3 6 Mafia – “Mystic Stylez” review

The 3 6 Mafia were at the time a Memphis hip hop sextet composed of rappers/producers DJ Paul & Juicy J (who solely produced the albums in it’s entirety) as well as Paul’s half-brother Lord Infamous, Koopsta Knicca, Gangsta Boo & Crunchy Black. Although they had dropped a mixtape entitled Smoked Out, Loced Out just a year prior, this is their full-length debut under Paul & Juicy’s own label Prophet Entertainment (which would later become known as Hypnotize Minds). The track “Break da Law (’95)” is a DJ Paul solo cut & Paul’s pretty much talking gangsta shit over an ominous beat. The track “Da Summa” sees everyone but Gangsta Boo & Crunchy Black talking about living summer up & the production on here is so smooth. The track “In Da Game” is basically about dope & everyone on this track doesn’t sound gimmicky at all. The haunting “Fuckin’ wit dis Click” is basically Satanic & everyone on here delivers their verses so confrontationally, that you might think that they’re dead serious. The track “Tear Da Club Up” by the Tear Da Club Up Thugs is self explanatory because the trio is talking about murdering people at the club. The album closes out with “Porno Movie” which is eerie & raunchy at the same time. To me, this is their true introduction to hip hop. Everyone sounds completely different from one another & the dark atmospheric production makes it all sound like a horror movie. Some may only know Juicy for his recent solo work, but this is how I’ll always remember him because he helped putting Memphis hip hop on the map big time with this masterpiece

Score: 5/5

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