Boss of All Bosses

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Boss of All Bosses
Slim Thug - Boss Of All Bosses.jpg
Studio album by Slim Thug
Released March 24, 2009
Recorded 2007–09
Genre Hip hop
Length 57:03
Label
Producer
Slim Thug chronology
Already Platinum
(2005)
Boss of All Bosses
(2009)
Tha Thug Show
(2010)
Singles from Boss of All Bosses
  1. "I Run"
    Released: November 11, 2008
  2. "Thug"
    Released: November 17, 2009

Boss of All Bosses is the second studio album by American rapper Slim Thug. It was released on March 24, 2009, by his Boss Hogg Outlawz label, distributed by E1 Music. The album features guest appearances from Devin the Dude, Mannie Fresh, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, Scarface and UGK, while the production on the album was primarily handled by Mr. Lee, along with several producers; including Mr. Rogers and Bigg Tyme, among others.

Upon its release, the album was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics and publications. The album debuted at number 15 on the US Billboard 200, selling 32,000 copies in its first week.[1]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "I Run" was officially released on November 11, 2008. The song features guest vocals from a American hip hop recording artist Yelawolf, while it was produced by Jim Jonsin. This song contains a sample of the chorus, based on the song "I Ran (So Far Away)" performed by A Flock of Seagulls, with these different lyrics ("I run the streets all night and day").

The album's second single, "Thug" was released on November 17, 2009. The song was produced by Mr. Lee.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Artistdirect 3/5 stars[3]
DJBooth 3/5 stars[4]
Houston Press (favorable)[5]
RapReviews (8.5/10)[6]

Boss of All Bosses received a generally positive reception from music critics who saw it as an improvement over his major label debut Already Platinum. David Jeffries of AllMusic praised the album for being a return to Slim's early mixtape years, concluding that "this raw album is a welcome throwback that no longtime fan should be without."[2] Pedro Hernandez of RapReviews praised the production for being a return to the Southern sound and Slim for expressing his voice through different topics throughout the whole album, saying that it "sounds like the triumphant introduction to Thug's unique brand of Texas rap rather than Thug trying to conform to the current trends."[6] DJBooth gave a mixed review of the album, saying that some of the songs' lyrical material and production was given some flair but others felt by-the-numbers despite Slim's performance, concluding that, "All things considered, Slim Thug can still maintain his administrative position in the game despite this sophomore slump."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Boss of All Bosses"   Terry "T.A." Allen 3:16
2. "I'm Back" (featuring Devin the Dude) Mr. Lee 3:40
3. "I Run" (featuring Yelawolf) Jim Jonsin 3:55
4. "Show Me Love" (featuring Mannie Fresh) Mannie Fresh 3:53
5. "Smile"   Jim Jonsin 3:12
6. "Top Drop" (featuring Paul Wall) Mr. Rogers 4:13
7. "Thug"   Mr. Lee 3:50
8. "Leanin'" (featuring UGK) Mr. Lee 4:46
9. "My Bitch"   Mr. Lee 4:00
10. "She Like That" (featuring Killa Kyleon) Mr. Lee 4:41
11. "Associates" (featuring Z-Ro and J-Dawg)
  • Bigg Tyme
  • J-Dawg
4:33
12. "Hard" (featuring Scarface and J-Dawg) Mr. Lee 4:07
13. "Welcome 2 Houston" (featuring Chamillionaire, Mike Jones, UGK, Paul Wall, Yung Redd, Lil' Keke, Z-Ro, Mike D, Big Pokey, Rob G, Trae and Lil' O) Mr. Lee 8:57
Notes
  • "Smile" features a additional vocals by J. Lacy.
Sample credits
  • "I Run" contains a sample of "I Ran (So Far Away)" performed by A Flock of Seagulls.
  • "Top Drop" contains a sample of "Love Is What You Make It" performed by Masterpiece.
  • "Thug" contains a sample of "Eazy-Duz-It" performed by Eazy-E.
  • "My Bitch" contains a sample of "Faded Pictures" performed by Case featuring Joe.
  • "Hard" contains a sample of "Hard Knocks" performed by Marc Broussard.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Record 12 Albums Debut In The Top 20 Of The Billboard 200". Billboard.biz. April 1, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "The Boss of All Bosses - Slim Thug". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ogle, Ryan (April 14, 2009). "Album Reviews: The Boss of All Bosses by Slim Thug". Artistdirect. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Slim Thug - Boss of all Bosses". DJBooth. March 26, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ Serrano, Shea (April 1, 2009). "Slim Thug Breaks a Four-Year Dry Spell on Sophomore LP Boss of All Bosses". Houston Press. Voice Media Group. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Hernandez, Pedro (March 31, 2009). "Feature for March 31, 2009 - Slim Thug's "Boss of All Bosses"". RapReviews. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Slim Thug – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Slim Thug. Retrieved December 20, 2014.