Da Mafia 6ix
6ix Commandments


4.5
superb

Review

by PorkchopExpress USER (37 Reviews)
November 13th, 2013 | 105 replies | 10,208 views


Release Date: 11/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Three 6 Mafia return. Not in name, but (more importantly) in spirit.

9 of 9 thought this review was well written

It's easy to forget--after the bleeding of members, the Oscar win, and the ill-conceived reality show--that Three 6 Mafia were at one time one of the most terrifying, hardcore rap groups on the planet. To this day Mystic Stylez still sounds like the soundtrack to some lost horror-film. And anyone who only learned of Juicy J via "Bandz A Maker Her Dance" would likely *** their pants upon listening to it. The album was a "lightning in a bottle" moment, capturing the movement that was occurring in hip-hop in the mid-90s in Memphis, and the grimy quality was more due to funding than an actual aesthetic decision. They would expand on this sound on both Da End and World Domination, keeping the darkness but balancing it out with the type of party-anthem sound they would fully embrace in the 2000s. And while their later albums were a huge example of diminishing returns, they still showed an occasional spark if you looked hard enough.

Cut to 18 years after the release of their "debut", and there are a growing number of rappers who owe their entire sound to what Three 6 and DJ Paul were doing back then. People like Spaceghostpurrp and Lil' Ugly Mane most definitely worshiped at the altar of Mystic Stylez, so it only makes sense for them to revisit their sound that has been steadily influencing a growing number of artists for almost two decades. With Juicy doing his own thing and releasing his (also excellent) solo album this year, they revamped the name to Da Mafia 6ix and got to work. Bringing back in Koopsta Knicca, Lord Infamous, Gangsta Boo and Crunchy Black for the first time since 2000's When The Smoke Clears, 6ix Commandments is the sound of a band remembering why exactly it was that people liked them in the first place.

The mixtape opens with the first single, "Go Hard", which is a mission-statement song if there ever was one. Dark synths and pounding bass back up a hard-hitting track in which every member seems to be giving it their all, with a little help from Yelawolf in a guest appearance. The "Mafia, Mafia, Mafia" chant gives the feeling of a band rejuvenated. Still, it's slightly less dark than their earlier albums, but the following track's (Beacon n Blender) dark piano and sampled scream make it clear that "Go Hard" was the single for obvious reasons. From that point forward it's back to the basics, connecting their old style with a more modern sound, yielding strong results for the entirety of the mixtape. Songs like the Black Sabbath-sampling "Betta Pray" and iTunes bonus track "Grab Da Gauge" stand with the darkest material they've ever made.

They even include nods to their origins spread throughout, almost as winks--or even "thank-you's"--to longtime fans. "Murder on My Mind", which features production from Spaceghostpurrp and guest verses from both Bizzy and Krayzie Bone (proving that beef is long-dead), borrow heavily from their past. The beat samples both "The Chucky Laugh" and the beat from Koopsta's "Robbers". There are also two tracks with the same titles as previous songs. "Break da Law" is the first, and it also borrows from both the original track and "Tear da Club Up". The next, "Stash Spot", is almost a reworked version of the original. The last is album highlight "Body Parts" (part 4 by my count), which is an epic, monster of a track, 9 minutes in length. More importantly, Juicy J makes an appearance, making it feel like an actual Three 6 Mafia album, even if for one track. It's also important because it shows there's no bad-blood between them, and hopefully his appearances on the actual album will increase. Even in they don't, 6ix Commandments proves they will be just fine without him. Either way, this has been a great year for The Mafia, and with their full-length album due in 2014, there's high-hopes that next year will be even better.



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Gwyn.
November 13th 2013



14986 Comments


Dis outta be good

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PorkchopExpress
November 13th 2013



387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

It really is. I haven't stopped listening to it since it released.

Gwyn.
November 13th 2013



14986 Comments


Nice. So does it keep the really lo-fi sound from Mystic Stylez?

PorkchopExpress
November 13th 2013



387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No, I may want to make that more clear. It's like Mystic Styles-ish sound with an actual budget. It's probably accurate to compare it to "Da End" more so, but I love that album so to me that isn't a bad thing.

Gwyn.
November 13th 2013



14986 Comments


Well I guess that was to be expected since now they actually have money lol


Swee then, I'll check this out. Nice review btw, pos.

PorkchopExpress
November 13th 2013



387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I posted a link in the newswire for the download, so you can find it there. I actually bought the iTunes version because it was only $5 and it cuts out the DJ interruptions (my biggest complaint with any mixtape) and adds two bonus tracks, one good, one great.

And thank you.

chitownflip
November 13th 2013



172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their darkest since forever

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Hep Kat
November 13th 2013



15246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bad

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oltnabrick
November 13th 2013



30466 Comments


Yeah

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EaglesBecomeVultures
November 13th 2013



5206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

holla

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PorkchopExpress
November 13th 2013



387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

What up fam? You really need to check this out, it's awesome.

Hep Kat
November 13th 2013



15246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

glaring error in first sentence

3/3 pos

PorkchopExpress
November 13th 2013



387 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Where's the error?

Hep Kat
November 13th 2013



15246 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ENGLISH MOTHERFUCKER

DO YOU SPEAK IT

oltnabrick
November 13th 2013



30466 Comments


You're being a buck tooth biznatch

EaglesBecomeVultures
November 13th 2013



5206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

slow your role hepatitis k

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2013



3406 Comments


eric you are beautiful and don't let any naysayers tell you otherwise. give you 5 pos's if I could. fuck you hepatitis-filled fleabag

mindleviticus
November 13th 2013



8199 Comments


Nice review, man. I will probably never listen to this, though your review is convincing.

klap
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2013



10304 Comments


hey hep kat did your wife horrifically burn her face or something? relax

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Scoot
November 13th 2013



17707 Comments


lirl



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