Fireside Chat

Gangsta Boo

60 minsFirst aired 4 Dec 2017
Courtesy of Gangsta Boo

The self-proclaimed Queen of Memphis rap and former Three 6 Mafia member discusses two decades worth of hits and killer guest verses.

When she was eight years old, Gangsta Boo would call into local radio shows to rap about non-violence. Six years later, after repeated voicemails on Lord Infamous’ answering machine, she joined the Backyard Posse, a precursor to Three 6 Mafia. Being the youngest and only female member of “The Triple Six” didn’t faze her. With her Memphis lilt and penchant for lurid lyrics, Boo was a captivating presence in the group, providing a feminine – but not token! – counterpoint to her male bandmates. And, behind the scenes, she ghostwrote for Crunchy Black and DJ Paul. Since leaving the group in 2001, Boo has consistently released albums and mixtapes, and, in recent years, has become a (comparatively) elder stateswoman for Memphis rap. After 20-plus years in music, her discography is full of notable collaborations – OutKast, Gucci Mane, 8Ball & MJG, E-40, and Run the Jewels, to name but a few – but, at 38, she’s not done yet.


Gangsta Boo’s obsession with the occult was exercised as a member of one of the first collectives to introduce Memphis horrorcore, a genre that remains influential today.


Talking about Lord Infamous’ style choices, here’s a particularly cringeworthy moment in the late rapper’s repertoire.


The “Yeah, Hoe!” ad lib was coined by the rightfully crowned queen of Memphis rock.


As a visiting lecturer at MIT, Killer Mike talks Gangsta Boo’s collaborative effort on “Love Again” from 2014’s Run the Jewels 2.


Interview by Torii MacAdams
Written, produced and engineered by Tobias Jansen

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