Slim Thug’s new book offers tips on ‘How to Survive In a Recession’ | Book News

Slim Thug loves money. So much, in fact, that the Houston MC calls himself “cheap” and avoids much of the frivolous spending for which rap stars have become notorious in order to keep as much of it as he can.

“Making it rain? That’s stupid,” he told MTV in an interview last week. “We always got something stupid money-wise that people think is cool. Pop a hundred bottles? For what? How many bottles it take to get drunk?”

Such common sense ideals are the basis of the rapper’s recently-released e-book, “How To Survive In a Recession,” a 47-page manual on, basically, how not to go broke.

The tips Thugga offers in his debut literary work are far from rocket science; they’re easy-to-understand and honest tidbits of information delivered in an everyday (and often humorous) voice.

“I wanna teach my people how to be more financially aware,” he says in the book’s Foreword. “Our culture drives us in the wrong direction. Muthafuckas think blowing money is cool when the shit is dumb. I want us to stop mismanaging and start stacking.”

“Just because you can afford some shit doesn’t mean you need it or you should get it,” the self-proclaimed “Black Suze Orman” says in a section titled “Financial Advice.” In the same section, he advises that you not take care of anyone over the age of 18 — not even your own kids. Why? Because “this shit ain’t gonna do nothing but make them soft. … You have to make them take care of themselves at 18.”

That same advice applies to hangers-on who constantly have their hand out, which, as a big-time rap star, is something to which Thugga can relate.

“Grown-ass people around you, expecting you to take care of them, fuck that,” he writes.

Along with tips on how to keep your own money in your pocket, Thugga also reveals a bit about how his mind works through topics like the steps he would take if he were president (“I would legalize drugs. Sell and tax it.”), tales from his upbringing (“As a kid, there was six of us and we all cheap and we tried to spend the least amount of money.”), and how he uses math every day (“Why would I settle down with one bitch when I can have four? Everything is in the math”), but it’s primarily about real-life fiscal maintenance.

“I don’t have a degree or anything to do this,” he explained to Houston’s CultureMap during a launch event for the book, “but I did come from nothing and made something of it. I want to tell my story and my hope is that someone can learn something from this and maybe get into a better situation.”

A very responsible move from a somewhat unlikely source. “How To Survive In A Recession” is available now via Amazon.