To be an entertainer in an industry where the shelf life of a hip-hop artist is estimated not to exceed five years, it goes without saying to accomplish the unthinkable takes tenacity, determination, hustle, and above all faith. Slim Thug is the epitome of a “Boss” with a career that has spanned 15 plus years, continuing to build his legacy that will surely be regarded in the hip-hop history books.
Born on September 8, 1980 in Houston, Texas, Slim Thug experienced hardships and humble beginnings that would mold him into the “Boss” he was to become. Raised on the Northside of Houston, Slim learned early on that only those who worked for what they desired would reap the benefits of living a successful life. As he witnessed his mother work multiple jobs to provide for her family, Slim knew there was more to life than his surroundings, sparking his passion for music and talent as a freestyle rapper.
Because of his stature and street demeanor, “Slim Thug” would become his rap name. At the age of 17, Slim began to perform at local high school parties. His buzz caught the attention of legendary DJ Michael “5000” Watts and landed him a spot as a featured artist on the “Swisha House 98” mixtape. With the mentoring from Watts and his own will to be self-made, Slim recognized the importance of becoming an independent artist. He eventually began distributing his own mixtapes increasing his cash flow and knack for the business side of the industry.
After amicably parting ways with Swisha House, Slim Thug started his own record label, Boss Hogg Outlawz (BHO). Teaming up with fellow Houston rapper E.S.G., they were able to bring peace between the north and the south with the collaborative album also titled “Boss Hogg Outlawz”. Slim Thug saw the need to bring fresh faces to the forefront forming a collective of Houston rappers under BHO that helped propel the budding careers of artists such as Dre Day, J-Dawg, Killa Kyleon, and L.E.$.
The mid 2000s would finally expose Slim Thug to the world as he signed to Pharell Williams and Interscope Records. Slim’s solo debut album “Already Platinum” was released in 2005. The years 2005 and 2006 proved to be the peak in Houston’s rise in hip-hop. Slim was nominated for an MTV2 award for “Still Tippin” with Mike Jones and Paul Wall and won a MTV VMA for “Check On It” with Beyonce. Slim’s mainstream appeal officially broke barriers between hip-hop and pop when he teamed up with Gwen Stefani for the “Luxurious” remix.
Slim Thug released his 2nd solo album “Boss of All Bosses” in 2009 which featured the popular singles “I Run” and “Thug”. Slim followed up shortly after with his 3rd solo effort “The Thug Show”in 2010. Slim kept himself relevant consistently releasing quality music through the “Serve & Collect” (1, 2, & 3) series and mixtapes like “Welcome to Texas” that served as the soundtrack for some of Houston’s biggest events such as the Super Bowl and All Star Weekend.
Slim returned to his roots of being 100% independent and began to build the foundation for hisBoss Life brand. As he prepared to fully launch his new business, Slim Thug maintained the attention of his loyal fans with his mixtapes “Thug Thursday” (1 & 2) and “Houston” paying homage to the city that bred him. “Boss Life” the album was the beginning of a new era for Slim. He expanded his brand and influence with his popular e-Cigar (Boss Life Cigars), clothing line, and becoming a mentor to the new generation of Houston artists.
Slim Thug has achieved what most would say is unattainable for someone with his background. In addition to being a successful entertainer and businessman, Slim has also managed to add author and philanthropist to his already impressive resume. As recognition for his many efforts to give back to his community, February 25, 2014 was officially named “Slim Thug Day” by the Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston.
Through his passion for Texas culture and ability to bridge the gap between the generation of musicians in Houston, Slim released his first documentary series in early 2015. Slim Thug’s career has truly withstood the test of time. From the trenches to living a fulfilled life, Slim has opened doors for others to do the same. As he continues to build his empire, Slim Thug is undoubtedly the Boss of ALL Bosses.