Fans of Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia were undoubtedly excited back in 2013 when DJ Paul announced that five of the original six members would be reuniting for a series of new releases. Rebranded as Da Mafia 6ix, the group’s mixtape 6IX Commandments–and the more recent Hear Some Evil–featured a return to their horrorcore roots. Despite this back to basics approach, many fans were disappointed to hear that Juicy J would no longer be appearing as an official member of the crew. In an interview with VladTV, Project Pat finally offered an explanation for his brother’s absence.
“[DJ Paul’s] trying to keep the Three 6 Mafia reunion situation hyped up or whatever but no, J not going to be part of it,” he said. “He saying it’s the old members. He just saying he forming a different clique. Kind of like how the Tear Da Club Up Thugs was Juicy, Paul and Lord Infamous.”
Pat also addressed rumors that Crunchy Black was booted from the group a few years ago.
“Crunchy didn’t get kicked out of the group,” Pat said. “He was saying like [winning an] Oscar and all that stuff was too much pressure for him. Maybe he was going through something personal. I don’t know the full scoop on it or why he did that because to me that was a bad decision… When they won the Oscar man it was unreal. I didn’t think it was going to happen. We knew nothing about it.”