Wiz Khalifa was an admitted Three 6 Mafia disciple long before he signed one half of the group’s production engine, Juicy J, to his Taylor Gang label. Understandably, the pair went on to collaborate on an untold number of projects, each pushing each other’s sound forward. With their first full-length collaborative LP Stoner’s Night, however, the two go back in time, mining the Juicemane’s exceptionally rich production catalog for inspiration.
“Testin,” which exists at the nexus of the Memphis crunk sound Three 6 Mafia invented and the happy-go-lucky stoner rap Wiz has made his brand, asks “Why they test my gangsta?” the same way the chorus of Three 6 Mafia’s 2003 hit “Testin My Gangsta” does. Further in, we get an updated version of Three 6’s “Weak Azz B***h” (“Weak”), production that very specifically recalls the group's Chapter 2: World Domination era (“Pop That Trunk”), and nods to Project Pat songs like “Make Dat Azz Clap” (“Backseat”) and “North Memphis” (“They Wanna See You”). The original references are old enough now that Juice and Wiz are likely introducing them to a new generation, but if Stoner’s Night tells us anything about its creators, it’s that classic Three 6 Mafia songs and production will forever have a place in their hearts (and stereos).