An imposing figure with a voice to match, Slim Thug
had been dropping in for guest verses -- on mixtapes and other artists' albums -- for several years before making his full-length debut through the Neptunes
' Star Trak label. Based out of the northern part of Houston, the MC fell in with Swishahouse's Michael Watts
and established a following in short time, which had a lot to do with his business instincts -- mixtapes released on his own Boss Hogg Outlawz label circulated throughout the region. (He also acquired a couple record stores and became involved with real estate.) Already Platinum
, distributed by Geffen, sustained several release-date delays before its July 2005 street date, and featured production work from the Neptunes
and Jazze Pha
. The Boss of All Bosses followed in 2009, with Tha Thug Show arriving one year later.