Music » Music Stories

Slim Thug

Already Platinum (Star Trak/Geffen)


Lil' Flip's 2004 disc U Gotta Feel Me helped put Houston's mammoth rap scene on the national map, but the city was not behind him: The fiercely independent rap community there accused Flip of pandering to his major-label bosses. Watching this unfold, fellow Houstonian Slim Thug quietly signed with the Neptunes' imprint, Star Trak -- a smart move, given that the production team's consistently platinum sales give them freedoms that Flip's Sony handlers did not possess. Slim's resulting debut, Already Platinum, indeed lacks R&B-crossover bullshit or forced collaborations and has room for the creeping "Diamonds" -- complete with certified screwed-up hook -- and "Boyz N Blue," a posse cut with his crew. The Neptunes do produce eight songs on Platinum, but Chad and Pharrell bring in outside help -- crazy-ass superproducer Jazze Pha shows up twice, for better or for worse -- and know when to get out of the way and let Slim be himself. Fortunately, he still kills on the Neptunes' shiny funk. The title track has a haunting feel to it, with his voice slightly pitched down, while the somber real-talk jam "This Is My Life" is amazing -- despite barely even sounding like the Neptunes. Either way, this collab is ill. Welcome to Houston.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.