Three 6 Mafia and Swishahouse reunite in downtown Houston
“We’re in Houston, so we’re going to do something special,” shouted DJ Paul as he crossed the stage to stand next to Juicy J. The start of Outkast’s “International Players Anthem” and UGK filled the main hall of the Blues.
“We produced this,” beamed Juicy J as the packed house began to pull out their phones and begin recording. The original version of the song blasted through the loudspeakers as Juicy J and DJ Paul, better known as Three 6 Mafia, performed their version which would have been released without their record label.
“Rest in peace Pimp C,” exclaimed DJ Paul as the sample of Willie Hutch’s “I Choose You” echoed through the room.
The iconic Memphis rap group recently put their differences aside to come together for the show. After the success of their Verzuz battle with Bone Thugs n harmonie, Juicy J and DJ Paul decided to pursue the magic and go on a reunion tour. The band’s catalog runs deep with the band playing hits like “Who Run It”, “Poppin’ My Collar”, “Side to Side” and “Tear The Club Up”. Even playing “Half On A Sack” which has found new success thanks to a popular social media app.
“That last one is streaming because of TikTok,” laughed DJ Paul at the end of the song.
They, however, are not the only ones to find ourselves on stage. Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, from Houston, once again joined forces as the opening act for the Memphis band. Paul started by running through his string of hits like “Sittin’ Sidewayz”, “Break em’ Off” and even featured TV Johnny as a hype man for “Grillz”. After riding a few hits, Paul – sensing the crowd’s anticipation – ushered the emcee out of the Swisher household who these days spends more time investing in the tech world than he does. launch into music.
“I think it’s time to bring it out,” Paul Wall said as the house lights went out. “Here lizard lizard.”
Chamillionaire, dressed in a white shirt and white Crenshaw basketball jersey, took the stage and quickly began browsing through his Swishahouse catalog. It was a night of nostalgia as the two, standing in front of Michael 5000 Watts as he deejayed, ran through their verses for “N Luv Wit My Money”.
The room, packed with fans wearing Swishahouse t-shirts, chains and other memorabilia hung from every line as the duo traded bars on stage. Personalities integral to the Swishahouse legacy like G Dash, the businessman behind the Swishahouse label, and Mike Frost, the artist who designed the label’s album covers, roamed the crowd talking to fans as the show started.
“This one’s for the real Swisher house fans,” Chamillionaire laughed. “Not those who just know the hits were played on the radio.”
For these true fans, the night did not disappoint as two legendary bands reunited on the House of Blues stage.