Release Date: Jun 24, 2008
Record label: Sony
With a multi-platinum previous album, a remarkable Academy Award win for the Hustle & Flow soundtrack, a once six-piece crew now shrunk down to a duo, plus a street date pushed back for more than a year, Three 6 Mafia's ninth official album, Last 2 Walk, went through a difficult birthing process. It also could have been "highly anticipated" if it weren't for leadoff single "I'd Rather" knocking expectations down a peg. Put the odd and very MTV-friendly choice of Good Charlotte on the guest list and things began to look grim and embarrassingly forced, but Last 2 Walk features enough of the group's original gutter stance and scrappy attitude to reclaim fans, at least ones who remember the good old days when minimal, pounding hooks and one thug track after another were more important than crossover potential or cohesive albums.
Academy Award winners for Hard Out Here For A Pimp (it’s the joke that keeps on giving) and MTV reality show stars of Adventures In Hollyhood, Three 6 Mafia are now much more than just the pseudo-?Satanic Memphis rap monsters they were in the 90s. How they survived so much adversity is a mystery, but they stick to the same ol’ sociopathic script on Last 2 Walk. It doesn’t take long to discern the Three 6 formula: bombastic, 808-?heavy electro-?synths over cold-?syrup-?slow DJ Screw-?inspired beats and simplistic lyrics mostly consisting of threats, boasts, snaps, slang and hype.
The Oscar-winning "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" catapulted Three 6 Mafia from hip-hop's Most Known Unknown to another million-dollar Memphis collective. Three years and one Crunchy Black exit later, DJ Paul and Juicy J stand as Three 6's Last 2 Walk. Their ninth LP puts the two in a lyrical lowrider, short on gas, lost, and "high like Tony Montana" ("Weed, Blow, Pills").