On March 5, 2006, hip hop group & Tennessee natives, Three 6 Mafia made history by being the first hip hop group to take home an Oscar. The trio won Best Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards for their song, It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp, from the movie Hustle & Flow.
Three 6 Mafia consisted of frontman Juicy J, DJ Paul, and Lord Infamous (now deceased) along with Koopsta Knicca, Crunchy Black, and Gangsta Boo. Although the Oscar win was the highlight of the groups career they had been making music since 1991. Over the span of their 15 year career, at the time of Oscar win, they had released 8 albums. Their most commercial success came in 2005 with their album, Most Known Unknown which featured hits, ‘Poppin’ My Collar,’ ‘Stay Flay,’ and ‘Side 2 Side.’ The album peaked a #1 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Top R&B Hip Hop Albums.
See below for their performance of ‘It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp’ at the Oscars along with their acceptance speech: