Review: Three 6 Mafia – Most Known Unknown

Three 6 Mafia – Most Known Unknown is the worst Memphis rap album in all of music history. The album has too much of that typical crunk Southern rap sound and pop rap. They had delved into pop rap to the point of no return. Three 6 Mafia already had mainstream success when this particular album was released. They had 4 top-selling gold albums. They were already sell-outs at this point. A majority of the content was drug related and based on drug rap. Much of which had already been popularized. Just not on a mainstream level in terms of modern day standards.

Even though Memphis has got the finest rap, Three 6 Mafia are a bunch of sellouts. Three 6 Mafia are a bunch of faggots who sucked Houston and Atlanta’s dicks. Although Three 6 Mafia was mainly sucking Houston’s dick at that time by adding guests and in-house producers from Houston on their Most Known Unknown album such as Paul Wall and Lil Flip. They should have been more like Tommy Wright III and actually supported each other. Tommy Wright III stayed true to Memphis and kept moving units unlike Three 6 Mafia who screwed artists over such as T-Rock, Crunchy Black, and La Chat. Three 6 Mafia is Triple Bitch Mafia, Triple Dick Mafia, and Triple Dildo Mafia. This is not exactly classic Memphis rap shit.

Poppin’ My Collar is one of the most annoying braggadocios songs off the album. You can tell by listening the cathy but repetitive and annoying lyrics that they were copying the typical Southern rap sound and sucking Atlanta’s dick by incorporating “their style of crunk music” in this song of theirs. This song was played everywhere on urban radio stations across the United States and Canada back in 2005.

The hook has the most catchy yet annoying lyrics ever. Just read the lyrics.

Now every since I can remember I been poppin’ my collar
Poppin’, poppin’ my collar, poppin’, poppin’ my collar
Every since I can remember I been working these hoes
And they better put my money in my hand

Crunchy Black’s rhyming is quite elementary compared to his previous raps and rhymes while he was associated with Three 6 Mafia. Now the words to the end of each line rhyme with each other. For instance, “hood” rhymes with “good” and “wood” rhymes with “could”. Crunchy Black’s rhyming scheme is catchy and typical at this point. He doesn’t need to raise his voice to make himself understood and known that he’s serious.

[Verse 4: Crunchy Black]
She’s just another ho that I met in the hood
I told her I was Crunchy Black and it was all good
She might as well go on head and suck on my wood
And let me whisper something in her ear if I could
I got some hoes out there bringin ya boy back some good
That ghetty green you know what I mean that bitch is understood

Stay Fly is one of their most Satanic songs of 2005. The song garnered controversy for usage of satanical demonic lyrics. You can hear hints of their Satanic horrorcore roots in the song even though Three 6 Mafia were not making anymore of that Satanic horrorcore devil shit at the time. So Three 6 Mafia rerecorded the Stay Fly with different lyrics. However they ended up reverting back to using the original lyrics eventually, feeling that the new lyrics did not fit or match up with the content. The background vocals taken from Willie Hutch – Tell Me Why Our Love Has Turned Cold were altered to say, “Lucifer, you’re my king, you’re my father” and “Lucifer, He’s our king till I die”. Three 6 Mafia worships the Devil.

One thing is for sure is that DJ Paul completely changed the feel of the sample. Some Three 6 Mafia fans say DJ Paul did well on this. That was pretty clever.

Stay High is a clear reference to drugs. Now the song’s original title (“Stay High”, a reference to drugs) was changed for radio airplay. The single helped propel ”Most Known Unknown” to reach platinum status selling over 2 million copies thank to the decisively catchy hook.

Swervin’ has that drug rap vibe similar to Sippin’ on Some Syrup. Swervin’ is Sippin’ on Some Syrup revisited. The song showcases hardcore partying lifestyle of southern trap-rappers. The syrup used in this song refers to a mixture of Codeine/Promethazine prescription cough medicine and soda, which when mixed creates lean, a classic southern concoction and tradition. One accurate example of drug rap from the early 2000s.

However this time they also use marijuana references. The weed with purple hairs is none other than the eponymous ‘purple kush’. Purple kush is also known as dank weed and dank purple. Both of which are synonymous with each other. That fire ass dank weed. By this time marijuana was becoming acceptable in society and was a popular drug of choice. Purple kush was popular in the underground scene. Read the lyrics underneath to understand.

Then you better go get you a freaky little girl
You ask her “Do she smoke weed?” and that bitch holla “Yeah!”
She pulled out some cigars and some weed with purple hairs
Then my kinfolks call and say that he got purple dank

Side 2 Side was a Three 6 Mafia dance song for all of those in the club that don’t dance. This song is for those people that be in the back with their arms folded. Know what I’m sayin? Just in da cut and in the club. This song is specifically for you haters out there.

These people think they are cool because don’t dance. These niggas in here think DJ Paul is a hoe because he is quiet and not on the dance floor with everyone else. The Three 6 Mafia clique is thicker than the other cliques that are in the club. However DJ Paul and Three 6 Mafia will leave those other cliques on the dance floor in tears. Plus he has a big tone due to his social status, significance in the music business, and presence. Y’all suckaz better leave DJ Paul alone.

That is what these lyrics are referring to.

These niggas in here think I’m a ho (I’m a ho)
Cuz I’m quiet and ain’t on the dance flo (dance flo)
But if one of ’em try me (try me)
I’mma be the new ink in his diary (diary)
I bet my clique thicker than his (his)
We gon leave him on the floor in tears (tears)
Plus I got a big tone (tone)
Y’all suckaz better leave me alone (leave me alone)

I rate this album Ø/5.

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