Most Known Unknown

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Most Known Unknown
Studio album by Three 6 Mafia
Released September 27, 2005
Recorded 2004-2005
Genre Southern rap, gangsta rap, dirty rap, crunk
Length 75:39
Label Sony BMG
Producer DJ Paul and Juicy J
Three 6 Mafia chronology
Da Unbreakables
(2003)
Most Known Unknown
(2005)
Last 2 Walk
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[3]

Most Known Unknown is the eighth full-length studio album, as well as the second platinum album from Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia. It was released on September 25, 2005, and is the follow-up to the 2003 album Da Unbreakables.[4] This album is known for having some of Three 6 Mafia's biggest hits, including "Stay Fly" featuring Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG, "Poppin' My Collar" featuring Project Pat (though Pat's verse wasn't included in the first edition, but would later be included in the re-issue) and "Side 2 Side" featuring Bow Wow and Project Pat (with Bow Wow and Project Pat's verses, like the "Poppin' My Collar" remix, would not be used in the first edition, but would be released in the re-issue, along with another remix featuring Kanye West and a slightly different sounding melody). This album would prove to be their biggest success to date, topping the old success of the 2000 album When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1.[5] The original version was released on a regular CD version as well as a DualDisc version. The re-release also had a bonus version, with two remixes of "Poppin' My Collar" and "Side 2 Side". A chopped and screwed version by Michael Watts was also released.

Along with chart topping hits, this album also featured several well-known guest rappers, including Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Trick Daddy, Mr. Bigg, 8Ball & MJG, Young Buck, Remy Ma, Bow Wow (only on re-issue), Kanye West (only on re-issue), Lil' Flip, as well as the Hypnotize Camp Posse (Three 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Frayser Boy, Lil Wyte, Chrome, Boogiemane, and Granddaddy Souf).

Most Known Unknown opened at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the R&B/Hip-hop charts with 125,000 copies sold. It was certified gold the week following its release on November 2, 2005, and reached platinum status by June 26, 2006.[6]

Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous was notably missing from both the tracks and the album cover. Many rumors speculated that he either left the group or was kicked out; these rumors were put to rest when DJ Paul, Lord Infamous' half-brother, told sources that the reason for Infamous not being on the album was due to a stint in jail, leaving Crunchy Black, DJ Paul and Juicy J to be featured on the cover.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Most Known Unknown Hits"     DJ Paul, Juicy J 1:27
2. "Stay Fly" (featuring Young Buck, 8Ball & MJG) J. Houston, P. Beauregard, D. Carlton, P. Smith, M. Goodwin, D. Brown DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:56
3. "Roll With It" (featuring Project Pat) J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Houston DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:02
4. "Don't Violate" (featuring Frayser Boy) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, C. Coleman DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:49
5. "Swervin" (featuring Mike Jones & Paul Wall) Houston, Beauregard, M. Jones, P. Slayton DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:35
6. "Knock Tha Black Off Yo Ass" (featuring Project Pat) J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Houston DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:20
7. "Poppin' My Collar" (featuring Mr. Bigg) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. Pears DJ Paul, Juicy J 2:56
8. "Hard Hittaz" (featuring Boogiemane) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, B. Hunt DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:12
9. "Side 2 Side"   Houston, Beauregard, Carlton DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:38
10. "Half On A Sack"   Houston, Beauregard, Carlton DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:26
11. "Skit"     DJ Paul, Juicy J 0:26
12. "When I Pull Up At The Club" (featuring Paul Wall & Mr. Bigg) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Slayton, D. Pears DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:32
13. "Pussy Got Ya Hooked" (featuring Remy Ma) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, R. Smith DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:20
14. "Don't Cha Get Mad" (featuring Lil Flip & Mr. Bigg) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, W. Weston, D. Pears DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:23
15. "Body Parts 3" (featuring BoogieMane, Frayser Boy, Lil Wyte, Chrome, Grandaddy Souf & Project Pat) J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Houston, P. Lanshaw, C. Coleman, D. Pannell, B. Hunt, A. Watts DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:07
16. "Stay Fly" (Remix) (featuring Slim Thug, Trick Daddy & Project Pat) J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Houston, S. Thomas, M. Young DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:51
17. "Outro"     DJ Paul, Juicy J 2:43
Total length:
75:39
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
18. "Got It 4 Sale" (featuring Chrome) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. Pannell DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:32
19. "Let's Plan a Robbery"   Houston, Beauregard, Carlton DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:06
20. "Dancin On A Pole" (featuring Chrome) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. Pannell DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:48
21. "Ain't Got Time For Gamez"   Houston, Beauregard, Carlton DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:04

Samples[edit]

  • "Body Parts 3" contains a sample from "Fog Bound" by Klaus Badelt
  • "Don't Cha Get Mad" contains a sample from "Sunshine Lady" by Willie Hutch
  • "Don't Violate" contains a sample from "Rinky Dink/Whateva Ho" by Project Pat
  • "Poppin' My Collar" contains a sample from "Theme of the Mack" by Willie Hutch
  • "Pussy Got Ya Hooked" contains a sample from "Roll Wit Me" by Co-Ed
  • "Stay Fly/Stay Fly (Remix)" contains a sample from "Tell Me Why Has Our Love Turned Cold" by Willie Hutch
  • "Swervin'" contains a sample from "I Got That Drank" by Frayser Boy
  • "When I Pull Up at the Club" contains a sample from "Yeah I Rob" by Three 6 Mafia

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2005 Most Known Unknown 3 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2005-09-27). "Most Known Unknown - Three 6 Mafia : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ "CG: Three 6 Mafia". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason (2005-09-27). "Most Known Unknown - Three 6 Mafia : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Most Known Unknown by Three 6 Mafia". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Most Known Unknown (Spec): Three 6 Mafia: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.