With Juicy J's solo career as a musical frat party totem taking full flight, the rest of the Three 6 Mafia—or what once was the Three 6 Mafia—no doubt felt a tinge of injustice. "Juicy was the main brain behind Three 6 Mafia," Juicy J's brother Project Pat contended in an interview we conducted with him earlier this year. True as this may have been, the Mafia's strength was always in numbers. Although they only reached true crossover success as they shrunk to a two- and three-man team, the group's strongest material was always about an interplay of different personalities that formed like some sort of satanic Voltron.
So DJ Paul, who says "it's about to go down!" fiftyeleven times on this tape, took the helm of Da Mafia 6ix, bringing together Mafia members and affiliates past and present. It's not a project that'll measure up against the crew's classic late-'90s records, but hearing Gangsta Boo, Koopsta Knicca, La Chat, Lil Wyte, Lord Infamous, and yes, Crunchy Black back together is rare enough that one hopes a street in Memphis gets renamed in celebration. For SpaceGhostPurrp, a rapping producer who's made a minor career out of aping the mid-'90s regional rap sound pioneered by Three 6, the chance to produce for the real deal on "Murder On My Mind" is no doubt a personal highlight. But the tape's real standout moment is the epic, 9-minute "Body Parts," a massive posse cut that kicks off with an unexpected, unlisted Juicy J guest spot. —David Drake