The majority of the legendary Memphis rap crew Three 6 Mafia—DJ Paul, Gangsta Boo, Crunchy Black and Koopsta Knicca—have rebranded themselves Da Mafia 6ix and embarked on a 54-day 50-city US tour. The only OG Three 6ers not present in this incarnation are Juicy J—currently enjoying his own rebrand as the druggy ratchet uncle of Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang crew—and the late Lord Infamous. Da 6ix dropped 6ix Commandments late last year, soon before Infamous' untimely death.
Being preternaturally lazy, I hadn't lately checked Studio Seven's calendar lately in my rounds for this week's My Philosophy—I was shocked to get word late yesterday that our city will be hosting this highly influential crew of Oscar winners—and yes, the greatest ever Queen Latifah award-show moment will always be her unbridled joy at calling their name onstage.
To paraphrase a wise man, though, you should never let a statue tell you how nice you are. The Mafia are innovators, inventors of a gothy, creepy and highly druggy strain of rap that's more resonant and relevant than ever today—it's pure raucous Memphis devil's music, the du-rag sporting grandchild of the blues. If this is relevant to your interests, Slogsters, go thataway. First, read this Vice interview with them, because it's got more quotables than I could possibly quote here.