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Three 6 Mafia

When the members of Three 6 Mafia won a 2006 Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from Hustle & Flow, they reacted with so much exuberance that they made Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Jerry Maguire acceptance speech seem restrained by comparison – and even though the group is currently down to a duo, survivors DJ Paul and Juicy J are still basking in the glow of victory. There are missteps here, like the misbegotten "My Own Way," featuring (gag) Good Charlotte, but the kiss-my-ass opus "I Told 'Em" and the radio-ready "Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body)" are confident and celebratory. As for the infectiously moronic "I'd Rather," it declares, "I love having sex/But I'd rather get some head!" Take notice, Academy Awards voters.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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