For a good portion of the '00s—roughly the span that covered 2000's definitive UGK collaboration "Sippin' on Some Syrup," 2005's biggest hit "Stay Fly," and their 2006 Oscar win for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"—Memphis's Three 6 Mafia went from regional heroes to one of the biggest Southern rap acts going. Then came the distractions: the reality TV sideshow Adventures in Hollyhood, and a series of album delays—2008's Last 2 Walk spent a year in limbo; the unreleased Laws of Power is two and a half years past its original fall '09 release date. For years now, DJ Paul and Juicy J have spent more time doing solo joints and collaborations with other rappers than putting out new material as a team. But Triple 6's grassroots history and mastery of their long-standing formula have kept their style away from mercenary trend-chasing, and it's aged well—amped-up, shouty club rap with firecracker digital snares and horror-flick melodies will always be in style, and nobody does it better. With Ying Yang Twins. 18+.
Fri., March 9, 9:30 p.m., 2012