Three 6 Mafia feat. Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG — “Stay Fly”

Released: 2.7.06

Peak: #13

And why the fuck should pimpin’ be easy? Parasitic lowlifes at worst, managerial plodders at best, the practitioners of the world’s second oldest profession should try stocking shoes or telemarketing sometime before they get to bitching. Still, whoremongers can at least point to relatively decent pay and limited career options to justify their line of work, which is more than I can say for those fanboys whose infatuation with fresh beats leads them to romanticize the bullies and liars yakking over top. And facile as that little rant of mine was, it still offers a closer analysis of the lifestyle than you’ll get from “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” Three 6 Mafia’s fluke Oscar win in the off-est of off years. (No way they’d have beaten Randy Newman, who could write a damn smart song about pimps if he wanted.)

But if their Best Original Song (words can mean so many different things) secured commercial viability for these Memphis thugs, “Stay Fly” was the least they owed us. I’m glad they chickened out of “Stay High”–their bowdlerized title better fits the aspirational mood that DJ Paul and Juicy J stitch together from robotic chorus stutter, nervous hi-hat pulsation, and orchestral Willie Hutch sample. Sadly, neither G-Unit hack Young Buck nor Memphis vets 8Ball & MJG had any greater lyrical insights to contribute than the Mafia home talent. But there’s a poignant contrast between the track’s soaring intent to rise above the everyday and the inability of anyone on the mic to even recognize transcendence as a goal.

This crew had always straddled a gap between dope beats and dopey rhymes. “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” could have been a sibilant celebration of getting totally fucked up for slackerzzz everywhere, but these Memphis thugs went and pooped their own party by spouting off tough-guy bullshit. And success offered all-new opportunities for floundering. No sooner had they carried off the swagger of “Poppin’ My Collar,” then they were all “Lolli Lolli (Pop That Body).” Soon came “Shake My,” with Diddy protégé Kalenna doing a Ke$ha impression and Rodney Jerkins ripping off Eurthymics. Downright poetic that they’d learn firsthand how much harder it could be out there for hoes.

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Comments

  • NIK-KAT  On October 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    yay, my favorite single of the decade!

    as for yr write up: it’s pretty much dead on the money, as per usual.

  • usefulnoise  On October 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks! Btw, do I know you? Can’t tell from ur blog (which I’m guessing is intentional?)

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