Having flirted with a lifestyle that could have landed him in jail at an early age, Slim Thug (whose real name is Stayve Thomas) instead focused his attention on developing his skills as a mix tape artist—writing new rhymes for popular Hip-Hop beats.
“I used to go to a little club where high schoolers used to party. I used to go in there and do a freestyle to get the party started.”
Local producer Michael Watts, of Swisha House, heard Slim’s work and invited him to partake in Swisha House ’98, which further exposed Slim’s burgeoning mix tape skills, and gave him a taste of rap.
About a year ago, Slim was prepared to release his first solo album. However, the tapes were stolen and bootlegged, so it was back to the drawing board—but not entirely. Slim worked hard to write new material for Already Platinum, which includes some material from the bootlegged album in addition to a DVD. Having written enough material in the last two years for a double-album, Slim still found some time to do a few shows with The Game and Snoop Dogg, currently on tour. “I’m not going to be able to do the whole thing with them since I’m still busy with the album,” he said.
Now, a tall man (Slim comes in at 6-foot-6) needs a big car with proper style. Slim’s black BMW 760Li fits the bill. Looking almost identical to theV-8-powered 745Li sedan, the rear-wheel-drive 760Li comes with a 6.0-liter V-12 that pounds the pavement with the power of 438 ponies. That, of course, is an understatement since the 760Li is a grown up car with a rare mix of grace and command. “I lost my license in the 760,” Slim said. “You can’t help but go fast in that. We’d have to drive from Houston to Dallas for a show and we’d be so late we would speed to the max. Every time we got pulled over we would switch drivers. I got so many tickets in that car that my license was suspended indefinitely. I’ve been in jail three times for driving with a suspended license. One more and I’d get six months in jail so right now I’m not driving at all.”