Album Stream: Slim Thug – Hogg Life Vol. 4: American King [Audio]

Slim Thug

Slim Thug

By Jack Barnes

After a decade of being one of the most popular and influential figures in Texas hip-hop, Slim Thug has settled into a more restful existence; but just because he is done hustling does not mean he has nothing left to say. The Houston kingpin no longer has to worry about his day-to-day survival, so he has more time to reflect on the choices he’s made to become successful, on younger hustlers and how they can follow his example, and on the problems facing society and the world at large. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
On Hogg Life Vol. 4: American King, Slim Thug’s eighth studio album, out today, the rap game Boss Hogg saves most of his energy for his bars, which are as strong today as they were on his debut. Featuring two appearances from Boosie Badazz, as well as contributions from X.O., and Nikki LactsonHogg Life 4: American King is a quality addition to Thug’s inimitable discography and a shining 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.

Last week, Slim Thug released King,” the album’s opening track, which sets the tone for the album as he reflects on his past, recognizes his blessings, and encourages everyone to live like him, like a king. “King” followed 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. In July, Slim released the video for “Doing Me,” which doubled as a “collection” video where the booming-voiced emcee could show off his most valuable items, as well as Thug Thursday 3which finds the rap legend taking popular industry beats, including Noah “40” Shebib‘s beat for Drake‘s “Grammys” and Mike WiLL Made It‘s beat for Gucci Mane‘s “First Day Out the Feds,” applying his signature drawl, and making them his own.

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. He 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 SosamannBeatking, and Sauce TwinzHogg Life Vol. 4: American King is now available to purchase on iTunes and stream on Spotify.

Slim Thug was recently in New York and did several interviews. Listen to them here:

Buy Hogg Life 4: American King: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hogg-life-vol.-4-american-king/id1129584433&app=itunes

Tracklist:

1. King (prod. DJ Grim)
2. Enemy (prod. Mr. Lee)
3. Family (prod. Mr. Lee)
4. Get Better (prod. Mr. Lee)
5. Hustle
6. Get Rich
7. The Just Wanna Be Heard ft. Boosie
8. IDKY ft. XO (prod. G&B)
9. Real
10. Peaceful (prod. Donnie Houston)
11. 1000 ft. Boosie (prod. June James)
12. Hold Your Head Up (prod. prod. Cy Fyre)
13. Love Letter (prod. G&B)
14. He Will (prod. Mr. Lee)
15. Chuuch ft. Nikki Lactson (prod. Mr. Lee)

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,  was released via EMPIRE on August 4th.
EMPIRE Background:
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.
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