"I'm not sure how to give an intro to a guy like Slim Thug. Considering I don't know much about him other then the fact that he was a Houston rapper and was featured on Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'". When I was searching around amazon.com I came across Slim Thug's "Already Platinum. I read some reviews about him and pretty much everyone was really excited about this guy and loved his album.
So the other day when I was picking up Young Jeezy's album I decided that I would stretch and go after Slim Thug. I knew I liked his voice from "Still Tippin'" and I figured if it sucked I could just sell it to someone used. I went with it and picked it up and to say the least, I was shocked. I hadn't noticed that Slim had so many songs produced by Pharrell and that he even had the Star Trak label, I thought he was Swisha House so that tells you how much I have paid attention to this guy. Let me just say Slim tore these tracks apart. He didn't have a ton of guys all over his album, it was mainly Slim, and that is a really good thing. On the tracks that did have collaborations he didn't let anyone show him up and steal the track. Take the popular "3 Kings" which features the true trap star T.I. and Bun B. Slim held his own and made sure he didn't let anyone show him up. From start to finish this is all Slim Thug and that is a very, very good thing.
1. The Intro- Slim starts off talking on a hot beat but then gets into a smooth, slowed down flow. His lyrics aren't killer but it's just the intro. He keeps it short and sweet. 4* 2. Like a Boss- First track produced by the Neptunes and Slim Thug rips it apart. The beat is pretty hot and the woman screaming can get on my nerves but it doesn't bother me to much. Slim starts off his riot of words strong and early. 5* 3. 3 Kings- This is insane and off the chain. You can hear Mr. Jon pulling off his patent "OK" in the background. The beat is pretty simple but once Slim spits it's on. Slim gets on and doesn't stop. If the beat was a little faster T.I. would have murdered the track, it would have been over. Bun B shouts out to Pimp C, a little more Jon, and that's the end of the hottest track out right now. Easy 5* 4. Diamonds- The beat slows down crazy and "Diamonds" turns into a chilled out song. Slim proves he can tear up any speed beat. Poor Flip, the whole first verse is just tearing him apart. I don't think anyone is on his side anymore, I did like that song he did with Ludacris "Screwed Up". Oh well, he keeps this one short. 5* 5. Boyz N Blue-This is the song that introduces to the Boyz N Blue I guess. I like the hook but no one really stands out. This song was alright but really took the momentum away from Slim Thug. 3* 6. I Ain't Heard of That- The second Neptunes song and he comes back strong. The hook is alright nothing to special. Bun B shows up for the second time and is strong as usual, gives Pimp C another shout out. Slim and Bun were strong but the beat gets this one 5* 7. Click Clack- He gets gangsta on this track. The beat is perfect the song and hook is hot. Pusha then mentions VH-1. VH-1? This kills the whole tempo of the track. VH-1 has no business even being mentioned on any respectable rap artist's album and definitely not on a track like this. Slim closes strong to save the track. 4* 8. Everybody Loves a Pimp- Jazze Pha provides production and hook. Song about loving pimps and how the ladies need a pimp. Not a complete waste of a Jazze beat. 4* 9. Already Platinum- Pharrell comes back for the forth time. Beat is hot, Slim is hot, and Pharrell gets a verse. Longest track for a reason. 5* 10. Ashy to Classy- This is usually a track most rappers would rap about their honey. This is what makes me like Slim that much more. It's not all about the ladies, Ying Yang, David Banner, Luda, so on. Song about coming up. 5* 11. The Interview- I like this, it reminds of Lil' Flip's "What I Been Through", but this came together so much better. Ying Yang thought whispering was the hotness, the new thing is having your hook be questions from an interviewer. Kept this one short too, good. 5* 12. Playa You Don't Know- Another crazy Neptunes production. The hook is hot and the verses are crazy along with the beat. 5* 13. Miss Mary- Oh man, I don't mind drug preferences in song but its trouble to make a whole song about it. It's hard to give Slim anything under a 3 and this is no different. Hotter lyrics and comes together better then Styles P's "I Get High". Not produced by Pharrell but sounds like it. 3* 14. Incredible Feelin'- He makes sure this time to make best use of Jazze. 5* 15. This Is My Life- Slim begins to close out his album the right way and keeps this smooth. 5* 16. Dedicate- Neptunes produce last of 8 tracks. At first it sounds its going to be a banging track, but ends up slow. Stays true and doesn't puss out at the end and closes the album off real strong with some smooth verses. 5*
Overall this was one of the hottest albums of the summer. He keeps the playing time at around an hour and short. No awful annoying skits that get on your nerves. Overall you can go through this whole CD with no skipping tracks, that why I had to give this album 5*. The production is amazing, the hooks are hot, and most of all Slim Thug rips it. A lot of people might not agree with me but this is a better album then Common's "Be" and I stand by that. So if you are a fan of rap/hip-hop you have to pick this up. It's an awesome album and this has all the potential of putting H-Town on the map, not Flip or Mr. Jones. You need to grab "The People's Champ" Paul Wall when it's out to, also no bottom 3.
Top 3 1. 3 Kings 2. Playa You Don't Know 3. Like A Boss "
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C. Gray | Brooklyn, New York | 07/17/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I copped this disc mainly due to the Neptune affiliation. Truth be told, Slim Thug is a slightly-above average MC at best. I know a lot of his fans don't want to hear it, but he is thriving on a built-up image as opposed to actual musical superiority. There is nothing remarkable about this album except the number of tracks provided to those who purchase the double CD version. While I respect the current rap movement that is taking place in Houston, Slim Thug is not an upper-tier MC. In my East Coast opinion there are only two strong tracks on this disc - "I Ain't Heard of That" and "Playa' You Don't Know." In all fairness "Boyz N Blue" and "Miss Mary" are also notable. Slim may be the latest version of H-Town cool, but Scarface's throne remains safe at least for now."
S-R-W | 01/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"a GREAT album and one of the best in 2005
top 10 songs
1.Already Platinum 2.Playa you Don't Know 3.Boyz n Blue 4.3 Kings 5.I Ain't heard of That 6.Click Clack 7.Like A boss 8.the Interview 9.Dedicate 10.Everybody Loves A Pimp"
I feel so badly for Screw...
Crisis | 12/15/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I feel so badly for DJ Screw, up in heaven, sippin' codeine, and watching his former protege Slim Thug make a fool out of himself, almost in similar fashion to Lil' Flip. This album is back to back garbage, and the only reason anyone bought it was because it was produced by the highly(and I mean HIGHLY) overrated Neptunes, who have no idea how to make a beat that doesn't sound like bubble-gum rap. Oh, who am I kidding? They invented bubble-gum rap.
Instead of picking up this album, try and find some of DJ Screw's tapes and/or posthumous compilations. Any one of his 100+ tapes is better than this album, and if you're 'lucky,' you may even hear Slim Thug on one of the songs. If you don't want to hunt around for mixtapes or underground records, and want a taste of Southern hip-hop, you can't go wrong with Chamillionaire's Sound of Revenge.
Support real hip-hop, and leave this garbage on the shelves."
One of the best rap CDs of the year...
Bentley | Ontario, Canada | 12/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Already Platinum is full of great songs. It's a great album for parties, chillin, or whatever - so many sick beats and the lyrics, especially in terms of southern rap, are good too... a lot more real than most southern rappers, but of course there are some more radio-oriented songs which have some more shallow lyrics, but honestly they're still sick, especially for parties.. like I said above.
This is truly one of the best rap CDs of the year... even though it's considered "mainstream" that doesn't make it bad, and just because he's from the south doesn't mean his lyrics are terrible. It's definitely worth a listen - one of the most complete and overall best albums of the year."