Slim Thug didn’t name his upcoming album Boss of All Bosses for nothing. The H-Town rapper with the booming baritone plans to release his next solo project independently. “If I’m supposed to be the mutha—-ing boss, then I should be putting my [own] sh– out,” he explained.
So he met with Star Trak/ Geffen/ Interscope execs recently and, according to him, by later this week, he should officially be off the label and free to put out his next album on his own.
“I sat down with the general manager,” he said. “Really, I just sat down and told them, ‘Y’all over here don’t understand the type of music I do, and y’all hold me back while y’all trying to get your situation together. I ain’t really got that time to sit on the sideline while you do this. Let me pay y’all. Y’all gave me all this money. Listen, I’ll give y’all some money off the new album.’ I just can’t sit on the sideline while they do their sh–. He sat down with [Interscope Chairman] Jimmy [Iovine], and we all came up with something we could all agree with. It ain’t no hard feelings.”
Slim said that since he signed on the dotted line at the ‘Scope, there has been too much turnover at the company. Publicists, A&Rs and other employees have gotten pink slips, leaving him to figure out who is who among the new folks.
Now, with his newfound freedom, he said to expect his album to be out by late summer. But first up will be the boys in blue: Tha Boss Hogg Outlawz are set to release their second project through Koch Records. Then it will be the boss’ turn.
“The album is done,” he said. “The paperwork is done. Then singles should follow.”
Slim first expressed his discontent about being on a major label to Mixtape Monday in late 2006. He definitely wasn’t feeling that his debut, Already Platinum, was only certified gold — especially because he was consistently able to sell hundreds of thousands of records by himself throughout the South prior to signing with Star Trak/ Interscope in 2004.
“I thought it should have went way farther,” he said then. “I was an independent artist that did all the work myself. Once I signed a major deal, I kind of felt like, ‘I’m signed to a major label, oh, they gonna do all the work now.’ ”
Regarding his Boss of All Bosses, he said, “It’s gonna be different. You gonna hear a lot more Houston records. The feedback I got from my fans [about the] last album was that they wanted to hear a lot more Houston records. So I worked with people out of Houston, a bunch of producers I came up with. I did, like, 30 songs with these cats, so I really got the album done. I’m gonna get, like, two from Pharrell [Williams] and maybe work with a few other big producers, but keep it Houston.”