By Jack Barnes
Like the Olympics and San Francisco Giants World Series victories, Thug Thursday is a highly anticipated, almost mystical event gracing the universe in even-numbered years. Today, Houston’s Boss Hogg Slim Thug gifts us Thug Thursday 3. The sequel to 2012’s Thug Thursday and 2014’s ThugThursday 2, Thug Thursday 3 finds the Texas legend taking popular industry beats, including Noah “40” Shebib‘s beat for Drake‘s “Grammys” and Metro Boomin‘s beat for Future‘s “Wicked,”
Featuring two appearances from Boosie Badazz, as well as contributions from X.O., and Nikki Lactson, Hogg Life 4: American King is another quality addition to Thug’s inimitable discography. Last week, Slim Thug released American King highlight “IDKY,” featuring DJ XO, which commented on the effect of police violence on the black community. Previously, Slim Thug treated fans to lead single “Peaceful,” a melodic, guitar-led rumination on his rarified position in the hood–after a lifetime of hustling, the Boss can afford to escape the world and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Both “IDKY” and “Peaceful” are currently available to purchase on iTunes and are available as a gratis download with pre-order of the full album.
Slim Thug is a leading voice in Houston rap and has been 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 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.
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