“Hustle & Flow” Earns Oscar for Original Song for “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”

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NEWYORK, NY — “It’s Hard Out Here For APimp,” from the motion picture “Hustle & Flow,” won the OscarforOriginal Song at the 78th Academy Awards last night. Written by Jordan”Juicy J” Houston, Cedric “Frayser Boy” Coleman and Paul “DJ Paul”Beauregard — who took home the award — the song appears on the GrandHustle/Atlantic soundtrack album, “HUSTLE & FLOW: MUSIC FROM ANDINSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE.”

“It’s Hard Out Here For APimp” was performed in the film and on the soundtrack by the charactersDJay (actor & Oscar nominee Terrence Howard) feat. Shug(actressTaraji P. Henson). On last night’s Oscar telecast, the song was performed by the Memphis-based Three 6 Mafia (including Houston andBeauregard), plus Coleman and Taraji P. Henson.

This marked the firsttime that a rap song has been performed on the Academy Awards show.

“HUSTLE& FLOW: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE” was released by Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records on July 12, 2005. The ExecutiveSoundtrack Album Producers were John Singleton, Kevin Liles, JasonGeter and T.I. for Grand Hustle. The Soundtrack Album Producers wereJason Geter and T.I. for Grand Hustle.

The “Hustle & Flow”soundtrack features an extraordinary line-up of hip-hop and urbanartists, including T.I. & P$C, Juvenile, Trina, Mike Jones, PaulWall, Boyz N Da Hood, Webbie, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Scrappy, Trillville,Al Kapone, and many others. The album also features the film’s star,Terrence Howard (“Crash,” “Ray”), performing tracks in his lead role asthe street hustler-turned-rapper known as DJay.

The ParamountClassics/MTV Films/New Deal Entertainment motion picture “Hustle &Flow” opened in theatres across North America on July 13th. Written anddirected by Craig Brewer, the critically acclaimed film is theredemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find hisvoice and realize his long-buried dream of becoming a respected rapartist. Winner of the prestigious Audience Award at the 2005 SundanceFilm Festival, “Hustle & Flow” stars Terrence Howard, AnthonyAnderson (“The Shield,” “Barbershop”), Taryn Manning (“8 Mile,” “ColdMountain”), DJ Qualls (“Road Trip,” “The New Guy”), and Ludacris(“Crash,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”). “Hustle & Flow” is produced by JohnSingleton (“Boyz N The Hood,” “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Four Brothers”) andStephanie Allain.