Three 6 Mafia Rapper's LP Shows Two Sides To A Boo

Gangsta Boo says Best of Both Worlds: Star 69, due May 1, displays both hard-edged, sexy styles.

With her smooth-as-ice performance on Outkast's "I'll Call Before I Come," from the duo's multiplatinum Stankonia, Gangsta Boo has been ringing up buzz for the release of her second album, scheduled to arrive in stores May 1.

The Memphis rapper is still recording songs for Best of Both Worlds: Star 69. The album — the follow-up to 1998's Enquiring Minds, featuring the underground hit "Where Dem Dollas At" — will be produced by fellow Three 6 Mafia members DJ Paul and Juicy "J."

As the only woman in Three 6 Mafia — the first and only Memphis rap group to earn a platinum album, 2000's When the Smoke Clears: Sixty 6, Sixty 1 — Gangsta Boo often provides a foil to the rancid raps of the group's five male members. She spits back at the rest of the Mafia with as much venom as a rattlesnake, all the while maintaining a decidedly raunchy sex appeal.

"There's two sides to everybody, and I've got multiple personalities like everybody else," Boo said. "The [new] album's cover will feature me in spike boots, showing my feminine side, while the back cover is on some tomboy stuff."

Though it's unlikely she'll feature any guests outside Three 6 Mafia's Hypnotize Minds rhyme family on her new collection, Gangsta Boo said she's keeping her female fans in mind.

"I want the ladies to know that I'm representing for them, because that's what it's all about by me being a female," she said. "This album is also more of Gangsta Boo. You're not going to hear as much Three 6. You can tell that I really grew up."

Besides her appearance on Outkast's album, Boo has also made fiery forays on Foxy Brown's Chyna Doll (1999) and Charli Baltimore's Ice.

Even though the latter was never released, Boo's work on these projects helped pave the way for Southern female rappers to be accepted by New York artists. Boo said she enjoyed working with rappers from the Big Apple.

"To collaborate with a New York artist back then, especially being from the South, was an accomplishment," she said. "I was glad to get noticed and to have that opportunity to do that. I was very flattered, but now that the South is popping right now, it wouldn't be no thing if a New Yorker would come to me and ask me to do a song."