The last time AllHipHop.com featured Slim Thug, Already Platinum seemed like a political campaign from a president questionable. Already, Slim Thug has affirmed what Mike Jones showed early, and what Paul Wall is likely to punctuate that Houston is beastly in the 05 Rap Game.
It hasnt been since Lil Flips commercial boom in 2002 that Houston turned so many heads. Lil Flips comments certainly dont appear to be turning Slim Thug. Read AllHipHop.coms post-album follow-up feature to discuss Already Platinum, the elbow-room quarrel in Houston, and how Dubya aint the only Texan with a gun rack. If youre Slim Thug, the Rap game must look like Duck Hunt.
AllHipHop.com: One thing you have been credited for prior to working with a major label was your independence. Since the album has dropped, do you still feel positively about moving to a major label?
Slim Thug: Yeah, working with the majors is definitely the best way to be if you are trying to be in this Rap business and you got your numbers right, as far as your business, and what they are supposed to pay you. Now, the money s**t, if you want to be independent, you got to have that hustle, if you want to be a successful independent. As far as me, I am cool with my situation right now, Im cool.
AllHipHop.com: Recently, there has been a burst of artists out of H-town, with any city, Atlanta, New York, Houston, etc; everyone is going for that shot to be the king of their respective city. Do you find that same thing about Houston? We certainly sensed such from I Aint Heard of That
Slim Thug: It has been competitive with Houston, man. Like a lot of people in Houston dont even stick together and get in to it over the same ole s**t. Motherf**kers trying to be the baddest motherf**ker in the city. It really does not matter to me as long as what I do is a factor, it dont really matter to me. Rap is just a competitive thing, everybody is competitive and everybody wants to be number one, be the king, all that s**t, you know what Im sayin.
AllHipHop.com: As far as the friendly competition out there, do you have any guys that you compete with in a friendly manner?
Slim Thug: We dont compete, I got my n***as I f**k with like: Mike Jones and Paul Wall. We dont compete or no s**t like that.
AllHipHop.com: Is there any competition between yourself and Lil Flip?
Slim Thug: No there aint no competition, not on my end? Some n***as, they feel like
that to the point where they wanna be the king and all that there to the point where they be speaking on s**t, getting out of line with it. I said that about Flip on that song because on the [song] with Z-Ro, [he said]n***as think they made it before they album dropped or whatever; that s**t was big in the streets, everybody was like he talking about Slim, because the name of my album is Already Platinum. I felt like he shot that slug right there, but I was chillin though, I left that alone. His group, Squad Up, they got on a mix cd and shot some slugs, they said my name on the s**t. It wasnt no guessing since they said my name, so, when I heard that record, I just responded, lettin n***as know, N***a, I dont give a f**k what you talking about, its whatever. It aint no competition, I really aint in no competition with nobody.
AllHipHop.com: The Interview, is a perplexing record, can you comment on it more?
Slim Thug: Thats just what it is, this here is prior to all the Still Tippin s**t a lot of people did not listen to Houston Rap, they did not really respect the Screwed-up s**t. I always kept it like that and did that type of s**t. When I first got with the Neptunes, I was still doing my H-Town s**t on those types of records. Motherf**kers got to speaking that s**t, like it aint going to do nothing or whatever. Its just a lot of n***as, everybody going to talk. I was talking to Houston right there: DJs, people in the streets who think they know every f**king thing, just trying to predict what people do and all that there. I just be like man, get off my d*ck.
AllHipHop.com: This is My Life, is another gem of Already Platinum
Slim Thug: Pharrell made the track, and when he made the track I was just feeling it, it was some real gangsta s**t, Pharrell kind of got at me on that song right there, he was like man, I want you to do some s**t like that Bout It. The beat kind of like Bout It, how I am rappin on there, its kind of off beat, Pharrell told me to rap offbeat, to give it that type of feel. I hate it got on bootleg, I think it kind of took away some of the impact. If this album would of came out and aint s**t been heard, it would have been bigger than what it is.
AllHipHop.com: Just counting songs, seems like more that almost a fourth of the songs was out before the release date, how do you feel about that?
Slim Thug: I was so anxious to get Already Platinum, to get pass that. For one the bootleg was out, everybody think they had the album. Still motherf**kers aint bought the album because they think they got the album or whatever, they like I got them songs. My first week, I think if the bootlegs wasnt out I would have did even bigger numbers. I was ready to get pass this album, so people would know its a whole new thing. I still dont feel like I have seen my full potential, like what I would have really did, because the bootleg being out there, because the singles that I pushed was off the bootleg. Im ready to get to the next one.
AllHipHop.com: Not trying to compare, but coming out of Houston and getting a major deal like Flip, you do feel like people may turn on you the way people kind of turned on Flip this year? Do you feel like you are about to experience a whole lot more animosity directed at you now that you have dropped Already Platinum, an album on a major record label.
Slim Thug: Hell yeah, you aint know? Thats what the whole Flip thing is about; its already in effect right now. There have been other dudes talking down, thats just a n***er mentality, see someone else getting it; get mad and hate, instead of getting on they grindhatin. Its not just rappin if you on the corner and you got the most money; you got the most licks, getting the most money, you going to get hated on. It just comes with the territory. When you successful you got to have a hard-heart man. Motherf**kers is always quick to say n***as that got something, changed. Most times it be the people that saying that a n***a changed is the ones that changed. Just cause I got a Phantom, I cant play with motherf**ker no more, I cant joke about nobody care no more or they going be like this n***a on some more s**t. Its really the people who you was around they expect you to change, you cant play with them in certain ways no more, that is how I feel about it.
AllHipHop.com: Everybody is involved with the whole paper chase, the Rap game what do you consider going to far the paper, as far as being a rapper, selling out for money?
Slim Thug: I cant call that one, s**t. Me, personally, if it aint real to me I cant do it. I dont talk about s**t I dont do, I ain't fin to say Im driving nothing if I aint driving it, I dont have a big imagination. As far as other rappers who do make up a lot of s**t, I dont know what they would call selling out.
AllHipHop.com: You talk a lot about different guns on your CD, are you an avid gun owner?
Slim Thug: Man, I own a gang of guns; this aint no little s**t I am saying to hype myself up. I like guns; I got a DVD that is going to show some of my guns.
AllHipHop.com: So, whats your favorite out of your arsenal?
Slim Thug: I got an FN; it is a pistol that hold 21 shots, the bullet look like baby AK bullets, got the piercing. Man, they like 1200 [dollars], they trying to stop them from getting sold. Its serious! I got AKs, pumps, Mac 10s; I got this Raging Bull too. I dont go to the range a lot. Only time I really shoot my s**t is in the backyard on some New Years s**t.