Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or not, have been swept aside. We'll examine them here. Have an album that you think nobody knows about but should? Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Slim Thug Already Platinum (Geffen, 2005)
Already Platinum was Slim's official debut album, but more importantly, it was among the first (if not THE first) Houston album from any of the 2005 World Beaters that had backing from a major label. Houston's famed Mr. Lee had a few production credits, but AP seemed to serve mostly as empirical research, meshing Slim's low-to-the-ground grumble with the The Neptunes' spacey production. It sounded new(ish) and fresh(ish) and was completely unexpected. Critics praised it, his longtime fans hated it. Note: Here's the peculiar thing about Slim Thug: For all of the braggadocio that comes rumbling out of his hulkish frame, he genuinely cares what people think about him. That's the reason that, despite receiving mostly critical acclaim from acclaimers who are mostly critical (Spin, Byron Crawford, Pitchfork, etc.), Thugga will never make another album like Already Platinum. And that's probably too bad. Y'allmustaforgotability: 54 percent
Best Verse on the Album: Bun's verse from "3 Kings." Is that really a surprise?
Second Best Song on the Album: "Like A Boss." This was the best Mr. Lee impression The Neptunes were able to pull off. Slim is completely in his element. Most Unreasonable Line on the Album: From "3 Kings," where Slim Thugs decodes how you feel about him by looking at your face: "If you love me you gon' smile, if you hate me you gon' frown."
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Worst Feature on the Album: Anything Jazze Pha touched. Ack. That guy is the worst. Once we become multibillionaires we are absolutely going to organize an underground kickboxing match between Pha and DJ Khaled, who's also famous for screaming aimlessly on a track until it's just about unbearable. They'll battle it out like Jean Claude Van Damme and Tong Po did in Kickboxer, except the loser will be put to death. And then the winner will be put to death too.
Obscure Fact(s) That You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Sound Smart:
- On the cover of the album Slim Thug is wearing a belt that reads "Slim Thug." No idea why anyone let him do that.
- Most will notice that though the title of this album is Already Platinum, it only sold enough to rate a RIAA Gold certification. Slim and Pharrell both said afterwards that the title was actually a nod to Slim having been a millionaire before he put the album out. It makes sense, but it very well could've been like the time we decided we didn't want to ask a girl out in college because we heard she said she wouldn't go out with us because we looked a little too much like Adam Sandler.
- LeToya Luckett, who Slim dated for a good bit, was featured on "This Is My Life." They broke up, with splashes of it hitting Twitter a time or two. Most recently, Slim was participating in one of those "You Ask A Question, I'll Answer It" sessions on Formspring and someone asked what really happened between the two. His sic'd response: "i cheated and had a baby with another chick it all went down from there."