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Memphis Oscar Winners Bring the Culinary Crunk

Oscar-winning Memphis artists DJ Paul and Juicy J of rap group Three 6 Mafia have joined the cast of “Famous Food,” a new VH1 reality television show that challenges celebrities to turn an empty space into a flourishing restaurant.

The rappers will compete with Heidi Montag (“The Hills”), Danielle Staub (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Jake Pavelka (“The Bachelor”), Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) and Ashley Dupre, best known as the call girl in the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

According to VH1, the pair, who “have experience in the kitchen and have dreams of hosting a cooking show, will finally be given the opportunity to bring their culinary expertise to the table.”

Some folks complained Memphians Pat and Gina Neely’s show, “Down Home with the Neely’s” was too hot for the Food Network. Those folks might be best advised to steer clear of any future DJ Paul and Juicy J cooking program.

In 2006, Three 6 Mafia became the first African American group to win an Academy Award for Best Song for “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp,” from the soundtrack to former Memphian Craig Brewer’s film “Hustle & Flow.”

Another Memphian, Isaac Hayes, became the first individual African American artist to win an Oscar for Best Song in 1971 with “Theme from Shaft.”

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