Before David Banner rode his Cadillac on 22s, they were Ridin Spinners. Before Lil Jon got crunk, they tore the club up. And before Bone Crusher said he was Never Scared, they told people, Dont Be Scared. They are the Three 6 Mafia.
But the Hypnotize Minds headliners arent out reaching for recognition. They dont need to. Theyve been making noise below the Mason Dixon Line before the New South movement. From the frosty set of their forthcoming video with Kay Slay, DJ Paul and Juicy J brought the heatjust like theyve done the past 12 years.
AllHipHop.com: First I wanted to lead off with the situation with your label. If I have it correct, dont you have it where you can do independent albums and then come out and do your major albums?
Juicy J: Yeah, fasheezy. We still can do that. I feel like Im a slave, but not a full-fledged slave. You know the master is giving us a little leeway to move around. You know, pick cotton, make our own cotton fields, pick our own cotton over here and make our own money. Thats how I put it.
AllHipHop.com: So was there any problem with that arraignment when Loud Records folded?
Juicy J: Nah, nah, nah, master didnt have a problem with that. They thought everything was cool with that. You know master be good to us boys sometimes, us country boys.
AllHipHop.com: We had an interview with Gangsta Boo in September, and she was talking about you tell her everything is love and support, but she said because you got the money youre quick to say its about love with each other. And she said your artist LaChat couldnt even pay her rent when she was with you.
Juicy J: You know, I really dont want to comment on peoples negativity, because Im trying to be positive right now Thats what my mama my mama told me; She said if you aint got nothing nice to say then dont say it.
DJ Paul: LaChat had a house and an apartment and two cars. Boo was hating on her from the beginning, because Boo didnt want another girl in the group. But Chat was good until she started doing other things.
AllHipHop.com: With the last album, was that an attempt with the lead single and the sample you used, to branch out to the East Coast?
Juicy J: When we made that song, it was just a song. If it goes to the East Coast, if it goes to the West Coast, then God bless it. Its music that we just made, we make music for everybody: East Coast, West Coast, overseas. Whoever wants to bop their head to it.
DJ Paul: Nah, I wasnt trying to do nothing special with it. We rap about hood shit, and thats what niggas was doing at the time we wrote the song. So I just wrote the song about it.
AllHipHop.com: As far as Down South hip-hop, No Limit had their run, then Cash Money, then you guys were going to have yours when you joined Louddo you still feel like youre a part of that movement, or do you feel like youre a part of the New South movement with Lil Jon and David Banner?
DJ Paul: We from the original South that had Master P and everybody from back in the day. But its all South. We been dong this for 12 years, so its nothing new about this.
AllHipHop.com: Do you think youve earned the props or status nationally like the people before you like P and Cash Money?
DJ Paul: Nah, I dont think we out there like we should be for all the stuff that weve done. I still think its a lot of props thats due to us, but f**k it.
Juicy J: I think we are like an off-and-on type group. Cause you know, Columbia dont understand our music. Thats master. Master dont understand our music, and so they have a hard time. The might promote this one, and the hell with that one. So I think we are like off-and-on. I think maybe like one day, one day well get that good run. Weve had some good runs. But weve had some bad runs. But we still pushing, man. The album went gold. We got Lil Wyte, our new artists Frazier boy.
AllHipHop.com: Can you speak on them?
DJ Paul: His album is in store now, Lil Wyte, and he about to sell 100,000 independent. Frazier boy go down in a couple of months. We just try to keep it rolling.
AllHipHop.com: Whats up with Project Pat? When are we gonna hear another release from him?
DJ Paul: This year. He got a mixtape that just came out called The Appeal. It got two new joints on it. He still locked up, probably until January.
AllHipHop.com: You got Choices 2 coming out, is that an actual part 2? Or the second part in a series?
Juicy J: Its an actual part two, like a sequel.
AllHipHop.com: Speaking of the movie, compared to Master Ps Im Bout It, or State Property, people who have watched it feel like its an actual movie, because its that good.
Juicy J: The movie went platinum, so it sold a lot and got some good reviews. Its really an independent movie like how Master P used to do. Thats where the money is.
DJ Paul: We look at as a hood movie. Because when you look at the movies that come out a lot these days, their pretty much made for white people, you know what I saying? Its only so often youll get a movie for black folks, one Cube brings out or something. So in between them times, I try to keep something out there for the hood niggas to look at. I like a lot of movies, like white people movies or whatever, cause I like movies. But when my homeboys be coming over to my house and shit, they be like dang you aint got nothing but the crazy ass movies, you dont got no hood sh*t. So that why I try to make shit for hood niggas.
AllHipHop.com: You mentioned Cube, do you want to take your movies to Hollywood?
DJ Paul: One day, I want to try that. Right now Im chill.
AllHipHop.com: So when is your next release?
Juicy J: We got the Choices 2 soundtrack, and then we going to work on Crunchy Blacks solo album, maybe another Three 6 Mafia, Tear the Club Up Thugs, Frazier boy, Lil Wyte, we just work, man. I cant say exactly whats going to coming up, but when it comes up youre going to hear about it. We going to promote the sh*t out of that joint.
AllHipHop.com: How do you separate the material for Three 6 Mafia and Tear the Club Up Thugs?
Juicy J: Ah, we just do it. We just make sure it has enough space to get sales.
AllHipHop.com: Do you think you would take Three 6 Mafia back independent after your deal with Sony is over?
DJ Paul: I dont know. I got to see what people would be offering me.
AllHipHop.com: Wheres your music going now? In the past, fans have focused on the satanic worshiping thing, but what the music like now?
DJ Paul: Just ghetto shit, man. Thats it. Hood music. We just keep it the same.