Rumors of a full-out Three 6 Mafia reunion have been circling this week with speculation that the comeback would feature all of the Memphis, Tennessee group’s members. Speaking exclusively with HipHopDX this afternoon (June 7), founding group member DJ Paul laid out what fans can expect from the upcoming group and why they have taken on a new name.
“Well, the first thing I want to clear up, and I cleared it up on Twitter yesterday, it’s not a Three 6 Mafia reunion [per se], because all the group members not in it—[Juicy J] is not in it—so it’s not considered a Three 6 Mafia reunion because it’s not Three 6 Mafia," clarified Paul. "I like to look at it or call it just a new project [or] group, it’s a new group, a totally new group—for the most part—and it’s a new project. Like I said, J’s not in it so it can’t be Three 6 Mafia because one of the key members not in it. So I just look at it as a new project that I’m taking on [or] a new group that just happen to be with people that I’ve known for most of my life and that I trust, so that’s why it don’t have the Three 6 Mafia name. In actuality, it’s kind of a Three 6 Mafia reunion, but I don’t want to call it [that], I’d call it a reunion of members of the Mafia, the members who I brought in the group. These are all the people that I brought into the group, these are people that I went to school with or blood-related to. So, it’s a reunion of the members that I brought into our clique.”
— DJPAUL THREE 6 MAFIA (@DJPAULKOM) June 6, 2013
When asked about the specific members of the new group, DJ Paul, who is back and forth between his hometown of Memphis and creating music in Hollywood, California, provided the names of all other previous Three 6 Mafia members besides his current partner and co-founder Juicy J; Paul also described the altered group name and the initial response he’s seen from fans: “Koopsta Knicca, Gangsta Boo, Lord Infamous and Crunchy [Black]. The name of the group is Da Mafia 6iX. So like I said we can’t consider it a Three 6 Mafia reunion without all the members of the [group] being in it so we’ll just say that it’s a reunion of members of the Mafia that created a totally new group called Da Mafia 6iX. [Fans] are going crazy about it on Twitter, they happy as hell, they’ve been waiting on this for years, some of these members have been gone since 2000, you know, it’s 2013.”
Given his absence in the new group, Paul also added that he has remained on good terms and is often in contact with Juicy J though they no longer collaborate musically: “We still talk. But no, I’m not on his album and we haven’t did nothing musically. But we still talk because we still own all the companies together, we still get big checks together, so we still talk business stuff but I’m not on the album.”
Da Mafia 6iX has not yet announced an official release.
Earlier this week, DJ Paul released a 20-minute documentary, Person Of Interest:
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