The legacy of Three 6 Mafia is almost as mysterious as their music. Originally forming in the early 1990s, DJ Paul and Lord Infamous–then known as the duo Da Serial Killaz–spent their early years reading about the diabolical mind. Paul literally hung portraits of serial killers on the wall in his bedroom and studied their dark motives to get inspiration for what he would eventually put on wax. Years later, Paul and his half brother would release music of their own with Portrait Of A Serial Killa in 1992.
Memphis’ hip-hop scene at the time wasn’t really noteworthy outside of the surrounding states. Early Gangsta Pat tapes provided some structure on how to record what would eventually blossom into the M-Town sound. From 1992 to 1994 prospective Memphis cliques jockeyed for the city’s attention. The unheralded nature of Memphis’ rap output only fueled the fire for those from the area to support their own. If you had songs that got play in the clubs or more importantly, bumped in the whip on Sunday’s at the Crystal Palace skating ring, you were on and there was profit to be had. Mixtapes at the time could sell upwards of 100,000 copies with little overhead. Very few artists had music videos out, radio play, or even a recording budget.
Beanie Sigel, Freeway and Freeway Rick Ross join Monie Love on Philly’s Boom 107.9 and discuss their experience performing with Jay Z again in NY last week for the TIDAL B-Sides concert. They both describe the experience as extremely positive and Beans hints at some new Roc-a-Fella/State Property music in the works.
Hit the jump for another bonus clip of Free speaking on the concert, his new single “Illuminate” and more.
Max B called into Revolt from the NJ State Prison in Trenton earlier this week to discuss the murder of his good friend Chinx. During the 6 minute call, Biggavelli sends condolences to the late Coke Boy’s family and calls the young MC’s murder “senseless”. He also speaks on their relationship, explains why we never really heard them on any songs together, the epidemic of police brutality and more.
The legend Dame Dash sits down with B-Real to get his brain melted and chop it up in the Smokebox. He speaks on his plans to take over the direct to consumer film streaming market, embracing the stoner culture and his plans to capitalize on the new legalization movement, his legal disagreement with Curren$y, his favorite strains and much more.
FADER profiles Retchy P for their latest installment of “Everything You Need To Know”. He lays out the basics of the “finesse” maneuver, or the “G” as we used to call it back in my day, talks about the Loud Challenge selfie game and shouts Lauryn Hill and Steve Jobs.
Chavis Chandler defines overcoming adversity. From the outside looking in, it’s clear that his steady incline in the rap game is due to the constant improvement in his music–a combination of his unique voice mixed with his own original style. Internally though, the 24-year-old Detroit native has had to deal with a lot within the last calendar year.
Just being able to work on music has been a blessing for Chavis. During the recording process of his last project he was arrested as his past was beginning to catch up with him. Over the course of subsequent months Chandler spent most of the time in court. The culmination of the lessons learned from his past was released this week with The Call of the Wild–an admirable deluge of self-expression in the form of emceeing and singing.
“It was stressing me out and I made all of this music based off of who I want to come in the game and compete with. A lot of people look for partnership and alliances with other people. Me, I’m not really into that. I’m more on the competitive side of the music.”
Things started looking up for Chavis earlier this year. He performed with Action Bronson at SxSW and everything seemed to be on the right path. It was when he returned home from Austin that another setback would befall him. But like all adversity he’s encountered, Chavis shrugged it off and moved forward.
“The day I came back from SxSW, the next morning the sheriff was at the door evicting me from my house. It was something where I was like, ‘whatever’ and I just gave it up and found my way. I feel like something really big is about to come for me and all this worldly material shit is whatever. I just want to make music and I’ll sacrifice whatever for that.”
Chavis Chandler’s Detroit blood is why he’s been able to turn problems into solutions. It’s where he learned how to be a man. The cold Midwestern winters and extensive underground rap scene has battle tested him for the national hip-hop scene and perhaps more importantly, the difficulties of life.
“I’m from the same neighborhood as J Dilla and I’m one of the only young emcees that’s from that same neighborhood that’s doing this kind of music at this caliber. I feel like if you grow up in Detroit you can make it anywhere. It breeds you so different… I found inspiration based off of the people I was listening to and what they were wearing. A lot of people fucked with me in my hood for that. People was calling me gay and shit so of course I had to beat a lot of motherfuckers up. I had to defend what I was wearing and that shit alone just shows you how crazy that can drive you just being in a city full of small-minded motherfuckers.
“The people I want to compete with is like Kanye [West] and Jay Z. I want to come into the studio with them niggas and play a record and be like, ‘Yeah, nigga this is what I’m working on and I want motherfuckers to go crazy over it…’ I want to leave my footprint in this shit and I want people to know who I am.”
Mr. Mensa returns to Sway’s show to discuss his new deal with Jay Z and Roc Nation. He speaks on wanting to pull the culture forward and to the left,the “Down On My Luck” video, how “U Mad” was inspired by his girlfriend, falling back on guest features and much more. He also plays a game of “What Makes Vic Mensa Mad” and spits some on-air bars over the “Roc Boys” instrumental.