When the Smoke Clears

When the Smoke Clears

by Three 6 MafiaThree 6 Mafia


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With the onslaught of Southern hip-hoppers commandeering the rap charts like a group of, well, no-limit soldiers, it's no surprise to see veteran Memphis group Three 6 Mafia back in the rap game. The quartet established their gangsta rap reputation with their 1997 debut, Da End, and When the Smoke Clears -- which reunites rapstress Gangsta Boo with Juicy "J," Lord Infamous, and Crunchy Black -- picks up where they left off with tracks about criminal madness and sexual mayhem. Although the record suffers greatly from DJ Paul's contrived, bass-blunted production, the Mafia still deliver the type of trash-talking raps that originally put Dirty South hip-hop on the map. On the lethargically pulsating "Sippin' on Some Syrup," the Mafia chant about mixing cough syrup and soda as a substitute for booze. Meanwhile, songs such as "44 Killers," "Mafia N****z," and "Just Another Click" ride against thumping bass lines as the group boast about their street cred. If nothing else, Three 6 Mafia have mastered the art of painting vivid and often raw images with their music -- on "Tongue Ring," a celebratory ode to oral sex, Gangsta Boo explicitly reveals how she deals with suitors who get out of line. (Hint: It involves ice, strawberries, and razors, but results in castration. Ouch!) Guess it doesn't pay to play with the Mafia. Neo Brentacious

Product Details

Release Date: 06/13/2000
Label: Relativity
UPC: 0088561173227
catalogNumber: 1732

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Three 6 Mafia   Primary Artist
UGK   Track Performer
Insane Clown Posse   Track Performer
DJ Paul   Vocals
Gangsta Boo   Group Member
Infamous   Group Member
Koopsta Knicca   Group Member
Juicy J   Vocals,Group Member
Crunchy Black   Group Member
Project Pat   Track Performer
Hypnotize Camp Posse   Track Performer
La' Chat   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Kurt Clayton   Programming
Lil Pat   Programming
DJ Paul   Producer,Executive Producer
Juicy J   Producer
Bun B   Composer

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