DJ Paul

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DJ Paul
Three 6 Mafia.jpg
DJ Paul (back) performing with Three 6 Mafia bandmate Juicy J.
Background information
Birth namePaul Beauregard
Born(1977-10-13) October 13, 1977 (age 36)
OriginMemphis, Tennessee
GenresHip hop, gangsta rap, crunk, horrorcore
OccupationsDJ, rapper, record producer, songwriter
Years active1990-present
LabelsHypnotize Minds (1994-present)
Prophet (1995-1997)
Relativity (1997-2000)
Loud (2000-2003)
Scale-A-Ton (2008-present)
Associated actsThree 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Juicy J, Lil Wyte, Lord Infamous, Young Buck, Ya Boy, Drumma Boy, Da Mafia 6ix
 
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DJ Paul
Three 6 Mafia.jpg
DJ Paul (back) performing with Three 6 Mafia bandmate Juicy J.
Background information
Birth namePaul Beauregard
Born(1977-10-13) October 13, 1977 (age 36)
OriginMemphis, Tennessee
GenresHip hop, gangsta rap, crunk, horrorcore
OccupationsDJ, rapper, record producer, songwriter
Years active1990-present
LabelsHypnotize Minds (1994-present)
Prophet (1995-1997)
Relativity (1997-2000)
Loud (2000-2003)
Scale-A-Ton (2008-present)
Associated actsThree 6 Mafia, Project Pat, Juicy J, Lil Wyte, Lord Infamous, Young Buck, Ya Boy, Drumma Boy, Da Mafia 6ix

Paul Beauregard (born October 13, 1977), better known by his stage name DJ Paul, is an American rapper and record producer from Memphis, Tennessee[1] He is one half of the Memphis-based rap group Three 6 Mafia. He is also the half-brother of former Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous.

Music career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

DJ Paul began his career as a DJ, producer, and rapper in the early 1990s. He was one-half of the duo The Serial Killaz, together with his older half-brother Lord Infamous (Ricky Dunigan). They released self-recorded tapes in their neighborhood, school, and local shops. Portrait Of A Serial Killa was their first tape, released in 1992. DJ Paul also released numerous solo mixtapes including Volume 12 (Pts. 1 and 2), Volume 15: For You Niggaz Wit' Anna, and Volume 16: 4 Da Summa of '94. DJ Paul rose to prominence as one of the best DJ-producers on the south side of Memphis, and met up with DJ/artist/producer Juicy J (Jordan Houston), also garnering buzz on the North side of Memphis. They noticed they had a lot of similar interests eventually merging their sound and crew members to form the super-group The Backyard Posse (later known as Triple Six Mafia). DJ Paul and Juicy J soon began producing dark, eerie tracks driven by bass-heavy beats and haunting sounds, and invited numerous Backyard Posse members to rap over the beats with them. They released the resulting tracks locally as Triple Six Mafia; years later these recordings would resurface as re-releases.

Three 6 Mafia[edit]

In 1994, Triple Six Mafia released the underground album Smoked Out Loced Out. The album was laden with questionable content, such as violence, heavy drug use, and sexually explicit lyrics. Triple Six Mafia received a great response from listeners of this tape. In 1995, the loose collective changed its name to Three 6 Mafia and self-released its debut album, Mystic Stylez. The album became an underground success, and Three 6 Mafia, in turn, signed a distribution deal with Relativity for its Hypnotize Minds imprint. Throughout the late 1990s, Juicy J and DJ Paul produced numerous albums a year for Hypnotize Minds and capitalized on the lucrative distribution deal. By the end of the decade, the two producers were at the helm of an empire, having extended their brand to alarming lengths, culminating with their commercial breakthrough album, When the Smoke Clears, which debuted at number six on Billboard's album chart. DJ Paul became a great inspiration for people in the rap community. Together with production partner Juicy J, he played an important role in the South's rise to prominence within the once East-and-West Coast dominated rap industry. Behind the duo's leadership, Three 6 Mafia rose from an underground phenomenon in Memphis to a nationally recognized rap empire, spinning off numerous solo albums for the collective's many members in the mid to late 1990s. DJ Paul raps as a member of Three 6 Mafia and contributes rhymes to most of the albums he produces for such artists as Koopsta Knicca, Project Pat, Gangsta Boo, La Chat, and Tear Da Club Up Thugs. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "It's Hard out Here for a Pimp".

Solo career[edit]

DJ Paul has released 3 solo albums to date. In 2002 he re-released his successful 1994 mixtape Volume 16, replacing some of the old featured artists with new ones from Hypnotize Minds, such as Frayser Boy, Lord Infamous and La Chat. The new underground album, called "Underground Volume 16: For Da Summa" peaked at #127 at Billboard 200. After Three 6 Mafia released their 2008 album Last 2 Walk, the group had conflicts with their label Sony about their music style,[2] which resulted in DJ Paul and Juicy J focusing on their solo careers. In 2009 Paul released "The Weigh In" - his first mixtape since the Volume series in the early 90s. A few months later he followed up with his second solo album "Scale-A-Ton", released under Paul's newly found label Scale-A-Ton Entertainment. The album was received well by critics, earning a positive review and an "Album pick" by AllMusic.[3] In 2010 Paul released his second mixtape "Too Kill Again", hosted by DJ Scream and DJ Whoo Kid. The mixtape features many upcoming and new Memphis artists such as Lion Heart, Thug Therapy, Partee and Miscellaneous. DJ Paul stated the tape was a preview to his upcoming album, also titled "Too Kill Again". However, it was never released. Instead, in 2011 Paul made a new collaboration mixtape with rapper Ya Boy and producer Lil Lody, called "Pray For Forgiveness", hosted by DJ Scream. A few months later Paul released a non-free No-DJ version with bonus songs.[4][5] In 2012 Paul announced he was working on an experimental dub-hop EP called "A Person of Interest". Later he changed it into a full featured album, which was released on October 22. "A Person of Interest" was packed with a bonus DVD, including a self-titled short movie, music videos and behind the scenes footage. Paul released videos for a number of songs from the album, including "What I Look Like (W.I.L.L.)", "Wit Tha Shit", "Trap Back Jumpin", "E&J" and a remix of "I'm Dat Raw" with Snow Tha Product.[6]

In 2013, DJ Paul announced that he would be releasing a mixtape and an album with his newly founded group Da Mafia 6iX that includes Koopsta Knicca, Gangsta Boo, Lord Infamous, and Crunchy Black. The tape called Resurrlation is said to be released this fall, the album is coming out March 2014. DJ Paul also collaborated on a mixtape titled Clash Of Da Titans with Drumma Boy that was released on October 23,[7] and plans to release a solo tape called The Original Masters in November.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011 DJ Paul starred in VH1's cooking show Famous Food together with 7 other celebrities and eventually won the first place.[9]

Business ventures[edit]

DJ Paul ventured into film-making with "Choices", a straight-to-video 2001 crime drama starring most of the Three 6 Mafia collective.[10] Following the movie's success a sequel "Choices 2: The Setup" was released in 2005.[11]

In 2007, DJ Paul and Juicy J started their own fashion wear line titled "Dangerus / Skandulus". It was branded as the official Three 6 Mafia wear. It includes T-shirts, hats, accessories and stickers.[12]

DJ Paul founded his own record label Scale-A-Ton Entertainment in 2009. He has released his last 2 albums under the label.

In 2012, DJ Paul launched a collection of BBQ seasonings called "DJ Paul BBQ". Paul initially created a BBQ rub seasoning, soon followed by a Smoked Out BBQ Sauce.[13][14]

In 2013, DJ Paul posted promos on his Twitter and Facebook backing a new legal version of the alcoholic drink, "Sizzurp" and is the official spokesman for the product.[15]

Legal Issues[edit]

In an interview with Power 105′s The Breakfast Club, Paul stated he has been arrested numerous times. He was sent to jail for the first time at the age of 17.[16]

In 2006, a man from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, named Ramone Williams filled a lawsuit against DJ Paul and other Three 6 Mafia members, claiming he has been severely beaten at a Three 6 Mafia concert when other fans followed the lyrics of the song "Let's Start a Riot" and attacked him. The man claimed he was hit with a chair, kicked and stomped numerous times. Three 6 Mafia asked for dismissal of the suit because of no "genuine issue of material fact".[17] In October, both sides settled the suit and Williams received financial compensation.[18]

On June 8, 2012 a lawsuit was filled against DJ Paul and Juicy J for failing to appear in a concert which they were booked for. The suit claimed the two were booked for an April 2011 show in Orlando, Florida but never showed up. They also never returned a $9,000 advance payment they received for the performance. Paul and Juicy are demanded to pay $50,000 for economic loss, out-of-pocket expenses and loss of income and revenue.[19]

In October 2012, few days before his third album was released, DJ Paul was arrested in New York when a Taser stun gun was found on him during a routine search. He was charged with misdemeanor and released shortly after.[20] Paul commented on the arrest: "I honestly didn't know it was illegal. I thought it was at the same level as pepper spray."[21]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]

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