- “Just Chill” (feat. Big Sant & Big K.R.I.T.)
- “Love It” (feat. Paul Wall & Chamillionaire)
- “1st n 15th” (feat. Yo Gotti)
- “Go Long” (feat. Z-Ro & Nipsey Hussle)
Quick, name the last Slim Thug song you listened to. If you’re anything like me, the last track you might have heard from Thug was “So High”, a collaboration with Atlanta artist B.o.B. released in 2010. Since then, the Houston-bred rapper has only dropped two projects, including one mixtape and his Welcome To Texas EP that he released earlier this year. While both of those compilations did not get much recognition, his latest album Boss Life is just the right sound to give Thug the attention he deserves.
Before you even get a chance to break down the bars on the album, the production is guaranteed to reel you in. Handled mostly by G Luck ‘n B Don, along with the help of Mr. Lee, Big K.R.I.T., and Play-N-Skillz, the variety accurately creates different backdrops for Thug to spit on while simultaneously assimilating the same Houston sound he’s known for. With samples that range from Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” to Bobby Valentino’s “Slow Down” and even to NWA’s “Dopeman”, the beats on Boss Life stand to be quite impressive for a rapper like Thug. The upbeat album begins to take a slower route around track thirteen, “Bomb A** P*ssy”, followed by several tracks one would label as “for the ladies”. Closing up with “Go Long”, a smooth Harry Fraud-like sound created by producer Ralo, Boss Life proves to be a valuable addition to Thug’s discography.
While other standout tracks such as “Just Chill”, “Coming Down (Every Town)” and “1st n 15th” prove to be strong points on the album, feature-less songs like “84S”, “Gotta Eat”, and title track “Boss Life” allow Thug to create the hard-hitting Southern sound he’s known for. Features from artists such as Big Sant, Beat King, Yo Gotti, Kirko Bangz and more contribute in adding just the right amount of Texas influence. Of course, no album out of Houston would be complete without a verse from Bun B or a chopped and screwed track, both of which are included on Thug’s album. “Love It” finds Thugga linking with fellow Houston delegates Chamillionaire & Paul Wall for the sluggish standout, a chopped & screwed dedication to the city, complete with an Aaliyah sample. With a hook provided by the late, great Pimp C, “Cocaine” rightfully includes a verse from Bun and other Houston native Boston George to create the overly-catchy Texas anthem.
Great production all-around, mixed with some commendable features and stand-out tracks, Boss Life is definitely more than worth a listen. It’s grimy, Southern sound provides Thug an opportunity to shine. Although the tracks dedicated to the female audience ended up slowing down the sound of the album in more ways than one, Thug makes up for it in other aspects of the project.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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