Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at 11:28 am
It only took a few years, (four to be exact) but the man who helped etch the word “boss” into the Hip-Hop vernacular; Slim Thug [Click to read interview] returns with his second album appropriately titled Boss Of All Bosses.
Tapping the who’s who of the Houston Hip-Hop scene, Slim Thug manages to bring everyone that’s relevant from that region, and gets them to add their own little flare to his project.
Starting off with the title track, ‘Boss Of All Bosses,’ Slim Thug goes into how some people try to be him instead of being themselves, “Bitin’ everything from my slang to my smile/thought I was gon’ let it slide/hell nah/if the shoe fit, wear it/listen to it compare it/you n*ggas ain’t my fam/how must I you inherit.”
From there he goes into biography mode on ‘I’m Back’ featuring Devin The Dude.
Over catchy production, he expresses his turbulent road to success with lines like, “I dropped Already Platinum, but it only sold gold/and n*ggas looking at me like I sold my soul/I was at Interscope tryin’ to find my mind/’Still Tippin’ wasn’t poppin’, ‘Three Kings’ just dropped/and I’m an underground artist tryin’ to get on top.”
Slim Thug keeps that momentum going on ‘I Run’ featuring Yelawolf. Borrowing an interpolation from the 1980’s hit song ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ by A Flock Of Seagulls, the Boss Hogg himself talks about putting on for his city. Mannie Fresh joins the fray and adds his touch as well as performing the hook on ‘Show Me Love.’
Using a well-placed voice sample from Eazy E’s ‘Eazy-Duz-It,’ producer Mr. Lee comes up with ‘Thug,’ as Slim Thug explains just what the term means. After he thoroughly discusses that topic, he lets the opposite sex know just what kind of female he’s looking for on ‘My B***h.’
Slim Thug assures that Hip-Hop will be staying put down South with notable contributions like ‘Leanin’ featuring Pimp C and Bun-B ‘Hard,’ featuring Scarface and J-Dawg, the semi Chopped & Screwed ‘Top Drop’ featuring Paul Wall, and ‘Welcome 2 Houston’ featuring Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Pimp C, Bun-B, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Trae, Rob G, Lil O, Big Pokey, Mike D, and Yung Redd.
Even though Slim Thug’s Boss Of All Bosses was stuck in developmental hell for a while, it doesn’t show, and he lets his frustrations out on an album that should be one of the standout projects of this year.
Combining his signature voice with sharp production, while getting all of Houston’s top players on the same page is only something a true boss would be able to do; and Slim Thug does that effortlessly.