MP3: Slim Thug – “King”
Slim Thug Leads by Example on Opening Track “King” from his Upcoming Hogg Life 4: American King, Out August 5th
A kingpin of Texas rap, Slim Thug‘s chart-topping successes as a rapper are widely recognized but not everyone knows about his many entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. As the owner of BossLife Clothing and Boss Life Construction, which helps to build homes for people with low credit scores, and as someone who regularly throws toy drives and turkey giveaways in Houston, Slim Thug leads by example. He is living proof that you can make it out of the hood in one piece.
On the opening track, “King,” from his upcoming album, Hogg Life 4: American King, Slim Thug reflects on his past, recognizes his blessings, and encourages everyone to live like him, like a king. Setting the tone for the album, Slim spits game, teaching how to avoid becoming another statistic, how to keep striving amidst the chaos, and how to move correctly to become a boss. Pairing a classic Southern beat with lows meant to blow out your speakers with hauntingly beautiful church choir vocals, Slim says it takes work to earn money and success but, “Why be anything else when you can be a king?”
American King is a fine example of grown man rap, showcasing an accomplished man in a life of comfort, reckoning with his past demons and celebrating the choices he made to make it to this position. “King” follows the release of lead single, “Peaceful,” a melodic, guitar-led rumination on his rarified position in the hood, and the anti-police brutality condemnation “IDKY,” which he released in response to the murders of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Featuring two appearances from Boosie Badazz, as well as contributions from X.O., and Nikki Lactson, Slim Thug will release Hogg Life 4: American Kingon August 5th via EMPIRE.
Listen to “King”: https://soundcloud.com/slimthugga1/king/s-BilSu
Pre-order Hogg Life 4: American King: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hogg-life-vol.-4-american-king/id1129584433&app=itunes
Slim Thug Background
Slim Thug is a leading voice in Houston rap, dominating the game since the mid-’00s. Born Stayve Thomas, Slim Thug earned the nickname Boss Hogg in high school from driving around a boxframe Cadillac. Slim Thug earned his break as a rapper when he freestyled in front of legendary Houston DJ Michael Watts, who helped him move thousands of mixtape CDs out of the trunk of his car. Featured alongside Paul Wall on Mike Jones‘ seminal single “Still Tippin’,” Thug became one of the brightest stars in Hip-Hop with his 2005 Neptunes-produced album Already Platinum, which featured hit songs such as “Like a Boss.“ Slim Thug earned a number one Billboard hit when he collaborated with Beyoncé on “Check On It” in 2006. Slim Thug continued his momentum with 2009’s Boss of All Bosses, which debuted at number 15 on the Billboard charts. Slim Thug released the first three volumes of the Hogg Life series of albums in 2015, cementing his role as a premier elder statesman in Houston and a mentor to young Houston rappers such as Sosamann, Beatking, and Sauce Twinz. The latest volume, Hogg Life Volume 4: American King, releases via EMPIRE on August 4th and is currently available for pre-order.
EMPIRE was founded in 2010 as an artist-friendly, progressive digital distribution company. After early success, and identifying future icons such as Kendrick Lamar, Sage The Gemini, and Rich Homie Quan, EMPIRE was quickly regarded as a tastemaker in the industry and throughout the past five years evolved into a full-fledged record label, distributor and publisher for independent musicians. With the company and roster growing at a breakneck pace, EMPIRE has effectively disrupted a stale business model by bringing its energy, expertise, and acumen to its artists and labels.
“IDKY” (ft. X.O.): https://soundcloud.com/slimthugga1/idky-feat-xo/
Hogg Life 4: American King: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hogg-life-vol.-4-american-king/id1129584433&app=itunes
“Watch Out (Freestyle)”: https://soundcloud.com/trill-sammy/slim-thug-ft-trill-sammy-dice-soho-watch-out-freestyle
“Doing Me (Freestyle)”: https://soundcloud.com/slimthugga1/doing-me-freestyle
“Like a Boss”: http://www.vevo.com/watch/slim-thug/like-a-boss/USIV20400683
“Still Tippin'”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYTBsN-KeNE