Most Known Unknown

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Most Known Unknown
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2005
Recorded2004–2005
GenreCrunk, gangsta rap, hardcore hip hop, Southern hip hop
Length75:39
LabelSony BMG
ProducerDJ 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork8.1/10[2]
Vibe4/5[3]
The Village VoiceB−[4]

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.[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, and others).

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,[6] 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.

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 by RIAA the week following its release on November 2, 2005, and reached platinum status by June 26, 2006.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Most Known Unknown Hits" DJ Paul, Juicy J1:27
2."Stay Fly" (featuring Young Buck, 8Ball & MJG)J. Houston, P. Beauregard, D. Carlton, P. Smith, M. Goodwin, D. BrownDJ Paul, Juicy J3:56
3."Roll With It" (featuring Project Pat)J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. HoustonDJ Paul, Juicy J3:02
4."Don't Violate" (featuring Frayser Boy)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, C. ColemanDJ Paul, Juicy J3:49
5."Swervin" (featuring Mike Jones & Paul Wall)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, M. Jones, P. SlaytonDJ Paul, Juicy J3:35
6."Knock Tha Black Off Yo Ass" (featuring Project Pat)J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. HoustonDJ Paul, Juicy J4:20
7."Poppin' My Collar" (featuring Mr. Bigg)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. PearsDJ Paul, Juicy J2:56
8."Hard Hittaz" (featuring Boogiemane)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, B. HuntDJ Paul, Juicy J4:12
9."Side 2 Side"Houston, Beauregard, CarltonDJ Paul, Juicy J3:38
10."Half On A Sack"Houston, Beauregard, CarltonDJ Paul, Juicy J3:26
11."Skit" DJ Paul, Juicy J0:26
12."When I Pull Up At The Club" (featuring Paul Wall & Mr. Bigg)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Slayton, D. PearsDJ Paul, Juicy J4:32
13."Pussy Got Ya Hooked" (featuring Remy Ma)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, R. SmithDJ Paul, Juicy J4:20
14."Don't Cha Get Mad" (featuring Lil Flip & Mr. Bigg)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, W. Weston, D. PearsDJ Paul, Juicy J3:23
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, Chrome Korleone |D. Pannell, B. Hunt, A. WattsDJ Paul, Juicy J4:07
16."Stay Fly" (Remix) (featuring Slim Thug, Trick Daddy & Project Pat)J. Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, P. Houston, S. Thomas, M. YoungDJ Paul, Juicy J3:51
17."Outro" DJ Paul, Juicy J2:43
Total length:75:39
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."Got It 4 Sale" (featuring Chrome Korleone)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. PannellDJ Paul, Juicy J, Chrome Korleone4:32
19."Let's Plan a Robbery"Houston, Beauregard, CarltonDJ Paul, Juicy J3:06
20."Dancin On A Pole" (featuring Chrome Korleone)Houston, Beauregard, Carlton, D. PannellDJ Paul, Juicy J, Chrome Korleone3:48
21."Ain't Got Time For Gamez"Houston, Beauregard, CarltonDJ Paul, Juicy J4:04


Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[8] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Most Known Unknown – Three 6 Mafia". AllMusic. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 19, 2005). "Three 6 Mafia: Most Known Unknown". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Frederick, Brendan (November 2005). "Three 6 Mafia: Most Known Unknown". Vibe. 13 (13): 150. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 29, 2005). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2005". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Most Known Unknown by Three 6 Mafia". Itunes.apple.com. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Gil. "Lord Infamous' Cause Of Death: DJ Paul Offers New Details". MTV News. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  7. ^ "Most Known Unknown (Spec): Three 6 Mafia: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
  8. ^ "Three 6 Mafia Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Three 6 Mafia Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 20, 2014.