In Hip Hop History Today: Three 6 Mafia Wins an Oscar March 5, 2006
On March 5, 2006, Three 6 Mafia became the second hip-hop group to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song with “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp” (co-written by Frayser Boy). They were also the first hip-hop artists ever to perform at the ceremony. It was the second hip hop song to win an Oscar, after Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”, from the film 8 Mile (2002). Right before presenter Queen Latifah announced that they had won, she laughed, pumped up the audience and sang the chorus from the popular song. Watch the clip or listen to the song below.