Before the Academy Award, reality show and frat raps. Before the prometh anthem, even, and the prolific handheld video action, but after the now-collectible cassette tapes, the then-called Triple Six Mafia and their affiliates, ex-members and just straight enemies, were seemingly caught between a state of barely audible, hissy demonic whirlings and clean, cinematic club ready soundscapes, in an incubated, disturbed but overwhelmingly soulful period – the Era Of The Six.
At this point – before they had arrived in the national consciousness but after they had developed a hardcore underground following – the music was unlike anything else being made at the time. And recent history has yet to produce a sound approaching the sinister, scintillating murder chimes of this disparate group of artists from Memphis, Tennessee.
This officially unofficial compilation is far from a ‘best of…’ Triple Six Mafia set. More, it’s an album of choice cuts that would have largely gone unheard by most fans of the two-member group now known as Three 6 Mafia, and that capture the essence, atmosphere and spirit of the Era Of The Six.