Three 6 Mafia, Underground Volume 1 1991-1994

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 05.22.11 in Reviews

There are better releases if you want to appreciate the unabashedly amped-up gore of Juicy J, DJ Paul and their fellow Memphis shock specialists in song form. But this collection of early, self-released tapes captures the future Oscar winners at their most resourceful, carefully figuring out that sinister, oozing, skin-crawl aesthetic that would become their signature. These tracks are bizarre and atmospheric, whispered or sing-sung raps atop hypnotic beats that imagine what it would have been like if Wes Craven had preferred a sampler to a movie camera.