January 15th, 2014
09:12 PM ET

Rapper Slim Thug defines 'thug': "It's about coming from nothing"

How do you define the term 'thug'?

Last week CNN's Don Lemon reported on the story of a toddler in Omaha who police said demonstrated the so-called "thug cycle".

Following the coverage of the 'thug cycle' video, Lemon posed the question "Is thug a racist term?"

OutFront received an overwhelming amount of response on social media, including a tweet from Rapper Slim Thug, which said, "F-you Don Lemon."

During the segment Lemon showed images of Slim's album covers and after the piece ran here on CNN, he appeared on a radio show where the hosts asked him how he defined the term "thug."

Slim Thug The Madd Hatta Morning Show:

Host: When you think thug, Slim Thug, give me what your defi-… I got the Tupac definition, his is just, you know, a person going through struggles, has gone through struggles and continue to live day-by-day. You know, you know, just trying to make it. When you think of a thug for you, Slim Thug, you think what?

Slim Thug: I think the same thing, man because, like, really, I’m a big ‘pac fan. I probably got thug off of him, you know, growing up listening to him. And that’s where I was, uh, introduced to that. That’s probably where my name came from. So, I feel the same way that he felt, coming from nothing to something.

OutFront: Rapper Slim Thug.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. ronnie hutch

    amazing how these bums have no conscience & can lie in your face when we all know its a lie. thug is 'criminal' & they are glorifying it knowing that. that's why we need to heavily tax violent entertainment and music!

    January 18, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • cookie hudson

      clearly you missed the keywords...this is simply his definition...I am sure to Scarface the meaning was probably different...there are many interpretations of the word THUG...this young mans is a positive a rose out of concrete type thing...

      February 27, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  2. dan

    Its true.. millions of kids in rich homes dont go around selling drugs and robbing stores and killing people because of a song. its the kids with bad parenting along with being popular perpetuating and influencing others to follow through

    January 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Reply

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