Salute to Houston's Own Slim Thug
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/10/2018, 4:30 a.m.
By Keandra "Ke'Ke" Scott-Tatum and Jo-Carolyn Goode
Photography By Ausha Wallace and Motif N' Volume
Slim Thug has been running things like a “Boss” for the past twenty years. Coming on the scene in 1998 to catch the ear and eye of DJ Michael “5000” Watts and joining the “Swisha House” family, Slim’s legacy was set to become one of the most well known and respected rappers in the game. From that date to the present, he has dominated the rap game in Houston from his first freestyle to birth a clothing collection, beer line, e-Cigar, construction company, foundation, and constantly give back to the community that helped him rise to the top. He credits Houston for giving him that entrepreneurial spirit. The city stands to salute this Houston legend with all the rights and privileges thereof.
“It’s a blessing. Honestly, I never thought that I would do what I love to do for 20 years straight. So you know I am just thankful to be able to still do it,” said Slim as he looked over his career that has spanned two decades.
Fans of young and old got to celebrate the icon and his 20-year music career at a concert hosted by Slim and Boss Life Worldwide. Before Slim hit the stage, he set the atmosphere for the night with a dose of Sugar Daddy Slim 2018 in a short movie introduction. In true boss mode, he then proceeded to prove why he was the “boss of da Nawf,” kicking it off into the Swisha House era as he performed “Rolling” Strapped” and “Nawfside.” An all-star line-up of legendary acts followed with opening performances by rising rap stars from the “nawf to the souf.” OG Lil‘ Mario was first up with “B*es Ain’t S.” Next Slim did an epic performance with 97.9 The Box’s Madd Hatta on “Down South!” As the show progressed fans witnessed performances from legends Mike D (“So Real”), Big Pokey (“Maan”), and the turn of eras leading to SUC, ESG, Already Platinum, and Boss Hogg Outlawz to the Boss of All Bosses period. Music breaks were given to keep the crowd going by popular local stand-up acts Darrell The Comedian and Dat Damn Monty.
So, who else graced the stage? With over 47 artists performing, let’s see, hol’ up, whoosh! O G Ron C and DJ Michael 5000 Watts did a set. Appearances were also made by DJ Young Samm who brought Slim out, Yung Pooda, Killa Kyleon, Dough Beezy, Sauce Walka, OTB Fastlane, Z-Ro, Willie D, Lil’ Flip, EMG Santana, Propaine, J -Dawg, Mr. Lee, KentheMan (only female rapper to grace the stage), and many others.
Slim Thug 20th year anniversary concert was sponsored by Remy Martin US (who gave smooth notes of cognac cocktails), Parkway Family (who gave one fan a chance to save money on a future vehicle purchase), and MetroPCS spoiled music lovers throughout the event. The event was presented by Boss Life and 97.9 The Box. Media and press partnership was with Eden James of The Starting Line Up.