Laws of Power (partially lost unreleased Three 6 Mafia album; 2009-2011)
Laws Of Power is an unreleased album by Memphis based Hip Hop group Three 6 Mafia. Known for popular songs like "Stay Fly" and the Academy Award winning "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp".
There is no official known reason why the album has not been released, but it may have to do with the majority of the group already being split apart around the time of the album's recording, and the critical and commercial failure of their previous album, Last 2 Walk.
The album's initial release date was set to be on August 4th, 2009. As stated in an article by Billboard.
A later Billboard article stated that the release date would be pushed back to January 12th, 2010. The article also listed guests who would appear on the album and previously released singles that were planned for it.
On October 3rd, 2010, A video interview featuring DJ Paul and Juicy J (The only remaining members of the group at the time) was uploaded to Vimeo. In the interview, they state that the album would be released sometime in early 2011.
A text interview with Juicy J was posted to TheBoomBox.com on March 8th, 2011. In the interview Juicy states that the album would "hopefully be released in the summer".
On December 11th, 2020, NME posted a text interview with DJ Paul after the announcement of Three 6 Mafia reuniting. On the topic of unreleased material, Paul mentioned Laws of Power (along with an unreleased Young D collab album), and when asked about if it would ever released, he responded with "I doubt it". Due to DJ Paul's doubtful remarks, especially considering how long the album has been shelved, this makes the possibility of the album's release very low.
There were 3 released singles that were planned for the album. Feel It, Shake My and Lil Freak (Ugh Ugh Ugh). There are other tracks uploaded to YouTube and other websites that claim to be songs from the album, but it's unknown if they would've made the final cut or were even meant for the album.
According to the second article posted by Billboard, the album would've featured Tiesto, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Kevin Rudolf, Tech N9ne, Project Pat, Lamont Dozier, and Willie Hutch as guest musicians, vocalists or producers.
A tracklist for the album exists on 2kmusic.com, but the majority of the listed songs are impossible to find making the tracklist likely to be fake.
- Billboard article from August 4th, 2009 that talks about the Three 6 Mafia. Retrieved 23 Apr '17
- Billboard article from January 12th, 2010 that talks about a preview for Laws of Power. Retrieved 23 Apr '17
- TheBoomBox interview from March 8th, 2011 with Juicy J. Retrieved 23 Apr '17
- / NME interview from December 11th, 2020 with DJ Paul. Retrieved 15 December '20
- YouTube playlist containing alleged tracks from the album. Retrieved 23 Apr '17
- Alleged tracklist and artwork for the album. Retrieved 23 Apr '17