Three Times Dope is a hip hop trio from Philadelphia consisting of EST (Robert Waller), Chuck Nice (Walter Griggs) and Woody Wood (Duerwood Beale). 3xD, as they were called for short, were a part of the Hilltop Hustlers Crew (which also included Steady B, Cool C, Da Youngsta’s, Mentally Gifted, and others). At first, they recorded under the name 3-D.
Their debut LP, Original Stylin’ was well-received, peaking at #122 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and the group became well known for the terminology they created, such as “Acknickulous” and “The Giddy Up”. The album’s lyrics centered on comedic material and boasting.
3xD’s follow-up album Live from Acknickulous Land was an attempt at a more serious work. Despite spawning two minor hits, it failed to chart on the Billboard 200. It did, however, peak at #30 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart.
3xD later became closely associated with rapper/producer Kwamé. Their third album, Da Sequel, was not released until 1998.
EST would eventually go on to become an award-winning songwriter for top-tier acts, most notably a Grammy nomination in 2005 for Destiny’s Child’s “Cater 2 U”.