20th Anniversary Red Vinyl. Three 6 Mafia was formed in the early 90's by a group of mixtape DJ's who became known as the top act in Memphis. They released their first commercial album in 1995, a masterpiece. Their 2005 release "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" won them an Academy Award, making them the first rap group to do so. which launched the careers of Lil Wyte, La Chat, Project Pat, Gangsta Boo and others.