The ATL is definitely holding it down for the Dirty South these days, but Three Six Mafia's latest CD, the Most Known Unknown, reminds us that Tennessee is just due north of HOTlanta. In the style of gangsta flow like Eightball&MJG, Three Six comes thru with another tight album. See, the crunk music that has recently reached popularity all over, has been evident in Three Six's music for years; they are old pros while these other cats are entering their rookie seasons.
For them to be so influential in the sound of rap these days, it is a wonder that they don't get the props and publicity they deserve. They made this point in the album name and intro, which is a mix of some of their most known hits like "Tear the Club Up", "Who Run It", and "Sippin on Syrup". Did we forget Three Six was responsible for these club bangers? No, but the media must have, because I've never seen them on the cover of a Vibe or Source magazine.
Regardless of that fact, "Stay Fly", their current single, is just the tip of the iceberg. "Poppin' My Collar", featuring Lil' Flip, is a superstar ode to the lifestyle of the rich and pimpin'; very catchy. And "Side 2 Side" is a club rocker for those Dirty South ganstas who like to `lean back' like Fat Joe. Even I found myself doing like the song said, "just twistin' my body from side to side". It's definitely riding music.
Whether it's a plus or minus, Three Six sticks to their lyrical agenda of ridin', pimpin', spendin', being dangerous, and just being themselves. But I was a little disappointed with "Swervin'," a collabo with Mike Jones and Paul Wall. It has the signature Mike Jones drawl in the hook, but that was about the best part. Still, there are very few misses on the album. Make sure you check out "Knock The Black Off Yo A**", and "Don't Cha Get Mad." And ladies, they even cut one for us, "Pu**y Got You Hooked" f/ Remy Ma. Containing a sample from "Roll With Me", they rhyme about how women get these cats gone. But each time Remy whispers, "pu**y got you hooked", Three Six hollers "HELL NAH!" I guess they aren't hooked; it's the rest of these lames. Ha! Whatever, Three Six.
All in all, Three Six Mafia has stuck to the script and produced another hot album, making me really wonder why they are the Most Known Unknown. Maybe this album will get them where they're trying to be.
Rating: (3.5 Vibes out of 5)
Guest Artists: Project Pat, Young Buck, Eightball&MJG, Frayser Boy, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Boogiemane, Remy Ma, Lil' Flip