Three 6 Mafia is now under the radar of the recent attacks on Hip-Hop. The Commercial Appeal local columnist Wendi C. Thomas has criticized the Memphis in May board for refusing to remove Three Six Mafia from its line up.
“We could begin by ending this city’s love affair with the homegrown ghetto darlings Three 6 Mafia, who have given us “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp,” at least seven songs with “ho” in the title, and another that instructs women to lick their testicles,” says local columnist Wendi Thomas.
Memphis in May organizers say in the last five years Three Six Mafia has performed and the group has always been cautious realizing it’s a community event. But they will consider concerns like this in the future. “The board of directors will be taking a look this summer at acts that we book and the potential of they’re lyrical content,” Hampton says. Memphis in May organizers also say even if they did want to boot Three Six Mafia from the festival, its too late because of contractual obligations.
In response to Wendi Thomas and her call for a Three 6 Mafia boycott, the founder of MemphisRap.com, Hosea Mays, Jr “M Town Luv aka M Town,” wrote a personal column entitled “Rap/Hip-Hop: You Can’t Censor the Truth” in which he speaks not only about and for the rap/hip-hop community, but also he speaks to the parents of the hip-hop generation.
Mays also issued a statement regarding Wendi Thomas’ column and actions against Three 6. “I don’t think she means any harm, but I do think she can cause more harm than she’s trying to prevent,” says Mays.
“We don’t attack the unknown, we learn from it and pass what we know on to our kids, the next generation. Three 6 are performers just like Arnold Schwarzenegger was a performer in Terminator, or any other actor is in any horror movie. Rappers are business men and women just like the actors and producers who make vicious movies and video games creators are also business men and women in the entertainment business. If kids are getting the wrong message, first of all, they should be learning from their parents that it’s not real and second of all, before the age of thirteen, they should not have access to parental advisory CD’s without the parent’s permission and this goes for the internet also, because there is software available for internet surfers to monitor those thirteen and under. I know it’s a very touchy subject …,” Mays continued. Read the full release at RapNewswire.com.