Three 6 Mafia is eyeing a December release for its next studio album via Hypnotize Minds/Sony. In addition to collaborating with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton and Lupe Fiasco, the Me
Three 6 Mafia is eyeing a December release for its next studio album via Hypnotize Minds/Sony. In addition to collaborating with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Paris Hilton and Lupe Fiasco, the Memphis-based group is also working on movie and television deals.
"We've got some tracks. We're still working on it," group member Juicy J tells Billboard.com of the new disc. "We're just trying to make sure we get the right single and the right songs that people like and can dance to."
The group promises that the new material will not stray much from Three 6 Mafia's upbeat, club-driven style, despite the newfound mainstream recognition that comes with winning an Academy Award last year for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & Flow."
"It's gonna be the same hustle. If it's not broke we're not trying to fix it," says Juicy J. "We just work and stick to our same roots, but I think our sound went mainstream as is. We're the same old dudes, still doing the same thing and still grinding."
The new disc will be the follow-up to 2005’s "Most Known Unknown," which bowed at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 913,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Three 6 Mafia is also working on projects for artists on its label, Hypnotize Minds, which recently signed a three-year production joint venture deal with Warner Bros. Formerly incarcerated member Project Pat's solo effort, "Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story," is due in October, led by the single "Good Googly Moogly."
Pat, who was released from prison last July after a three-year sentence on weapons charges, will also release a book, "The Fed Story 2," about his run-in with the law.
As for non-musical ventures, the group recently finished the script for "Choices III: The Return of Big Pat," the third installment in a previously independently released DVD series "Choices," which will now be distributed through Warner Bros.
They are also scheduled to appear in the upcoming film "Jackass 2," as well as episodes of HBO's "Entourage," VH1's "Flavor of Love" and E's "Girls Next Door."
And while acting on the silver screen is not far in the future, Juicy J says he will be seeking challenging roles. "I really don't want to act in a hip-hop movie because everybody knows me as a rapper," he says. "[For our movies] I would actually get real actors to act and let them do the rapping and hip-hop, like with Terrence Howard [in 'Hustle & Flow']."
Finally, Three 6 Mafia plans to tour later this year or in early 2007 in support of its new offering. All of this activity will happen without the presence of Crunchy Black, who "left the group to pursue his own solo career," says Juicy J. "We’re on good terms but he’s doing his own thing right now. We wish him the best of luck."