Three 6 Mafia
Straight To The Bank

three-6-mafia2.jpgThree 6 Mafia was the first hip-hop group to ever win an Oscar for Best Song [“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” off the Hustle & Flow Soundtrack] at the 2006 Academy Awards. Now, DJ Paul and Juicy J will be the first hip-hop group to have their own reality show on MTV — Three 6 Mafia’s Adventures In Hollyhood. The series premiers tonight on MTV at 10 PM ET/PT and is the creation of executive producers DJ Paul, Juicy J and Ashton Kutcher (of Punk’d fame). The show finds J, Paul and their entourage moving from their hometown of Memphis, TN, to the bright lights of Hollywood, CA. The cameras follow the group as they assimilate into the California culture, party with movie stars and record their new album, Last 2 Walk. As expected, the series is filled with laughs as Three 6 and their crew tries to bring the ‘hood into Hollywood. But with all of their newfound money and fame, is Three 6 Mafia selling out by doing a reality show? Can the Kings of Memphis keep a level head while splurging in the Hollywood limelight? XXLMag.com talks with DJ Paul and Juicy J about staying true to their roots, their new reality show and upcoming album.

You guys have dabbled in film [Choices, Choices II: The Set Up], so was television a natural progression for you?
Juicy J: We originally started doing [movies] just to sit back, drink and trip off ourselves. So we always liked doing that sort of thing. But now, I like reality shows more than I like sitcoms. So we were like, “Let’s do one of those. Let’s see life through the eyes of Three 6 Mafia for 30 minutes a day.” [This show] is [like] Three’s Company and Sanford and Son put together with a little Memphis style on the side.

Is it weird getting all this attention and having people jump on the bandwagon after winning your Oscar?
DJ Paul: Of course we’ve gotten more attention after the award, but doing this show was something we’ve been talking about before with our label [Columbia/Sony BMG]. There were different ideas, but we didn’t know which one we wanted to go with. Actually, in the past, we’ve had a few people come to us about doing a reality show. So there were always different ideas, but this was the one we needed to [go with]. We wanted it to be funny, entertaining and educational at the same time.

Educational, huh?
Juicy J: Oh man, the whole show is educational. Each episode we have a lesson — how to cook, how to get a nice Hollywood woman, how to record an album and present it to a label. We have everything on there. We even have a workout session. You’ll be a different person after you watch this show. It’s gonna turn you into a “new you.” When the show comes out, you can [also] go online and we’ll be doing stuff like a cooking session where we give recipes on how to make some good ol’ fashion southern food.

DJ Paul: That’s why it took so long to come up with the show, [because] we wanted to cover all the aspects — to educate, be funny and entertain. It’s edutainment! We like to kick it and hangout, but at the end of the day, we’re still doing business. I guarantee you don’t want to miss an episode. It’s not like one of those shows where if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all — ya know, [people] running around, farting and whatnot. We’ll be doing that too, but it’s got a lot of content. Every episode is completely different.

Tell us about the episode where you throw a party but only one person shows up.
Juicy J: We call that the “Shit Happens” episode. That’s when we first moved into the neighborhood. People didn’t know who we were, so they were a little nervous, but it’s all good now.

Did MTV limit what you guys could do on the show?
Juicy J: No, because we’re executive producers along with our manager and Ashton [Kutcher]. So we could do whatever the hell we wanted to do. We were in the editing room and everything, trying to make sure that it’s the best show possible.

How do you respond to critics who feel you’ve sold out or swayed too far from the Three 6 Mafia mold?
DJ Paul: Our music is still the same. It hasn’t changed at all.

Juicy J: We’re still the same. It’s still gangsta through the music. Some of our fans may think we’re selling out, but they’re gonna love our show. We’re just kicking it, partying and doing our thang. Our fans are gonna be like, “We love those niggas,” because we’re on there having a nice time. This is probably the easiest money I’ve ever made. We’re getting drunk, hanging out with woman and recording [our] new album. I could do [this] for the rest of my life.

Do you hope this show will introduce you to even more audiences than before?
Juicy J: Yeah, because we have our fan base just like MTV does. Hell, I’m one of those [fans]. Sometimes I just keep my TV on MTV and watch everything that comes on. I just sit down, laugh and whatever. So they have their fan base but the show is going to put both of them together. We’re going to help each other out. We’re going to bring MTV a new following of viewers that probably wouldn’t sit down and watch because they’re out in the streets hustling, saying, “I don’t have time.” Well, they’re gonna sit down and watch our show to see what we’re doing.

three-6-mafia3.jpgDid you guys ever imagine your career’s getting this big?
DJ Paul: Never. We never thought we would get any success off anything. We’ve been blessed. But when it [does] happen, you have to [be] aggressive.

XXL ranked your upcoming album, Last 2 Walk, as the fifth most anticipated album of the year. What can fans expect from it?
DJ Paul: We got Paul Wall, Lil Jon, 8Ball and MJG [on the album]. We have some local rappers from Memphis [on there], like, Al Capone and Spanish Fly. We have a few regulars on there, like, Project Pat and Lil Wayne. But we also did a song with Good Charlotte.

How did that come about?
DJ Paul: We’re into their music. We met on TRL and I was like, ‘We gotta do something together.’ So when they came back to California from touring, we hooked up.

How do you balance keeping it “real” and doing a song with Good Charlotte?
Juicy J: You just do that. You just keep it real. There ain’t no formula to it. You can’t let all the different things or changes going on in your life make you a different person. You have to stay focused and keep it true to the homies. I can’t tell you how to do it. It’s just something that you have to do on your own.

Are there any plans for a second season of the show?
Juicy J: We don’t know if there will be another season until this one comes out and does well. We gotta make sure people watch it and the ratings go up.

  • Holla

    LOL – these guys are idiots.

    Their show ain’t gonna be educational – lol.

    “You’ll be a different person after you watch this show. It’s gonna turn you into a new you.”

  • the champ

    im sure they were real serious these dudes crack me up cant wait to watch the show 2nite

  • Atl’s own

    man i can’t wait to watch dis shit!

    cuzz deez dudes strait clowns!

  • Money Man

    this show is gonna be funny as hell

  • haterFoLife

    Where is lil Wyte?

  • http://XXLMAG.com YounGutta aka Blaque Czar(LongLiveDaKing)Mw

    Fucking ridiculous ass dudes..gotta luv em!!!!!

  • triplesixninja

    triplesixistheclick

  • Holla

    who gives a fuck about lil wyte? Dude is trash

  • Rodjilius

    three 6 have been in the game for i dont kno how long and now theyre down to just 2 juicy j and dj paul and they just keep doin it big

  • cpruitt

    Crunchy Black is kicking his own ass right now…

  • eastside#1stunna

    HYPONTIZE MINDZ

  • Jay Slay

    Hey U can’t front Bitch Ass Hoe “Holla” Fucking Lil’ Wyte is a hard ass, lyrical white dude. If he had the proper people he could be big and you know that shit.

  • Holla

    No, he sucks and your probably white – so that’s why u stick up for him. He’s irrelevant. Aint nobody checkin for his skinny, punk ass. He can’t rap for shit and that’s a fact.

  • JAK ME HOFF

    FUK ALL THAT COONISH SHIT…GET OUTTA HOLLYHOOD NIGGA

  • runninthe617

    you serious? lil wyte is fuckin ill you just a hater cat got serious flow

  • heltaskelter

    fuk lil wyte…three six need lil wayne to come on the sitcom…………
    just to verify the fact they suck monkey pole

  • BIGNAT

    you guys some fools who cares about lil wyte he was never a memeberof the group. also pat like a memeber they never make a album without him being on it. i can’t wait till that three six show that bitch going be on in 3 minutes hahahahah

  • WHITE?????

    I’m white and I’m from Memphis and LIL wyte is a bitch. Nobody in Memphis likes that skinny lil bitch. I knew a couple of people who have beat the fuck out of that ho. Put yo thunbs up. North North.

    By the way. I can flow better than lil wyte. Ima do a freestyle about him.

    Lil wyte is “on acid”, but he got his grown ass kicked. Fuck his “finally famous” bitch ass, better make like damon and dash.

    I don’t even rap and I’m better than him.

  • Facescar

    HCP 4 LIFE thats all I got 2 say

  • Dipset

    Holla Says:

    April 5th, 2007 at 2:02 pm
    who gives a fuck about lil wyte? Dude is trash

    ^^^ Co-Sign. His name reflects his rapping skills… Fuckin Stupid…

    Ya Dig??

  • 11kap

    evil, wack, satanic niggas. I don’t buy thir shit. It’s bad luck.

  • http://xxlmag.com EJ

    THREE 6! Doing it real big.

  • D.Ware

    These guys are finally started to get what they deserve. They been out for a long time now. I mean I hate to say but once you make it to MTV….hell you done made it!!! I was born and raised in these Tennessee streets…..so rep. that shit Tennessee style!!!

  • Jmillz

    lil wyte is good to bump if your gettin blunted, songs like smoking song, and look like you. Otha then that he’s like a rapper for rednecks. I aint tryin to hate though, switch the style up.
    I aint mad at that.

  • John Cochran

    Crunchy and the gangsta boo back in the group now. They saw the food and they mouthes got to waterin.

  • SDFFD

    play with peters…SHUTTHEFUCKUPPPPP

  • Holla

    Anyone see the show last week? It was pretty hilarious.

  • http://xxlmag.com Big Chris

    chevy same color as urine/ridin same cars we dreamed of since we was chidren/tired of fuckin/i usually fall asleep during/tired of smokin but maybe its stress i’m curin/only shot once been knifed twice/i think it was over something silly like cheaper price/but why gripe/i think this fuckin life is too short/todd shawed these hoes now in in child support court….

  • Macdatruest

    that shit was tight @big chris. anyway, more coons puttin on a menstrel show. An example for Cosmos that even a nigga wit money is still willing to coon out for a few more dollars. And niggas think Kramers is laughing with them and not at them-That’s prolly how they told Flav and Bobby Brown.

  • timmm

    whats the song that lil white makes in the latest epidsode

  • http://hareed.com big hareed

    man the shit is off the change yoo three6mafia keep doing which doing man

  • Locc to tha brain

    this show is sicc

  • Biggie

    3 6 mafia, the best hip hop group out there right now, fuck u haterz!