got to make your stuff constructive you know.

MVRemix: There saying the track you have "Stay Fly" there was a lot of talk around it being satanic and you talk about Lucifer they say you actually make references to him in the song?

Juicy J: Oh nah that's all false, the song is a sample from a Willie Hutch song called Tell me Why Your Love is Gone we took a love song and sped it up so I think people just listen to things and that's how, you know how rumors get started. That's just a rumor there is no way we can have this success and worship the devil. That's all downhill we don't worship no devil.

MVRemix: You guys did an interview in "05" and they called you guys the good, bad, and the most illicit residue of stateside culture, do you still feel like that today?

Juicy J: I feel blessed, how 'bout that I just feel blessed.

MVRemix: I just read that you guys recently got inducted into the Rock N' Roll Soul Museum in Memphis that's longevity, like no-one could ever forget about you - what does that feel like?

Juicy J: That's huge for us that's a huge blessing that what we about, making big accomplishments, doing something, achieving something, something that's positive. We ain't really wit all this negativity that they be tryin 'to put on Three Six Mafia, you look at us and you see guys thats been around over 10 years in the music business that's still grindin' and still workin' hard. You got to pat a group on the back for doin that, it ain't easy. Some people may fall but we still here today grindin' and hustling and doin interviews, I'm always going to do interviews I'ma do shows, free shows. It don't matter, it's the grind.

MVRemix: Project Pat, it's been said that when you came out from prison you had a deeper message, what can you talk about to that on your solo project?

Project Pat: Well on the album, and I'm gonna be honest with you I'm keeping it straight gutter and dirty south, and really I just getting more in detail with stuff.

MVRemix: You recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with Warner with Hypotize Minds Productions and have got the Choices III movie coming out - what is the plot of that?

Juicy J: Oh, it's a surprise! We got Choices III already done and its called the Return of Big Pat and it's a surprise. I don't even want to give it away it's going to be good and we got more movies... We got one called the Streets of Memphis.

MVRemix: I heard ya'll have a role in the movie Jackass?

Juicy J: Yeah, were in Jackass and we wrote a song for the movie.

MVRemix: Did you get to work with Johnny Knoxville and if so, what was that like workin with him?

Juicy J: I mean them some funny dudes they crazy, they hilarious.

MVRemix: Did they ever put you in any crazy situation where you had to do the stuff that they do?

Juicy J: We actually had them in a situation, I bet this guy I said, "If you eat this horse shit on the ground I'll give you $200" He said, "You give me 200 dollars if I eat this horse shit?" And the dude ate the horse shit and I gave him the $200

MVRemix: Where do you get your sound from back in the day? Bone Thugs N Harmony were trying to steal your sound, where does your sound originate from?

Juicy J: Well nobody really tried to steal our sound - that was all a mis-understanding. We were young and everybody wasn't payin attention to what was really going on. Three Six Mafia's sound is the Memphis sound, the Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Elvis, BB King all that mixture; and that's where we get it from.

MVRemix: Project Pat, I read that you said people take what you say to heart and believe that's really who you are. Has that ever come back to you in a negative way, have people tried to get at you, how do you handle those situations?

Project Pat: Well see the thing is you know, the album is me but not me how I carry it. It's me like if I was in that given situation because you know good and well I'm not around here pullin' no jacks or shootin' no guns. I mean, come on man, I couldn't do that and rap. They was just tryin' to affiliate me with the street off the rapping when I was going to court with the Feds for the guns, but that's why I call the album Crook by the Book because a real crook is in the shadows. If I was a real crook I wouldn't be on know TV rappin, I'd be in the shadows because I'm in the streets. But you know people get it twisted they feel like if people talk about it that's what they doin that's not true. I mean how can a man be in a business making millions of dollars say he's out in the street peddling crack? It don't make sense.

MVRemix: So what do you say to those kids because some artists do talk about drugs and the kids take that to heart and believe that's the way to go. What do you say to the kids who think this is the solution, this is my way out - because the images on the videos they see...

Juicy J: I mean it starts in the home man. I think music is the least thing a person needs to worry about - TV is worse. And then you have to think of it as far as the kids living in the hood, people that don't hardly listen to the radio and watch TV as much. It's out there so everyone has to make their choices in life. I mean you can't listen to a record and say I want to be like this or I see somethin' on TV and think I want to be that, you gotta set yourself some goals, and see it's mainly on the parents. The parents supposed to teach they kids and train their kids because when a kid is growing up he don't know what's going on, you supposed to have somebody that's supposed to teach them. Everybody had to be taught we had to be taught how to talk, use manners, use a telephone and that had to come from the home before anybody taught us anything; your parents or guardian. So I blame it on the guardian if a kid comes out pullin' guns and or robbin' banks. I blame it on the guardian, it's the mom, dad, whoever raised the person that's really the blame not the music.

Project Pat: Music is just entertainment and that's it.

MVRemix: There was a political convention in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and this cat Dr. James White was saying hip-hop has a role to play in addressing the model of the new world, where do you see yourself in that model?

Juicy J: We play our role in doing something that ain't illegal. I know all our lyrics are not right, you know what I'm sayin'? We know that. Everything we talk about is not going to be right on the money bit I mean, we workin legal, we payin taxes, it's a job, it's entertainment, and we give back. A lot of artists are giving back, there are a lot of artists that have foundations. I think people need to look at the more positive things and worry not worry about what we talking about, like what is we doin' for our community, investing money in the hood or taken care of they momma.

MVRemix: What is the struggle like because I know it has to be hard to play both sides of the fence, I understand you gotta eat, I know you know that some of your lyrics offend and affect some people...

Juciy J: Well there was a quote that stuck with me when Bush and Kerry election was going on, there's a quote that John Kerry said, he said you can't please everybody and that's the truth you can't, you could actually do something good and have clean lyrics and there would be somebody who says I disagree.

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