By Jack Barnes
Texas rap kingpin Slim Thug pontificates from his throne in the video for “King,” the somber mission statement for Slim Thug’s Hogg Life 4: American King. On “King,” Thug reflects on his past life as a hustler struggling to survive on the streets, understanding that he made it out of that life due to hard work, dedication and street smarts, and imparting his learned wisdom on young hustlers. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump.
In the video, premiered today by Vibe, Slim Thug takes the viewer on a Boss tour of Houston, stopping at the gym, the barbershop, the block, a luxury hotel, and even a literal throne, where Thug delivers his wise pronouncements from on high. On “King,” Slim Thug offers himself as a role model for responsible living for a retired gangsta. 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.
Featuring two appearances from Boosie Badazz, as well as contributions from X.O., and Nikki Lactson,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. Prior to the album’s release, Slim Thug released “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. Recently featured in a Noisey profile, Slim Thug is proof that you can make it out of the hood in one piece.
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