"Boss of All Bosses" came in 2009 as the second album from the Houston-raised rapper Slim Thug. This release differs greatly from his debut in that here he isn't backed by a big label, as his "Already Platinum" album was, and so he has the freedom to do music which suits what the H-Town sound is about, and not something commercial to fit around his label-mates at Star Trak.
1. "Boss of All Bosses" (Intro)
2. "I'm Back"
To get into the proper material on the thing you find him using some of his most well-know lines to start it off before having fellow Houstonian Devin The Dude offer his laid-back words to support the Slim Thug in his work as he makes an impact to show that we don't have to dwell on the three-year gap between albums. Mr. Lee is behind this one on production, as most on the album, and he gives it a boost from this early stage.
3. "I Run"
This was the lead single from the album, and so it is the one which most know this album for, and I would have to say that it is a good choice for such a tune to represent what this record has to offer from him as he goes on beats from Jim Jonsin and does one which not only suits his thug persona, but also gives him the chance to get a little mainstream attention with the YelaWolf hook.
4. "Show Me Love"
You find that Slim Thug is joined by Mannie Fresh on this one and Elvis Freshly chooses to go for the funky grooves on this rather than the bassy Bounce Music which he was mostly famous for in the late nineties and early '00s. From here Slim chooses to adapt the classic opening lines of LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out" to his rhymes as he is still getting back into the groove of album music (rather than the mixtape scene which he had been with in the intermediate years) .
I have to say that although I certainly enjoyed listening to this one, I would have to say that it clearly wasn't as of high a standard as the rest of the tracks on here as you find that he raps in a style which was much more like his first album as it is some commercial stuff with a kind of R&B element to it which calms it and takes it away from the more Gangsta Rap material.
6. "Top Drop"
Although the Houston scene is often criticised for the fact that they rarely attempt to bring variety to their rhymes, as their flows always refer to what cars they are riding, this one sees him team up with Paul Wall in order to do a track which focuses right on this. I felt that the lines were predictable as between himself, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and UGK; Houston has used every possible line you can in reference to their cars, the candy paint, the wood-grain wheels, the rims and what this one focuses on, the drop tops.
Using the sample which Eazy-E used in an explicit Christmas track you have him blaze through on what could be the hardest track he has ever done as you hear him doing things on some bassy synth which drives it all and makes and motivates him to go hard and make the most out of Mr. Lee's beats. It is my favourite from the album, and you just can't get any better than this from him.
Slim Thug keeps things as they should be and does a track which basically gives you more of a taste of the Houston lifestyle, and in order to aid him in presenting this to those who are likely not to have experienced it, he recruits Bun B and Pimp C (R.I.P.) as UGK to join him in this and just take the tempo down and kill it as so many have before.
9. "My B***h"
The sample of Case which accompanies the rapper on this one is just what is needed to support him as you hear the soulful R&B giving just the right amount of sentimentality to make him come across as genuine as he raps in just the way which you expect him to for the rest of it as he simply doesn't care for potentially offending her as only someone who would allow him to call her a "b***h" will do.
10. "She Like That"
It's Killa Kyleon who he gets to accompany him on this one as you hear that he chooses to go for a track which has production which goes at the screed pace, but he raps at the normal tempo (despite it being clearly drawn-out and slower than the rest). It makes for a killer tune, and any true Chopped & Screwed fan will enjoy this, despite the fact it doesn't actually feature any of this kind of thing.
You have Z-Ro doing his melodic raps in the hook of the thing, and it sets the things off well as from here you have him go into detail about what is meant by "associates" and how it relate to the fact that the people in his area don't have 'friends' and more associate with others in order to get their own individual hustles up. The beats are heavy in this one and match the close nature of the lyrics.
Here you fid the Now-retired, former Geto Boys member, Scarface joining Slim Thug with J-Dawg too, and it seesm that having this support has really giving the rapper what is needed to push him into another killer tune off the album which you just cannot deny its power with the artists who it brings, and the quality of their rhymes.
13. "Welcome 2 Houston"
The final track on the album shows that on this album he is here primarily to bring back the unity of the Houston scene, and does so by bringing the all-stars of Houston to the track to deliver a verse each. It has him start it of before Chamillionaire drops a hook and from here you get all the best in the city showing what they are about. At first you have the most popular names, but it gets boring once a few of the weaker rappers get on it, but the final verse by Pimp C tops it off well.
As his first album, was so inconsistent, I wasn't sure what I was going to face with this release,, but it seesm that the escape from major label music has given him the chance to straight kill it this time around as he comes with a consistently strong album which puts the true Houston rap back at the high levels it saw around 2005/2006 when himself, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire and others dropped tunes around the same to push their H-Town sound forward.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Boss of All Bosses - Slim Thug
2 I'm Back - Devin the Dude, Slim Thug
3 I Run - Slim Thug, YelaWolf
4 Show Me Love - Mannie Fresh, Slim Thug
5 Smile - Slim Thug
6 Top Drop - Slim Thug, Paul Wall
7 Thug - Slim Thug
8 Leanin - Slim Thug
9 My B**H - Slim Thug
10 She Like That - Killa Kyleon, Slim Thug
11 Associates - J Dawg, Slim Thug,
12 Hard - J-Dawg, , Slim Thug
13 Welcome 2 Houston - Big Pokey, , , , Rob G, , Lil' Keke, Lil O, , Slim Thug, , Paul Wall, ,