People Staff
March 20, 2006 12:00 PM

You know what? I think it just got a little easier out here for a pimp,” joked Jon Stewart after Three 6 Mafia bounded onstage to accept their Oscar for Hustle & Flow’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” Already amped to rap under Hollywood’s hottest klieg lights, the group couldn’t repress their glee over winning. “It’s like jumping on a spaceship to a planet they haven’t discovered yet,” says Jordan “Juicy J” Houston, 32, who with “DJ Paul” Beauregard, 31, and Darnell “Crunchy Black” Carlton, 31, form the Memphis trio. Together since 1995, they gladly cleaned up their lyrics for the telecast. “If they wanted me to say, ‘It’s hard out here for a bunny rabbit,’ I would’ve done it,” says Beauregard. Later at the Governors Ball, they ran into new pal George Clooney: Beauregard (who sports tattoos based on the fakes Clooney wore in From Dusk Till Dawn) called the actor “my favorite man” in his speech after they bonded at an Oscar lunch. Even getting shut out of Prince’s exclusive bash didn’t take the Mafia down. Says Houston: “It’s cool. I was just excited to stand in front of his house.”

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