Most Known Unknown

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Most Known Unknown
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Studio album by Three 6 Mafia
Released September 27, 2005
Recorded 2004–2005
Genre Crunk, gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop
Length 75:39
Label Sony BMG
Producer DJ Paul and Juicy J
Three 6 Mafia chronology
Choices II: The Setup
(2005)
Most Known Unknown
(2005)
Last 2 Walk
(2008)
Singles from Most Known Unknown
  1. "Stay Fly"
    Released: July 7, 2005
  2. "Poppin' My Collar"
    Released: January 18, 2006
  3. "Side 2 Side"
    Released: September 12, 2006
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 studio album by American hip hop group Three 6 Mafia. It was released on September 25, 2005, and is the follow-up to the 2003 album Da Unbreakables.[1]

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 commercial success of their 2000 album When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1.[4] 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 Korleone, 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.[5]

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 instead.

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, Carlton, 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 Korleone, 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 Korleone) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. Pannell DJ Paul, Juicy J, Chrome Korleone 4:32
19. "Let's Plan a Robbery" Houston, Beauregard, Carlton DJ Paul, Juicy J 3:06
20. "Dancin On A Pole" (featuring Chrome Korleone) Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. Pannell DJ Paul, Juicy J, Chrome Korleone 3:48
21. "Ain't Got Time For Gamez" Houston, Beauregard, Carlton DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "Three 6 Mafia: Most Known Unknown | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2005-10-19. Retrieved 2015-07-21. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Most Known Unknown by Three 6 Mafia". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  5. ^ "Most Known Unknown (Spec): Three 6 Mafia: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  6. ^ "Three 6 Mafia – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Three 6 Mafia. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Three 6 Mafia – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Three 6 Mafia. Retrieved December 20, 2014.