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Beats Per Millennium - Interview: Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia

Interview: Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia

There were two takes on fellatio this summer: Lil Wayne’s Lollipop, and Three 6 Mafia’s Lolli Lolli. OK, both use the same metaphor, but both songs stand on their own – Wayne is laid back, Three 6 wants to party. Wayne’s track is better for making love, Three 6 sounds better in a club. Both of them sound good turned up loud in my car. I got a chance to talk to Juicy J from Three 6 Mafia earlier today in advance of their show, which is going down at the Congress Theater in Chicago this Friday.

BPM: So, how’re you doing? How’s the tour going?

Juicy J: Aw, yeah, everything’s great, man. Workin’ hard.

BPM: So, back in March, you guys released “Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)” – great song – about two days before Lil Wayne released Lollipop. Did you guys know that two of the hottest songs of the summer were both gonna be candy-themed when you were working on it?

Juicy J: Naw, I didn’t know, man. You know, Lil Wayne, he did his song first. Ours was called Lollipop, at first. But out of respect for Lil Wayne, we just changed it to Lolli Lolli.

BPM: With all the delays on the album, when did you guys actually write that song?

Juicy J: Sometime in April. The producer of the record was a producer by the name of SuperPower. That record, it was off the chain, you know.

BPM: I think one of my favorite lines off that record, and one of the best politically-themed lines of the year was “Like Barack Obama says, yeah, it’s time for a change.” You guys do anything for the election?

Juicy J: Naw, we didn’t do anything, other than voting.

BPM: You vote for Obama?

Juicy J: Of course, man.

BPM: I was reading today that Prodigy from Mobb Deep likes Ron Paul, so you can’t be too sure.

Juicy J: You know, with the economy, and health care, people need money for college… it was kind of… important, you know? The way things have been the past eight years. So you know, before I go and vote, I make sure I read up on both candidates, you know, what their policies are. I took a look at both of them, and I made my decision. I think the country’s coming together. Barack Obama, you know, people judged him by his character. I think that was really good, people came out to vote.

BPM: So I’ve got to admit to you, last year when Doe Boy Fresh came out, I was listening to it a lot, and I thought the album was coming right after that. Turns out it didn’t come out for about a year and a half. What ended up causing all those delays?

Juicy J: Man, you know, we’ve got the TV show going on, we were just trying to make sure the album was solid. Because we put that song out, but we felt the album wasn’t ready yet. It was still in production. So we waited. And actually, that’s how we ran across “Lolli Lolli.” It was a good idea to wait.

BPM: I can see why. So it’s nice to have iTunes around, where if you have one song off an album that might not be done yet, you can try it out and see how it does

Juicy J: Yeah, it’s perfect. You’re right. We released “Lolli Lolli” on iTunes, and it hit the charts real fast, so I was like, “That song, that’s the one.” Because the first song that we put out, a song called “I’d Rather,” have you heard “I’d Rather?”

BPM: Yeah.

Juicy J: That was the single before Lolli. We put that song out, “I’d Rather,” and it got a lot of good response at the club, but the radio didn’t want to play it because it was so, you know, talkin’ about having sex and all that. So, you know, I understood. With Lolli, we got more of a response from radio and clubs, So, Columbia Records just wanted to roll with that as the single, so it was cool with us.

BPM: It was something like 75 songs you wrote for that album, right?

Juicy J: We wrote a lot of records, and just chose the best ones.

BPM: Any chance we’ll be hearing the ones that didn’t make the cut?

Juicy J: Anything can resurface on the next album, you know? It just depends. There are a lot of songs that we recorded back in the day and used them on recent albums. So, I mean, you never know. Never know.

BPM: So I gotta ask this one – I mean, you guys are in such an elite class, the only hip hop group to ever win an Oscar. In the last two and a half years, how has life changed for you?

Juicy J: Life has changed a lot, man. It’s a blessing. It’s hard to complain. I feel good. It’s been great, man. We’ve got the world’s longest Oscar party still going on right now, you know?

BPM: So you guys are on tour for about a month or two more?

Juicy J: We actually came back home for a little while, you know. We’re about to get back on the road. We’re in Chicago on the 14th, we’re going to Louisiana, and then we’ve got a show at UCLA. We’re pretty busy. We’ve got another show in Taiwan. I’m looking forward to that, I’ve never been over there before. I’m excited about that.

BPM: Are you just gonna tour a while longer? Are you gonna go back into the studio anytime soon, record another album?

Juicy J: I just got out of the studio yesterday.. I’ve been in the studio all week. I stay in the studio, Never stop recording.

BPM: Any ideas when that might come together for an album?

Juicy J: We’ve got plenty of ideas. I mean, we’ve got songs already recorded. We’ve got to stay busy. Doesn’t matter if you’re on the road, doing shows, or at the strip club. That’s where ideas come at you.

BPM: Never get rusty, always keep the mind working.

Juicy J: Yep, that’s the way to do it.

Posted by Joe Kaiser at Nov 12, 2008 04:15 AM