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Three 6 Mafia
Last 2 Walk

HYPNOTIZED MINDZ/COLUMBIA

It may have taken over a decade, but Three 6 Mafia finally crossed over. Following their contributions to the indie film “Hustle & Flow,” the Memphis monarchs not only won the Academy Award for Best Song, for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” in 2006, but earned their first platinum plaque with their seventh LP, Most Known Unknowns. Sometimes, though, you gotta take the good with the bad. Shortly after breaking into the mainstream, DJ Paul and Juicy J lost longtime group member Crunchy Black, who opted for greener pastures as a solo act. Continuing to press on, the reconfigured duo finessed their California dreams into a 2007 MTV reality show, “Adventures in Hollyhood.” Now, after three years with hardly a flicker of musical buzz (last year’s “Dope Boy Fresh” fizzled out quickly), Three 6 Mafia return with their long-delayed follow-up, Last 2 Walk.

Determined to prove their success was no fluke, the duo spend a chunk of the disc trying to convince listeners they haven’t gone pop. “Corner Man” finds them insisting that they’re still No. 1 dope suppliers, while, on “Trap Boom,” Paul kicks more of the same (“See, I ain’t the nigga that was up at 5 o’clock to sell no rocks/I’m that nigga that was out at midnight to drop off a block”). Unfortunately, their street boasts seem a tad far-fetched and overdone.

Paul and Juicy do succeed, however, when they loosen up the ice grills and just have fun. Check the get-high anthem “Weed Blow Pills” and “I’d Rather,” their raunchy ode to oral sex. The album’s best moments, though, come courtesy of two UGK features. First there’s “I Got,” a Southern flip of Zombie Nation’s 1999 techno smash “Kernkraft 400,” which finds Paul and Juicy bragging about the finer things in life, alongside a posthumous Pimp C hook. Then there’s the bouncy, 808-driven “On Some Chrome,” complete with stellar verses from Bun B and Sweet James.

It wouldn’t be a Three 6 Mafia album without some crude and disorderly material, so the pair tap into their tear-the-club-up roots on the crunkdafied “I Told ’Em” and appeal to less-desirable chicks on the comical “Dirty Bitch.” But Paul and Juicy take a loss on “Playstation,” thanks to an outdated and childish hook (“Play with your PlayStation/Don’t play with me, boy”). While most of the album’s subject matter is just as frivolous, the Good Charlotte–assisted “My Own Way” offers a rare moment of introspection. Over a somber, piano-laden track, Paul contemplates the overall effect of the group’s Oscar win on their career, as he spits, “One night in March ’06, my life changed in a sec/Whether for better or for worse, I can’t answer that yet.”

In the time that’s passed since their last LP, Juicy J and DJ Paul have become certifiable stars. Problem is, their latest offering doesn’t quite live up to the musical magic of their past body of work. While Last 2 Walk isn’t perfect, it still offers fans remnants of Three 6 Mafia’s celebrated past. Whether mainstream America is ready for another dose of Paul and Juicy remains to be seen. But even if they never win another award, it doesn’t matter, because they were too hood for Hollywood, anyway. –Paul Cantor

  • Hoh Oho

    This album solid.

    • moe

      THIS IS BY FAR THEIR WORST ALBUM…THESE FLABBY COUNTRY NIGGAS ARE WASHED UP. THEY NEED TO GET BACK TO THAT MYSTIC STYLEZ TYPE SHIT AND GET LORD INFAMOUS BACK FOR THAT REAL NIGGA SHIT.

  • ryan

    im a fan of 3 6 and their label but all the dates being pushed back added anticipation to the whole thing but the record as a whole was sub-par…production was decent but the songs were too short and inconsistent…too many features

  • ShadySoldier101

    First

  • Pimp C

    On Some Chrome & Click Bang were dope as hell. Had about 3 or 4 other bangers, but you can’t front like you’re not selling out then doing shit with Akon and T-Pain on the same damn cd. Those collabs were terrible. 2.5/5

  • himynameismike

    When the smoke clears was their first platinum plaque, get ya facts straight

    • niggafrommemphis

      project pat went platinum too.and before they went major 11 years ago,they were platinum indepently.

    • http://www.myspace.com/romello6130 romello6130

      THANK YOU!!…i was just bout to say that…east coast critics dont know shit when it comes to southern music…and fuck what anybody say, this album is bangin…MAFIA FOE LIFE HOE!!!…

      http://WWW.MYSPCAE.COM/ROMELLO6130

  • breaksandbreaks

    What this CD sold?

  • Vicious Seiger

    LAST 2 WALK – MONUMENTAL DISAPPOINTMENT – WEAK ASS SINGLE – DOPE BOY FRESH IS MISSING AND IT’S JUST SOUNDS LIKE THE LABEL GOT THEIR HANDS IN THE POT AND JUST DESTROYED THIS ALBUM’S POTENTIAL. MAYBE THEY ARE BETTER OFF INDEPENDENT OR IF THE LAST ALBUM WASN’T AS SUCCESSFUL AS IT WAS. I KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG WHEN IT DIDN’T COME OUT LAST YEAR.

  • Chris

    This wasn’t as bad as that peice of shit most known unknown but it isn’ up to mystic stylez or da end level. This wasn’t even as good as When The Smoke Clears. It did have good songs like First 48 w/ DJ Spanish Fly, 8Ball & MJG, and Al Kapone.

  • SouthCakC23

    I don’t know what the hell y’all listened to but this ablum goes hard. This is classic 3-6. How they gone leave out lolli pop….certified club banga. How they gone leave out the track with Lyfe Jennings.

    the writer disregarded some of the hottest songs on the album.

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  • http://www.pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzoe

    i wish crunchy, lord, koopsta, and gangsta boo were still in the clique. this is the first cd that i haven’t bought from them in like 9 years.

  • http://www.pimpinpens.blogspot.com enzoe

    however, there are still a few bangers like “on sum chrome”
    i just can’t get into these guest appearances: Good Charlotte, T-Pain, Akon, Game.
    They should have had the same type of guest appearances that they had on When The Smoke Clears
    Mr. Serve-On, Insane Clown Posse, Big Gipp, Fiend, Young Buck, Prophet Posse, more gangster shit.