Houston's history is dotted with albums that, fairly or un, 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 Boss of All Bosses (Koch, 2009)
Boss of all Bosses is Slim Thug's official sophomore album. It was a metaphorical return home of sorts, following his spacey, brave debut album, Already Platinum. Boss was all menacing and thumping Southern-style production, a proper framework for what would come to be his most emotive album to date.
His old fans loved it; their only legitmate complaint was that the version of "I Run" on the album did not match the version that everyone fell in love with because it was missing Z-Ro and Chamillionaire's verses. His newer fans did not.
Y'allmustaforgotability: 54 percent
Boss has two songs that everybody knows: "Associates," most notable for the way it swoops into your ears at its onset and its monster Z-Ro hook, and "I Run," most notable for Yelawolf's interpretation of A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran." Add two songs that people who appreciate honest music know - "Bitch, I'm Back" and "Welcome To Houston" - and that adds up to a low, low score here, people.
Best Song Title on the Album: "Bitch, I'm Back":
This was the Slim's airing out song, the one where he addressed head-on the assertion that he had somehow sold out because he didn't have Mr. lee produce all of the tracks. Any time someone calls another person a bitch in a song title, you can absolutely be sure it's getting the nod here.
Best Song on the Album: "Associates":
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This is the one song that has really lived on from this album. That's because it features Z-Ro and J-Dawg, two rappers who, as we all know, are impossible to kill. For certain, how intense was the recording studio that night? Z-Ro and J-Dawg in the same room at the same time? That's like trying to hold two running chainsaws by the blades.
Obscure Fact You Can Pawn Off As Your Own To Make Yourself Sound Smart:
Much has been made of the fact that Pharrell produced so many of the album's tracks, but it wasn't actually supposed to play out like that. The Neptunes were really only supposed to produce a few (somewhere around six), but the album leaked super-early so Pharrell and Slim hit the studio hard to fill in the missing pieces.
Such is life, we suppose.