Juicy J Speaks on Oscar Win
Juicy J, one of the groups original members spoke to BET.com about the groups recent win, kickin it with Dolly Parton and upcoming projects.
On winning the Oscar: "I couldnt believe it. It was such an adrenaline rush; it was big. I was like whaaaaat? She couldnt have said our name. I couldnt believe it. Every time someone asks me this question, I keep thinking about how when I was looking at the stage at Queen Latifah from the side and when she opened that letter up, it was just the biggest highlight of my life man.
On Terrence Howard not performing with the group: "When I saw Terrence Howard, he didnt really give me an explanation of why he didnt perform with us but when I spoke to him at the Oscars luncheon about two or three weeks ago, he was like, man, they wanted me to perform but Im not going to perform. Im going to go ahead and let y'all have it. I want y'all to go on stage. Its your time, yall been around for years and I want yall to do it. I was like, cool. As far as the rumors, Ive heard a lot of stuff but Im not really paying any attention to it. We were blessed with this Oscar and Im so happy right now, a person would have to shoot me to make me upset right now. As far as people saying all these things, Im just going to pray for them. I dont think they should look at it as it being a bad song or that its bringing black people downbecause its notits an original song for a movie and they should be happy for us. Weve been around for a long time and were using our talents for something positive. We won an Oscar, were the first rap group ever to perform at the Oscars and they should be happy for us."
(editors note: Howard is said to have been approached by several black actors in Hollywood and asked not to perform the song)
On meeting Dolly Parton: "Yeah, I actually met her at this reception they had for all the nominees and she was so cool, man. I took a picture with her and she was like, Oh, were all from Tennessee so no matter who wins; were both going to win. Dolly Parton is real cool."
On the other award show attendees: "Everybody showed us a lot of love, but I think the biggest thing about meeting people at the Academy Awards before and after is that they dont know us. Some people have heard of us, but Three 6 Mafia isnt that known and the people that have heard of us probably still dont know us. When you get to know us and you see that were so cool and laid back, people are like, oh these guys are cool, and theyre not coming in here smelling like weed with pistols in their pocket. We walk into the parties, we smile at everyone, do the interviews, and its all positive energy. When word started getting around, thats when everyone else started approaching us. Folks are so scared to walk up to a rapper; you see the diamond teeth and youre wondering what in the world is going on. When everyone saw that we were cool, they just embraced us. I hope they go buy the CD tomorrow."