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A kingpin of Texas rap, Slim Thug’s chart-topping successes as a rapper are widely recognized but not everyone knows about his many entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. 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. He is living proof that you can make it out of the hood in one piece.

On the opening track, “King,” from his upcoming album, Hogg Life 4: American King, Slim Thug reflects on his past, recognizes his blessings, and encourages everyone to live like him, like a king. Setting the tone for the album, Slim spits game, teaching how to avoid becoming another statistic, how to keep striving amidst the chaos, and how to move correctly to become a boss. Pairing a classic Southern beat with lows meant to blow out your speakers with hauntingly beautiful church choir vocals, Slim says it takes work to earn money and success but, “Why be anything else when you can be a king?”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. “King” follows 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. Featuring two appearances from Boosie Badazz, as well as contributions from X.O., and Nikki Lactson, Slim Thug will release Hogg Life 4: American King on August 5th via EMPIRE.

Listen to “King” below: 

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