Stayve Jerome Thomas, 8 September 1980, Houston, Texas, USA. Southern rapper Slim Thug enjoyed notable underground success with a series of mixtapes, before crossing over to the mainstream in 2005 with his Neptunes -funded major label debut, Already Platinum. Raised in Houston, the 6 feet 6 inches tall 265-pound heavy Thomas gained his rapping moniker because of his slim build as a teenager, with the thug part a later addition as testament to his braids and gold teeth. In love with music from an early age, he began his professional career in the late 90s by rapping on mix-tapes released by the Houston-based Swishahouse Records imprint. Slim Thugs independent success came through his shrewd management of his own Boss Hogg Outlawz label, which he started after spending a couple of years with Swishahouse.
From the early 00s onwards, the rapper released a series of mixtapes through the label that enjoyed runaway sales success in...