HEIDI’SCUSTOMS & CLASSICS Fame of Slim Thug goes beyond his custom and classic car collection
Slim Thug has been synonymous with Houston rap culture for two decades now. Whether you know him from his recording career, getting his 1959 Cadillac done at Ekstensive Metal on the show “Texas Metal” on Velocity, showing the late Anthony Bourdain around town, his prominent social media presence or from joining fellow Houston native Beyonce for an MTV Video Award Best Video win, he is always representing for Houston.
His company, Boss Life Construction, even recently partnered with Radio One Houston to help some Houston area families who lost their homes in Hurricane Harvey, where he not only gave away an entire newly built house to a family in need, but even provided the nine runners-up $5,000 each to help aid their recovery.
He’s also known for his custom and classic car collection.
Slim Thug grew up on the northside of Houston, and was into cars for as long as he can remember. He got his first car at 15, a 1960 Cadillac Hearse.
“It gave me hell,” he laughs, and jokes that he, “kept it too long.”
His next car was the one that ended up giving him his most popular nickname (after Slim Thug, of course). His 1973 Cadillac El Dorado, complete with bull horns on the hood, was what originally inspired the “Boss Hogg” moniker that would evolve into album, group and label names, the title of a biographic documentary about him, and his clothing brand, Boss Life.
Legendary tattoo artist Mister Cartoon is the classic-car collector who first inspired Slim’s desire for a car collection of his own.
“I saw his collection and it made me want to take it to the next level,” he said. “I came up with a goal of getting one of every decade — ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s… all the hood classics. The ones I grew up dreamin’ of as a kid.”
He accomplished his goal and his collection now boasts a 1959 Cadillac, a 1964 Lincoln, a 1974 Chevy Caprice, a 1987 Monte Carlo, and a 1996 Chevy Impala.
He recognizes that owning and collecting classic and custom cars is a slow and ever-evolving process.
“It ain’t no overnight thing.”
When he started driving as a teen, he used to do the wrenching himself.
“I used to get down and dirty with them,” he said, but these days he takes them to one of his trusted mechanics and shops.
He said that there are a lot of good shops in Houston, but the ones he trusts with his rides include Rudy’s G Bodyz, 713 Motoring, and Deviate Autosport.
For now, he is focusing on making sure they all look good and run well, and he has been hosting a recurring Sunday afternoon show called “Old School & Soul Food” that features classic cars, bikes, a brunch offering and welcomes all shops and car clubs to participate.
From here on out, he said that his goal is now just about “taking it one year at a time and having fun.”
To keep up with what Slim Thug is up to, check him out on Instagram at www.instagram .com/ slimthug, and to see more of his car collection, visit www. instagram .com/ bossliferides.
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