Today In Hip-Hop: Three 6 Mafia Wins An Oscar

On this day, April 20th, in hip-hop history…


2006: Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia made history by becoming the first hip-hop group to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song and the first hip hop artists to perform at the Oscars.  The song was in the film Hustle & Flow which starred Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Three 6 performed the record during the live broadcast along with Taraji who sang the hook in the film.

Shortly after performing, they took home the Best Original Song Oscar for the Juicy J and DJ Paul-penned song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” beating out songs from Transamerica and Best Picture winner Crash. This makes them the second hip-hop artist to win the award. Eminem won in 2003 for the 8 Mile hit single “Lose Yourself.” After the group gave probably the happiest acceptance award speech ever.


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