Stayve Jerome Thomas (born September 8, 1980),[1] better known by his stage name Slim Thug, is an American rapper. He initially gained mainstream attention for his contribution to the hit single by rapper Mike Jones, "Still Tippin'". In July 2005, he released his debut album Already Platinum, which reached number two on the Billboard 200 chart. That same year, he was featured on Beyoncé's single for the Pink Panther soundtrack, "Check on It" (alongside Bun B), which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and won the MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video.[2]

Slim Thug
Slim Thug at the KDHT studio in 2005.
Background information
Birth nameStayve Jerome Thomas
Born (1980-09-08) September 8, 1980 (age 43)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Years active1998–present
Formerly of

Early life edit

At age 17, he performed freestyle raps at local high school parties. He began his rap career with Swishahouse in the late 1990s. After realizing how much money he could make distributing his own mixtapes, he parted ways with Swishahouse on good terms and formed his own independent label, Boss Hogg Outlawz.[3] Thomas bought two record stores and worked in real estate.[1] Stayve attended Eisenhower High School.

Music career edit

Already Platinum (2005–08) edit

Slim Thug's big debut album with Star Trak Entertainment & Interscope Records, Already Platinum, was released in July 2005 after many delays.[1] It premiered on #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sold 130,000 copies in its first week.[4] Singles included "3 Kings" (featuring T.I. and Bun B), and "I Ain't Heard of That" (featuring Pharrell and Bun B). Slim Thug appeared on Still Tippin' with Mike Jones and Paul Wall, Beyoncé Knowles's #1 single "Check on It" and Gwen Stefani's "Luxurious". With the Boss Hogg Outlawz, Slim Thug released three albums, Boyz N Blue (2004), Serve & Collect (2007) and Back by Blockular Demand: Serve & Collect II (2008). He left Star Trak & Interscope Records in 2008.[5]

Boss of All Bosses (2009) edit

Slim Thug's second solo album Boss of All Bosses was released in 2009. Although not as successful as his debut album, Boss of All Bosses debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 with 32,000 copies sold in the first week released. It included the single "I Run".

Tha Thug Show (2010–present) edit

Slim Thug's third studio album Tha Thug Show. His first single was "Gangsta" which featured Z-Ro. His second single featured rapper/singer B.o.B entitled "So High". It was released November 30, 2010. On April 23, 2013 he released a new EP titled Welcome to Texas EP featuring guest appearances from Rick Ross, Pimp C and Ludacris among others.[6]

In March 2020, Slim Thug released his album Thug Life, and he announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.[7]

Personal life edit

According to MTV News, Lupe Fiasco's video for "Hip Hop Saved My Life" was based on Slim Thug's life story. "It is based on Slim Thug," Fiasco revealed.[8]

On June 7, 2010, Vibe released controversial statements Slim Thug had made regarding treatment of black men by black and white women saying "it’s hard to find [a successful black man] so Black women have to bow down and let it be known that they gotta start working hard; they gotta start cooking and being down for they man more. ...White women treat they man like a king."[9] The article elicited varied reactions from bloggers and online commentators.[10][11][12] Cultural critic and Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill[13] and singers Aubrey O'Day, D. Woods,[14] and rapper Talib Kweli[15] have all responded publicly to his comments.

Discography edit

Awards and nominations edit

MTV Video Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2005 "Still Tippin'" MTV2 Award Nominated
2006 "Check On It" Best R&B Video Won

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy (2005). "Slim Thug: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "2006 VMA Highlights". MTV. Retrieved 2022-06-16.
  3. ^ Rashbaum, Alyssa (October 27, 2004). "Slim Thug: No One-Sided Hustler". You Hear It First. MTV News. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Harris, Chris (July 20, 2005). "R. Kelly Fights Off Slim Thug And Bow Wow To Hold #1". MTV News. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  5. ^ Reid, Shaheem (April 15, 2008). "Slim Thug Is Ready To Be His Own Boss Again: MC Says He'll Be Free Of Record Deal Within The Week". MTV News. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - Welcome to Texas by Slim Thug". iTunes. 23 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Slim Thug Shares 'Thug Life' LP". 26 March 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-03-27.
  8. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (April 11, 2008). "Lupe Fiasco's Latest Single, 'Hip-Hop Saved My Life,' Honors Southern Rap Heroes Bun B, Slim Thug". MTV News. Retrieved January 16, 2010.
  9. ^ Rhett, Starrene (2010-06-07). "Slim Thug: 'Black Women Need To Stand By Their Man More'". Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  10. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (2010-06-07). "Slim Thug On Interracial Dating, "White Women Treat They Man Like A King & Black Women Feel They Ain't Gotta"". Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  11. ^ "Battle Of The Sexes: Bloggers Debate Slim Thug's Blog About Black Women". 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  12. ^ "Was Slim Thug Offensive Towards Black Women?". 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  13. ^ Hill, Marc Lamont (2010-06-08). "An open letter to Slim Thug". Archived from the original on 2010-06-11. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  14. ^ "A Woman's Side: Aubrey O'Day, D. Woods Respond To Slim Thug". 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  15. ^ "A Man's Side: Talib Kweli Responds To Slim Thug". 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  16. ^ "Thug Life by Slim Thug". Apple Music. 2020-03-27. Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  17. ^ "Down in Texas by Slim Thug and Killa Kyleon". Spotify. 2020-07-24. Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  18. ^ "Album: Slim Thug 'SDS Vibes'". Rap Radar. 23 April 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  19. ^ "BIGslim by Slim Thug". Apple Music. 2022-01-14. Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  20. ^ "Where Dreams Are Made by Slim Thug". Apple Music. 2023-02-15. Retrieved 2023-02-15.

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