Between 1991-2001, Three 6 Mafia carved their own lane within hip-hop by meshing the sounds of gangster rap, Memphis soul, deep, dark 808s, haunting keys, and horror movie samples.
The origins of the group, first dubbed the Backyard Posse, began in 1991 with South Memphis brothers DJ Paul and the late Lord Infamous as a rap duo dubbed The Serial Killaz, drawing inspiration from their fascination with real life and fictional murderers, the occult, and N.W.A. They, with North Memphis DJ/producer Juicy J gained local notoriety in Memphis by selling their homemade mixtapes in school and performing in clubs across the city and in ‘93, they came together to form Triple 6 Mafia.
Three 6 Mafia’s hyper-violent, shocking, and disturbing lyricism softened as the group became more mainstream, but they never strayed too far from their horrorcore roots, especially in DJ Paul and Juicy J’s sound as producers. So, in the spirit of Halloween, we’ve put together 20 of the creepiest, menacing, and ghastly Three 6 Mafia songs of all time.