Z-Ro and Slim Thug
Cure for Paranoia, Boome & the Skywalkers
Tue, November 21, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTrees
$25.00 - $125.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1549693/
Platinum,” Slim says.
Born Stayve Thomas, Slim was already running things as a high school student. He drove around in a drop-top Cadillac, inspiring some of his older classmates to call him Boss Hogg -- after The Dukes of Hazard character -- which inspired the name of his record label. Many folks just called him Slim, however, and since he was doing thuggish things and looked and acted like a thug, he extended it to Slim Thug. “I was grilled-out since I was, like, 15 years old,” he explains. “I was walking around with braids, Dickies, white t-shirts, and Chucks all the time, so I looked like a thug.”
An aspiring rapper, his fate forever changed one night in high school when he performed a freestyle at a northside Houston teen club in front of Michael Watts, the influential local DJ and mixtape guru. Impressed by Slim’s verse, Watts invited him to his studio to lay down a track for a mixtape album. “I went over, did the shit, and it’s been poppin’ ever since,” Slim says. With Swishahouse and Boss Hogg Outlawz he moved thousands and thousands of CDs, and began drawing major label attention. But, considering he was already the making big money playing shows around Texas, he had no need for their puny offers. “Every label tried to sign me-- Universal, Atlantic, Warner Bros, everyone. But the money they was offering, I wasn’t with it, ‘cause we were getting that out in the streets.”
Eventually however, one of the independent distribution networks trafficking his CDs went under. And so, when Interscope finally called with a good offer he signed on, and was eventually placed on The Neptunes’ Star Trak label. Pharrell Williams and his crew were the hottest thing working, and though their spaced-out, pop-friendly style strayed from the gritty, slowed, Houston sound Slim built his name on, Already Platinum debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and spawned hits including “Like A Boss.” (That song inspired a wildly-popular
Saturday Night Live parody of the same name last year, featuring Andy Samberg as a not-so-bosslike boss.)
Meanwhile, also in 2005, Watts used a line from a Slim freestyle -- “still tippin’ on fo-fo’s, wrapped in fo’-vogues” – as the hook for the breakout song from Swishahouse artist Mike Jones, called “Still Tippin’.” The track, which also featured Paul Wall, was a massive hit, bringing Houston’s emerging hip hop sound (and its references to lean, candy paint, grills and swangers) to the mainstream. Slim’s star was launched and he appeared on hits like Gwen Stefan’s 2005 song “Luxurious” and Beyonce’s 2006 number one, “Check On It.”
Despite his national success, the major label scene wasn’t for Slim, and a few years later he signed with eOne. “A lot of people thought I was stupid for walking away from Interscope, but I wasn’t going to be on the sidelines, while they pushed back records,” he says. “At the end of the day, I’d rather go with a smaller company and keep the money coming.” His critically-admired 2009 follow-up Boss of All Bosses may not have had a big budget or production from The Neptunes, but it returned to his original sound and was beloved by his core fans, selling some 150,000 units. Last year he also had another great look through a collaboration with Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show called, “Still A Boss,” a parody video about the way the economy is affecting the rap industry. (“I don’t pop bottles in the club/ It costs too much…‘Cause up at Costco it’s half the cash/ I buy a bottle, for what you’re spending on one glass.”)
Tha Thug Show aims to split the difference between the mainstream-accessible sound of Already Platinum and the Texas flavor of Boss of All Bosses. Much of the production comes courtesy of his collaborator Mr. Lee, and the album features Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, Nipsey Hussle and Big Krit. Single “So High,” with B.o.B., comes after the pair nearly worked together on Slim’s 2008 single “I Run,” which, in the end, instead featured Yelawolf. “After Yelawolf did it, it just sounded so right, I didn’t want to change it,” Slim says. “But I’ve definitely been knowing
B.o.B. since before he took off.”
It’s clear that Slim has settled into his role as a young Houston legend, and that returning to his independent roots has been good for him. “I might be local again, but I’m still getting money, so I’m cool on it,” he says with a laugh. “I’ve got better focus, and more power.” Even in these recessionary times, it’s clear, the Slim Thug brand goes a long way.
Like a commune or tribe, four musicians live under one roof in Oak Cliff and all they do is make music. In every way, Cure for Paranoia start their own group instead of joining someone else’s and the results are impressive. Some believe that bands should worry about oversaturation with live shows. But by demonstrating talent and dedication night after night, Cure for Paranoia quickly earned the respect of virtually every promoter, venue owner, and artistic director in North Texas’ music mecca, Deep Ellum—ask any of them.
Cameron McCloud is a hip-hop artist who looks like a ’60s rock star. Rapping with a thousand-yard stare and couture reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, or even Tom Waits, McCloud has a presence that is somehow both unapproachably intense and magnetic. His delivery is hyper and unpredictable. McCloud also has a fan in Erykah Badu. Backstage at The Bomb Factory in October, he approached the Queen of Neo-Soul and freestyled a verse for her in front of a
very large group of people. Naturally, it was caught on video and tens of thousands of people watched it online.
In February, Cure for Paranoia appeared at Badu’s sold-out birthday show at the Bomb Factory in front of a crowd of over 4,000. A month later, they returned to the venue for another sold-out show opening for Ludacris. Cure for Paranoia are a group of people addicted to music, and this is an infectious energy captured in their live shows and recordings. Stanley Francisko’s vocals bring an invaluable spirituality and pop sensibility to the group. JayAnalog and Tomahawk Jonez, also known as The Institute, compose and record all songs and provide live production during performances.
This is a wicked fusion of hip-hop, rock, pop, funk, and R&B built with an organic approach. Songs are figured out in equal parts while they are written, recorded, and performed live. It is not unusual for Cure of Paranoia to write a song in the afternoon, test it out in front of a crowd that night, and get back to work on it the next day.
Almost any night of the week, Cure for Paranoia can be seen performing live in Deep Ellum. They are featured on bills or showing up for weekly residencies at places like Drugstore Cowboy, High & Tight Barbershop, and one of the best places to hear live music from up-and- coming acts in the neighborhood, Three Links. On nights off, it is not unusual for Cure for Paranoia to perform on the street. It’s a surprisingly effective way to make new fans and spread the word about the next
show. They even met Grammy Award-winning producer Jah Born during one of these street performances and started collaborating with him.
“Normal Person” is a showcase of harmony, heavy beats, flawless production, wild mood swings, and musicality. A virtuosic mix of music genres is the perfect backdrop for the battle between McCloud’s steely enunciations as a rapper and the good vibes of Francisko’s vocals. McCloud is raw, Francisko could be a pop star, and they find common ground to make the most of their differences.
Through collaboration, audience interaction, and countless remixes, Cure for Paranoia is perfecting a self-titled album planned for a vinyl record release. In the meantime, you can hear these songs unfolding live. No two performances are the same and, as “Normal Person” demonstrates, Cure for Paranoia meticulously agonizes over songs until they have something special.
Life and the pursuit of happiness, Boome packed up his bags in 2004 after two years in college in Columbus, Ga and headed to Dallas, Tx to record his debut album and launch his music career. His music seems to be light years ahead from the present, with a very futuristic feel and political innuendos that spark the mind! Boome has been busy touring this year opening shows with J Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Big Krit, Bone Thugs Need Harmony, Paul Wall, and now Juicy J! He graced the cover and took the title of Freshest Artist of 2013 from Fresh Magazine!
Boome and The Skywalkers call there next project “Space Jamz 2 and it's set to be his biggest accomplishment. Boome has broken the limits of independent artistry and is now turning it up a notch to let the world hear the screams of the underdog!
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