I never know what to expect from Paul Wall, although knowing his track record and also being from Texas, I probably should. So when he keeps surprising me time and time again, I wonder if the rest of the world will notice. Taking a glance at Live It, off Wall’s upcoming album Heart of a Champion, you might wonder how a coke rap purveyor like Raekwon could co-exist with the country twang of Yelawolf and the southern five-percent teachings of Jay Electronica, much less have all four artists ride the same laid back and smooth Travis Barker production? It’s something to behold. Barker’s switch from his usual arsenal of heavy drums to saxophones and a jazz backdrop play well into each verse, making me appreciate Paul Wall’s retrospective verse even more. For a man who has been pegged as only a materialistic rapper, he is capable of making music that can make even a working man proud. With Heart of a Champion due July 13, maybe it’s time I stop second guessing Paul all together.
Written by Brando on 07/11/10
First DJ Booth Appearance:
"Break Em Off ft. Lil' KeKe" (2006)
You Might Like...
Member Reviews and Ratings
- Interview With a “White Rapper”: Rittz on Race, Respect & Hip-Hop
- Statik Selektah - What Goes Around
- Wiz Khalifa - Blacc Hollywood
- Top 20 Hip Hop / R&B Songs Chart (August 18, 2014)
- Lupe Fiasco Puts Ratchet Appeal With a Concept “Next To It”
- Kanye West is Right, the Media is the Fucking Worst
- The DJBooth Top Prospects EP (Vol. 1)
- DJBooth City Cypher #1 (ft. Emilio Rojas, Maffew Ragazino, Black Dave, HD & Kirk Knight)
- The Best Hip-Hop & R&B Songs of 2014 (Ongoing)
- Even More Porn Stars in Music Videos (NSFW)
Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.