Today in Hip-Hop: Three 6 Mafia Drops ‘When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1′ Album
On this day, June 13, in hip-hop history…
2000: Memphis rap collective Three 6 Mafia released their album When The Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1. The group rose to prominence in the late ’90s on the strength of their dark, gritty, street style. The Mafia’s fourth album was the first to be certified Platinum. Often regarded as their best work, the LP featured the popular song “Sippin’ On Some Syrup” featuring UGK. It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.
The album also served as Three 6 Mafia’s final body of work featuring all original members. Shortly after its release, several members, including Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca left the group, either due to money disputes or plans to start a solo career. Remaining members DJ Paul and Juicy J continued to release music under the original moniker, winning an Academy Award for their song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” from the 2005 movie Hustle & Flow. A reunion album (sans Juicy J) is planned under the new name Da Mafia 6ix.—Chris Mench
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