Heart Of A Champion(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: Paul Wall

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Label Asylum Records/wea
SKU 216008771
UPC 093624967132
UPC 14 00093624967132
Format CD
Release Date 7/13/2010
Author Paul Wall
Associated Artist/Work DJ Double R
Associated Artist/Work Lil' KeKe
Associated Artist/Work Storm, DJ
Technical Info
CatalogID 523895
Lable Name Swishahouse
Released 07/13/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 56m : 44s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00093624967132
Musical Guests
Lil' KeKe
Kid Sister
Bun B
C. Stone
Johnny Dang
Andre Nickatina
Mitchy Slick
Jim Jones
Dallas Blocker
Yo Gotti
Devin The Dude
Jay Electronica
Slim Thug
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: 16 Feet Studios, College Park, GA; King Of The Ghetto Ent., Houston, TX; Opra Music, Los Angeles, CA; PatchWerk Recording Studios, Atlanta, GA; Souldiggaz Studios, New York, NY; Soundscape Studios; Street Symphony Studios, Fremont, CA; Street Tunes; SydeDish Studios, Houston, TX; TF Records, Houston, TX; The Attic, Chicago, IL; The Cold Chamber Studios, Houston, TX; The Hogg Pen, Houston, TX; The Purple Room, Houston, TX.
Photographers: Brandon Holley; Mike Frost .
After the Southern party magic of The Peoples Champ had worn off, it had been a slow five-year slide for crunk thug Paul Wall, and when you're that far down the hip-hop hole, hiring Travis Barker, drummer of blink-182, to produce half your album just doesn't seem sensible. Going the return-to-form route often works but Wall uses the throwback method sparingly on The Heart of a Champion, an album piled high with risky decisions that add up to an unexpected success. Riskiest of them all has to be inviting respected wordsmiths Raekwon and Jay Electronica on board, and on the same cut, but the usually serviceable Wall has proven he can turn it on when it counts, and does so with "I'm gettin' paper while you in the shade drinkin' Zima/I'm a schemer, you just waitin' for your check from FEMA" during the massive "Live It." Features play a huge role in the album's success, with Bun B and Kid Sister ensuring "Im'ma Get It" is a win while Devin the Dude and Z-Ro help turn "Smoke Everyday" into a grand stoner anthem. The man's fine on his own, too, with "Take Notes" and "I'm on Patron" both placing in the album's top five plus the two cuts credited to his supergroup Expensive Taste -- Wall, Barker, and Skinhead Rob from Transplants -- avoid the usual rap-rock clich?s. Barker's productions aren't as showy as you might expect, acting as true support with some interesting ideas, and the rest of the tracks are well handled by the returning Dirty South crew Beanz & Kornbread, giving the album a proper mix of new and old. You wouldn't think the man had so many aces up those short sleeves, but one listen to The Heart of a Champion and haters will have to rethink their arguments. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Spin - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Wall cruises along with his usual simile-packed musings....A veteran rapper without bitterness is a treat."
XXL (Magazine) (p.96) - "From the hookless, straight-bars-spitting 'Take Notes' to the passionate ode to sizzurp 'Codeine', the rapper has an endless supply of random similes..."
Disc 1
1 Take Notes
2 Showin' Skillz - (featuring Lil' Keke)
3 I'm On Patron
4 Round Here
5 Im'ma Get It - (featuring Kid Sister/Bun B)
6 Stay Iced Up - (featuring C. Stone/Johnny Dang)
7 Pocket Fulla Presidents - (featuring Andre Nickatina/Mitchy Slick)
8 Ain't a Thang - (featuring Jim Jones)
9 My City - (featuring Dallas Blocker/Yo Gotti)
10 Smoke Everyday - (featuring Devin the Dude)
11 Live It - (featuring Jay Electronica/Raekwon/YelaWolf)
12 Not My Friend - (featuring Slim Thug)
13 Still On
14 Heart of a Hustler
Product Attributes
Artist Wall,Paul
Music Format Compact Disc

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