Most Known Unknown is the eighth full length studio album, as well as the second platinum album from Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia. It was released in 2005, and is the follow-up to the 2003 album Da Unbreakables. This album is known for having some of Three 6 Mafia's biggest hits, including "Stay Fly" featuring Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG, "Poppin' My Collar" featuring Project Pat (though Pat's verse wasn't included in the first edition, but would later be included in the re-issue) and "Side 2 Side" featuring Bow Wow and Project Pat (with Bow Wow and Project Pat's verses, like the "Poppin' My Collar" remix, would not be used in the first edition, but would be released in the re-issue, along with another remix featuring Kanye West and a slightly different sounding melody). This album would prove to be their biggest success to date, topping the old success of the 2000 album When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1. The original version was released on a regular CD version as well as a DualDisc version. The re-release also had a bonus version, with two remixes of "Poppin' My Collar" and "Side 2 Side". A chopped and screwed version by Michael Watts was also released.
Along with chart topping hits, this album also featured several well known guest rappers, including Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Trick Daddy, 8Ball & MJG, Young Buck, Remy Ma, Bow Wow (only on re-issue), Kanye West (only on re-issue), Lil' Flip, as well as the Hypnotize Camp Posse (Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Frayser Boy, Lil Wyte, Chrome, Boogey Mane, and Granddaddy Souf).
Most Known Unknown opened at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the R&B/Hip-hop charts with 370,000 copies sold. It was propelled to gold status by the help of its lead single, "Stay Fly" and was certified 3x platinum by June 2006, also being helped by their second single, "Poppin' My Collar".
Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous was notably missing from both the tracks and the album cover. Many rumors speculated that he either left the group or was kicked out; these rumors were put to rest when DJ Paul, Lord Infamous' half-brother, told sources that the reason for Infamous not being on the album was due to a stint in jail. Leaving only Crunchy Black, DJ Paul and Juicy J
Three 6 Mafia had reissued "Most Known Unknown" titled, "Most Known Unknown (Reissue)" It was released June 20, 2006. Differences include:
* 7. "Poppin' My Collar" Remix featuring (Project Pat)
* 9. "Side 2 Side" Remix featuring Kanye West
* 16. "Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
* 21. "Side 2 Side (Remix)" featuring (Bow Wow)
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Three 6 Mafia are an Academy-award winning, American rap group originating from Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1993 as Triple Six Mafia by brothers DJ Paul & Lord Infamous. The group at its most featured six members including; Crunchy Black, Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca (who were all added shortly before the release of their debut album Mystic Stylez). The group has also collaborated with many rappers on their own label; Hypnotize Minds, where they have kick started the careers for many Memphis rappers, such as; Frayser Boy, Gangsta Blac, Lil Wyte and Indo G. The group frequently collaborates with Project Pat (Juicy J's older brother). Their 2005 song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards.
The group released their debut underground album Mystic Stylez in 1995 through Prophet Entertainment, a record label they created but have since relinquished control. Their musical style—which initially featured dark, menacing beats with equally gritty lyrics—has since moved to a more mainstream sound. The group has also had numerous lineup changes, and now consists only of original members Juicy J and DJ Paul. Nonetheless, they have cultivated a sizable and diverse cult following that has only increased since their Oscar win. They have released two RIAA rated platinum albums; When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 and Most Known Unknown, the latter featured their well known single Stay Fly, which is said to be the cause of their rise to fame and the mainstream. They have since gone on to collaborate with many well known singers and rappers such as Akon, Jim Jones, Tech N9ne, Paul Wall, Ludacris, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida. Their latest album entitled Laws of Power is set to be released Summer of 2011.
The group started in 1993 in Memphis with DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard), Juicy J (Jordan Houston) and Lord Infamous (Ricky Dunigan). The original name for the hip hop group was "Backyard Posse". The group formed through the release of numerous EPs from their own record company with Nick Scarfo, Prophet Entertainment, which were sold around Memphis and the Mid-South. Later DJ Paul and Juicy J formed their own label, Hypnotize Minds Records. During their early career, they also propelled the careers of several other rappers. Eventually added before the release of Mystic Stylez were rappers Koopsta Knicca (Robert Cooper), Gangsta Boo (Lola Mitchell), and Crunchy Black (Darnell Carlton).
The group expanded and help start the careers of notable Mafia affiliates such as Project Pat, La Chat, Lil Wyte, T-Rock, Killa Klan Kaze, and Indo G. The production acumen of Juicy and Paul also brought about a number of side projects such as Tear da Club Up Thugs, Hypnotize Camp Posse and Da Headbussaz as well as independent label ventures.
At this point in the group's evolution, having signed to a major label and having scored an admirable hit single, group leaders DJ Paul and Juicy J began extending their brand. They started by releasing solo albums by Gangsta Boo and Koopsta Knicca, solo albums by their affiliates and compilation-styled albums such as collections of tracks from earlier years (Underground Vol. 1: (1991-1994), Underground Vol. 2: Club Memphis, Underground Vol. 3: Kings of Memphis).
Academy Award win
On March 5, 2006, Three Six Mafia (now consisting of Juicy J, DJ Paul and Crunchy Black) along with fellow rappers Frayser Boy and TD made history as they became the first black music group to win an Academy Award for Best Song (the first black artist to do so was Isaac Hayes for Theme from Shaft in 1971) and also became the first hip hop artists to ever perform at the ceremony. The group was nominated for the song "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp" from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack.
Television personality Jon Stewart talked about the event, saying "To recap, Triple Six Mafia: 1. Martin Scorsese: 0." Scorsese would finally receive his own Oscar, for Best Director, the following year.
Events after Academy Award win
World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Mark Henry uses their song "Somebody's Gonna Get It" as his entrance theme and can be seen on Monday Night Raw. The song was the first track they did after the receiving their Oscar.
On June 7, 2006, Sony officially acknowledged the departure of original Triple Six Mafia member Crunchy Black. He stated his reason for departure was to make a solo album that DJ Paul and Juicy J had allegedly put off for years, with most of the material being used for Most Known Unknown. Thereafter Triple Six Mafia consisted just of remaining members DJ Paul and Juicy J.
The two producers of the group had their own reality show, Adventures in Hollyhood, on MTV. The show focused on what it's like to be a member of the Triple Six Mafia, balancing the increased fame after their Oscar win while attempting to stay true to their loyal fans. The show premiered on April 5, 2007 at 10 p.m. Eastern time on MTV. for Adventures in Hollyhood
Three Six Mafia are featured on Justin Timberlake's "Chop Me Up" from his album FutureSex/LoveSounds, along with record producer/singer/rapper Timbaland.
DJ Paul and Juicy J appeared in the May 9, 2008 episode of the CBS television series Numb3rs, which revolves around the murder of a rapper. The group also performed "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)" on the show.
As of early 2009, Lord Infamous was featured on DJ Paul's new solo album Scale-A-Ton, which was released on May 5, 2009. Lord Infamous was featured on 8 tracks. Juicy J's Hustle Till I Die album was released on June 16. Juicy J's album featured his brother Project Pat and other rappers such as V-Slash, Gucci Mane, Webbie and Gorilla Zoe.This text has been derived from Three 6 Mafia on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0