Juicy J
Golden Child

juicyj.jpgHip-hop history was made March 5, 2006 when Three 6 Mafia performed their song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” at the Academy Awards. It was the first time any rappers had ever performed on an Oscar stage. Then, when the group won the Best Song category for their track from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack, Three 6 became the second hip-hop artist to ever win an Oscar (Eminem was first with “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile). After a jubilant acceptance speech, a good amount of joyous tears and a night of heavy partying, Three 6 hit the Hollywood circuit and have been going hard ever since. With tons of mainstream press and a slew of bizarre new fans, the hard-working Memphis crew has been greatly enjoying their sudden success. XXLMAG.COM recently caught up with group leader Juicy J to discuss their new found fame, his brother Project Pat getting out of jail and what winning the gold statue means for hip-hop.

Do you get tired of answering questions about your Oscar win?
Nah, nah. I do not mind answering any questions about this Oscar because it was such a great experience. I promise you that for anyone who’s ever won an Oscar, it’s a night to remember. It’s one of the biggest days of our lives.

Did you guys ever think you were going to win?
Never in a billion, quadrillion years. The whole group was real nervous when we got on stage because we’ve never done nothing like that, and billions of people was watching. Once they said, “Three 6 Mafia to the stage,” my heart started beating so fast. When I was walking to the stage, you know [how] a boxer, before he goes in the ring, starts jogging? I was actually trying to do that and work up body heat to calm myself down. And once I got on the stage I saw Jamie Foxx and he was like, “Yeah, do your thing, yeah!” And I was like, “Okay.” When I saw Jamie Foxx give us a two-thumbs-up, I was like, “Cool, we can do this now. We gonna do a great show.”

Everybody kept saying that you guys had the best acceptance speech…
It was so real and we didn’t write down an acceptance speech. It was nothing written down. When they said, “Three 6 Mafia,” we went crazy. My mama said, “Boy, I ain’t never seen you jump that high.” I dedicated it to her and to my Dad. My Dad had had surgery the day I found out we got nominated. I’m like, “Dad this is for you. I’m out here hustlin’ and grindin’, but I won this Oscar for you. I love you.” He said, “I’m proud of you. I didn’t know the music was going to take you this far but you done did it.” My Dad has always been there by my side, watching me growing up.

Are you doing crazy press? We’ve see Three 6 Mafia on some weird shit since then, like Crunchy Black teaching Ellen how to dance on her show.
Oh yeah, we doin’ stuff that I never thought I’d be doing, which is great—especially Ellen’s show. It’s just a blessing, man. It’s so exciting. Everyday we wake up to something brand new. This is big for Three 6 Mafia. A lot of people who never knew who we were or just said, “Hmm, Three 6 Mafia? Maybe, maybe not.” Now they love Three 6 Mafia. Everybody showing us a lot of love. This is big for hip-hop now. We just here to keep this hip-hop fire alive.

You also got your brother, Project Pat, back this year. You been in the studio a lot together?
Yeah, we workin’ on Pat’s album. It’s called Crook By the Book. It’s coming out great. Actually, I just got to New York and I’m getting ready to go on 106 & Park in a minute. But we in the studio tonight doing the finishing touches on [Pat’s album]. That’s my brother. I’m so glad to have him back. He’s in the studio all the time. He does a lot of writing for Three 6 Mafia. He’s an incredible writer. I’m telling you, it’s just overwhelming.

What’s next for you guys?
We just stay with the music—that’s what got us here. We keep it real with you. We still say in the same city. Telephone number ain’t changed, it’s still the same. The only thing that has changed is the prices. But we still in this hip-hop game, man. We gotta keep spreadin’ love in hip-hop, letting everybody know hip-hop is here to stay. We gonna keep hope alive and keep doing what we doing, keeping everything positive.

Is it going to be more expensive to get Juicy J and a DJ Paul beat these days?
It depends on who the artist is, because we still grinding. I like working with other artists that grind. If I would really have to top the question off, I would probably say no, because we keeping it real. This is what I love. This is what we do, and I like working with underground artists. I love it.

  • bluerid

    MARSHALL CAN U PUT THIS CLOWN OUT OF MY SIGHT PLEASE.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AusarsPlace The God

    BIG UPS for winning

  • bluerid

    ok big ups for winning.peace

  • http://YAHOO 1 K.I.N.G W.A.T.R

    SOUTH IS MAKIN MONEY EAST GHOST NIGGAS ARE LOOKIN LIKES SOMES DUMBIES. THERE SLOW THINKERS,THEY HAVE WAC STLYES, THEY CANT RAPP, EVERYBODY THINKS THAT BESIDES THE PEOPLE BUYIN THERE SHIT. BLUERID IS LAME. I KNOW HES FROM THE EAST. AND ANY OTHER LAME ASS SUN DUNN ASS NIGGA THAT GETS ON THIS POST QUIT HATIN. AND MAKE MONEY 3-6 LEGENDS,SOUTH IS HERE TO STAY. FROM EVERY COUNTRY TOWN RIGHT BACK TO THE BAY.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOUTHWEST NIGGAS MAKE THE MONEY.EAST COAST NIGGAS SWEET AS HONEY!!!!!!!!!

  • bluerid

    YEP IM LAME FOR EVER DISSING CAM BUT I WANTED TO PUT MYSELF IN THAT POSITION SINCE IM A FEMALE AND SUPPOSED TO BE MORE WACK THEN A GUY YOU KNOW.

  • bluerid

    CAMRON-WHAT I GOTTA LIVE FOR?

  • rellmo84

    3-6 are legends i think there production is very underated i cant recall a 3 6 beat i didnt like.But that oscar wasnt for the south it was for hip hop congrads three six(now put the coke away)

  • bluerid

    shit man whats happening cam?

  • Rome

    they couldn’t find a better picture than that? lol

  • she

    so I guess PARIS HILTON is on the grind?

  • BIG Pimp Daddy

    Three 6 mafia is the shit right now in hip hop

    i love the song stay fly from them its the shit

  • http://www.memphis10s.com Shantris

    Congrats to Three 6 for their win and all of their success!

  • http://www.memphis10s.com Shantris

    Congrats to Three 6 for their win and all of their success!

    Visit: http://www.memphis10s.com

  • http://XXLMAG number 1 3-6 fan

    THEM WAT HAPPEND 2 LORD INFAMOUS , MC MACK N SCAN MAN PLAYA FLY LA CHAT GANGSTA BOO T-ROCK ALL THOSE GOOD RAPPERS OF HCP

  • Skinnyscale

    lord imfamous is in jail. everyone else left the hcp.

  • fred

    three six aint nothing but bitches they music suck juicy j grill is fucked up give it up this shit aint working for yall and why is everyone leaving yall ass most of yall claim these niggaz are legends well to me they aint nothing but hoes and bitches. this is coming from a true Gotti fan cause dat boi Yo Gotti is the truth. yall kno it but try to hide it

  • screw music nigga

    i had a lay over memphis, this week and i see why these still live there. the women r off the chain beautful, check out 3-6 screw shit even better when blunted

  • http://myspace.com/lottalix LottA Lix

    Yo, I am a producer and I’m tellin you. For those guys to win that award it was real big. I have always been a three-six fan. I’m just really proud of those guys. Keep doin ya’ thang! Peace.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM Big D #70 @UT

    CONGRAT FO YALL AWARD AND ALL BUT YALL NIGGAS KNOW THAT YO GOTTI IS THA KING OF MEMPHIS CAUSE THREE SIX DONT DO SHIT FOR THE “M” YO GOTTI IS DOING EVERYTHING YALL AINT DOIN AND THAT IS EVERYTHING . YALL THINK YALL THE KINGS OF MEMPHIS YALL NIGGAS TRIPPING GIVE GOTTI THA FUCKING CROWN CAUSE IT GOING DOWN and yall niggas cant do nothing about its going down and aint no fuckin around tha king of memphis yall trippin gotti got the fuckin crown
    ps. somebody help that nigga dj paul to get that baby ass arm fixed and yall niggas (three six ) stop sniffin that shit coke heads

  • http://www.thabank.com THA BANK

    BIG UP FOR BREAKING BIG RECORDS> MY NIGGA PROJECT PAT BACK ON THE MUTHAFUCKING TOWN. THA BANK IS ON THE POPPIN MY COLLAR REMIX CHECK IT OUT!!! NEXT TIME DONT FORGET TO THANK BOOGALOO YALL KNOW THAT NIGGA KEEP PUSHING YALL SHIT> ITS THA BANK AND JUICY J NIGGA YOU OWE ME A DRINK BUY DA BAR!!!

  • Jay Hood

    Big ups to the 3 6′s. But one thin’ y’all mu’fuckas got it all fucked up is. I’ve been bangin’ Three 6 Mafia eva since and now that they came up with Most Known Uknowns y’all showin’ some mad love to them vets. I ain´t mad at y’all, tho but y’all gotta keep it trill. I got all they albums and i´m still waitin´ for they new album. M.E.M.P.H.I.S. THREE 6 MAFIA FOR LIFE. Peace to Lord Infamous.

  • $$G-MONEY$$

    BOUT TIME THREE 6 GOT THEY SHINE, BUT WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THAT DJ PUAL AND JUICY J ALBUM?

  • that nigga odis

    damn dawg i been lookin for that pat cd
    bootleg so if any yall niggas find it yall need to halla

  • that nigga odis

    o yeah the joint is crook by da book
    and im from east side makin cheese so
    shut your mouth b**** maid ass kingwatr
    i had it to 36 they hot but i ride my own nuttz

  • Kim

    what is wrong with dj pauls hand?????

  • 79cent

    I never liked three 6 mafia too much, but I must give them my respects. They stayed true to who they are and made it big time. I love stay fly and I think the have a very bright future ahead for them.

  • Austin SUCHA

    Hey, good job juicy for winning that award but you need to stay up and recognize what is important. So many rappers out here now and days are selling out. I just don’t want my favorite group the triple six to lose what they have and that is your gangsta. No other rapper in hip hop right now have it like you do. What is important is your fans! Not the fans you have now, the fans from the begining. The fans that listen to you guys before going into a fight, the fans that listen to you for those real thugged out beats and hooks, the fans that can relate to you guys about the everyday struggles of the streets, and the fans that are like, ” Man, I could listen to this shit all day. Every song not just the singles.” That is what you have three six and you need to maintain that. All these actors and rich fucks aren’t going to be there for you till the end and you need to realize that or your going to be like all the fruity ass rappers now that have lost their thug and are making those gay ass club songs. It hurts me to see three six rapping with bow wow because that boy isn’t gangster he is just a rich fuck that didn’t have to do a danm thing to get where he is at except open his mouth cause we both know he doesn’t write his own shit. That whinny sounding Dupri bitch is. Plus wasn’t is little punk ass rapped? I don’t know if he was but I think he was. That boy also thinks he is big with that skinny boy six pack he would get eaten up if lived on any streets. I bet the only fights he has gotten into was with his mom probably punching her and shit. Also I am glad Pat is out of prison because he the most gangsta rapper there is and probably that there ever will be. He has so many singles but never will sell out because he maintains his meanness with it. I also got to say something about Jamie Fox. I know he said something about doing a song with you guys after his gay little exceptance speach and annoying singing. Tell that sold out wannabe soul singing can’t act ass to fuck off. He hangs out with Tom Cruise for christ sakes. He will be your friend for a little while just while you guess are having all of this publicity over the award but when it dies down he will cut you off and go with what ever is popular at that time. Use the real soul singers that are gangster in your songs. Like when Pat used the O’Jay’s. Put some more shit like that on your albums not that poppy shit Fox sings. What I am trying to say through all of this letter is don’t sell out and stay gangsta because money will come in do time trust me and when that money comes the way you should you will still have your honor. Honor is much better than money because with money comes material things and fake respect. With honor comes self-respect and real respect. I respect you Three Six Mafia. You have been there from the beggining of southern rap and you have maintained thus far and I hope you continue dropping that hardcore shit down. I am jamming those two songs from Project Pat right now (good googly moogly and don’t turn around). Also Juicy put out another single album, that album was great. Stay true to what you are and don’t change for no one. Peace out!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Much love
    Austin

  • whatthefuck

    ay shawty above me, amen to that. took the words right outta my mouth. i hope juicy j, all yall three 6 mafia guys read this shit.

  • proto-j

    i’m from Louisville,ky and three six been bumping around here for a long time and it sucks they can’t get appreciation for the classic shit they put down like prophet posse and shit like that but the new shits alright need to put some a dem rappers who used to be on they shit like indo g and the kaze but its all good congrats on the grammy^!^!^!^!^!^!!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!!^!^!!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!^!!

  • http://idk kid boo

    a i want’d 2 know where the hell iz llord infamous?? or the rest of the crew i know dey aint cool but.. i want’d 2 know if dey would think of squashin their beef cuz if dey did and came back to tha old days dey would be THE KINGS of the south no doubt bout dat

  • kiss my ass

    aye yo who this fred nigga up top on this post hating on 3 6 mafia….nigga fuck you and ho gotti, who the fuck is yo gotti?i never heard of this nigga probably should be named po gotti, fag ass nigga…fuck fred, nigga south the only reason rap alive right now bitch and they makign all the money, all you can do is complain like a bitch, well keep on complaining and sit there take the south ruling rap cause you hate it, so sit there and take it bitch is nothign u can do about , you or homo gotti, fuck dat nigga mane

  • The Tight

    Its ooooooooonnnnnnnn who run it 36 thank you juicy the don dj paul the king project pat the gansta crunchy black the secret weapon for make my ear so happy wit your bangin music by the way 36 is the creative of the crunk music fan from dominican republic

  • http://www.xxlmag.com kingcapone

    all i gotta say these niggas is very very underrated for yall hating ass bitches 36 got some of the baddest beats ever fucking made they produce they own shit, for yall slow niggas out there, im from the no pity windy city we love them dudes out here like if these niggas was twista or sum shit and for yall east coast niggas man granted these dudes aint lyrical at all but feel me on this,if im gettin hi or if im bangin out here in chicago im not trying to here no bullshit i dont give a fuck how lyrical a nigga is dont give a fuck if jay-z or nas popped out with a new cd im not trying to listend to that shit i want some ridha music some gansata ass beats some gansta ass hooks yall feel me im not trying to here is hard knock life with a gay ass beat matter affect i like lyrical niggas im from chicago niggas out here is lyrical like a muthafucka.you just gotta accept that niggas from the south make diffrent type of music what would the fucking rap game be if we did not have diffrent styles the shit would monotone,everything the same.these niggas don’t compromise they music for no one they keep it gansta.oh yhea and if you a backpacking rap nigga most likely you wont get it don’t hate cause the east coast is the dick ridin capital of america,and im not hatin, a lot of niggas from the east addmited the shit like santana and 50 cent said the same shit before.they wasnt trying to fuck with no south no mid west but as soon as lil jon blew up every body from the east want a lil jon beat,everybody want a kanye west beat,yall feel me.now every body is gonna want a 36 mafia beat and i recommend that 36 overcharge this dick ridin ass niggas.oh yhea and irv gotti or yo ho gotti is garbage thats why 36 dont fuck with him his new cd is pure garbage you cant compare his cd too most known unknown on any level or they undreground cd’s.holla at me haters

  • The Tight

    kingcapone i feel you thanx i’m a real 666 mafia fans i got cds from mystic styles to most known unknown i gotit all peace 3-6 mafia 4 life baby shut the fuck uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup

  • http://aol.com msmommie

    sOUNDS LIKE ALL YA’LL NIGGAS DICK RIDIN’ 666 MAFIA. FRANKLY, FUCK ALL THEM NIGGAS IF THE MONEY DON’T BENEFIT ME OR MINE. I LIKE THEIR MUSIC BUT THEY AIN’T LOYAL TO THE HOOD… I LIVE IN MEMPHIS AND I DON’T NEVER, NEVER, EVER SEE THEM NIGGAS IN THE HOOD. THEY GETS NO HOOD FAME… NO HOOD RESPECT… WHAT UP YO GOTTI….

  • http://www.xxlmag.com kingcapone

    so know a nigga can’t give props to a certain artist cause all of the sudden im dick riding?so now what,what that shit mean,so that means you dick ridin yo gotti now?nigga i stay’s in the streez i don’t want to mention the nation i belong to cause all these faggot ass niggas is gonna start hatin on my nation but my name should give you an idea,but back to the subject i met those niggas by my hood no body guards this shit was around october 2005 and chi-town got some of the meanest streets in america,thats why young buck’s chain got stolen and whoo kids chain too.and we robbed cam’ron for his pink mink coat.as far as them niggas being loyal to yo hood,the hood is the first niggas to hate when you make it,and they the first one to kill you too,look at jam master j,big l.soulja slim.they beyond that shit.they got every thing too loose you dont nigga.

  • Ski

    Big ups to Triple Six Mafia on dat Big O. And Big ups to everyone like myself that has supported them boyz for the long hall.

    Triple Six Since 97′

  • MAK

    Scan and Mack left for the same reason crunchy finally left. They kept putting they shit on the back burner(remember that kamikaze-2nd album). And they wasn’t getting paid.

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