Juicy J’s material gets regular spins on the radio. Things were different for the Memphis rapper-producer in 1995, when he was an aspiring artist trying to break through with his group, Three 6 Mafia

The group started getting traction with its “Tear Da Club Up” single, a selection from its Mystic Stylez album. Juicy J says he remembers hearing the song on the radio for the first time.

“I would have been like 20, 21 years old,” Juicy J says during an interview with radio.com. “I heard it on the radio in Memphis, Tennessee. I went crazy. I got so excited. I was jumpin’ around. I called my mom. ‘Yo, I’m on the radio. I’m on the radio.’”

The success of “Tear Da Club Up” helped Three 6 Mafia land its first major label contract, one with Relativity Records. “The song got hot then it got in Atlanta,” Juicy J says. “Then it got hot in Dallas. Then it got hot in Houston, and then maybe like nine months later we signed a big record deal.” 

In 1997, Three 6 Mafia released its first album with Relativity Records, Chpt. 2 “World Domination.”  That album included “Tear Da Club Up ’97,” a reworking of its breakthrough hit. 

Juicy J is working on his next album, the follow-up to 2013’s Stay Trippy.

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