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Paul Wall
Get Money, Stay True

paulwall.jpgThanks to his ties with Swishahouse and a star-making verse on fellow Texan Mike Jones’ “Still Tippin’,” Paul Wall found himself at the forefront of Houston’s rap resurgence in 2005. Despite his lack of melanin, Paul earned props among his peers for crafting diamond grills and hit records. The other great White hope’s debut, The People’s Champ, further cemented his position in the game. However, Wall won’t be taking anyone by surprise with Get Money, Stay True.

For his follow-up disc, Paul keeps his subject matter limited to sippin’ that drank, steering wood grain, and stackin’ paper all day, every day. Such static development is usually a cause for concern, but he does it so well that the stylistic transgression is somewhat forgivable. On the brooding, KLC-produced “I’m Real, What Are You,” Wall rhymes smoother than candy paint (“I’m grindin’ like a rotor, and I’m posted like a sticky note/Stackin’ up the paper pockets fatter than a dookie rope…I’m real as a ’Pac quote/But these clowns be acting funny, like a knock-knock joke.”

The Champ succeeds again when trading flows with guests Freeway (“On the Grind”) and Snoop Dogg (“Everybody Know Me”), but Trina’s hollow bars on “That Fire” make for an ice-cold collabo over numbing bass synths. This opens the door for other questionable matchups. The piano-powered “Tonight,” featuring Jon B., is an overtly tender moment that doesn’t mesh with the rest of the album’s trunk rattlers, and the Travis Barker–produced “Slidin’ on That Oil” is an anticlimactic affair.

Paul’s saving grace, however, is the production prowess of Houston legend Mr. Lee, who handles the bulk of the beats. Whether combining gritty church-styled organs on “I Ain’t Hard to Find” or ingraining a hypnotizing horn loop on “Break Em Off,” the underappreciated beatsmith provides Wall with a proper foundation for his wordplay. Although he sometimes stays a bit too true to his formula, Paul should still manage to get paid in full. —ALVIN BLANCO
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  • tip187

    sick album
    even though it talks bout the same shit walls metaphors n similes r sick the production is dope

  • http://myspace.com/pamento87 Dante

    You can’t use “Paul Wall” and wordplay in the same sentence.

  • BlackDante

    i cant believe this actually got a “L”. This cd is weak. Im sick of this lollipop lyrics. YEs theres some good beats on this album, but he’s talkin bout the same thing on every song. Lets see him talk about something other than grillz, being iced out, candy paint, etc…

  • ali

    i like paul wall but i heard some of tha tracks…tha lines were kinda corny “washed up like a drain”……i mean theyre too simple….i dunno y i dont hate em tho…i usually hate ppl with corny lines but chea he’s still decent

  • DJQ

    how can ya’ll be with dis honky he got to be the lamest rap ever

  • hip hop’s on life support

    yeah he been sayn da same shit 4 bout 3 or 4 yrs now so if u really wanna hear his best shit which i think chamillionaire ghost wrote for listen to GET YA MIND CORRECT- Paul Wall & Chamillionaire
    ~1~

  • kyle

    white people should not rap and paul wall and his new album are a good example of this

  • kingOFyourMAMA

    Fuck Paul Wall, He’s garbage, Koopa iz way better

  • mike7

    paul wall that fire he aint white he clear to me south takin over fuck niggas

  • brandon sayin djq is hatin cuz hes broke

    a djq u just hatin cuz u a lame ass broke nigga mad cuz u aint him

  • http://www.myspace.com/lilroebitch Lil Roe

    lmfao rotf at “You can’t use Paul Wall and metaphor in the same sentence”… damn, and you CAN’T…sorry Paul Wall you garbage yo…I just wanna grill…lol…ay y’all fags posting need to check out the kid Lil Roe at my Myspace, it’s the Punchline King h*

  • mr fly as a pelican

    I’m a fan of get your mind correct and chick magnet. People’s champ was decent. This new one is bullshit. The collabos stated above are garbage. I agree wit ali that his metaphor shit gets corny as fuck “im fresher than a fruit bowl” calm down on that shit. There are like two quality jams. I think this dude’s career is going to start fading.

  • noel_oF_PHILIPPINES

    what it do
    its da ice man paul wall..

    haha..

    yizzur

  • Stax On Deck

    Niggaz don’t know shit about Paul Wall. Get Yo Mind Correct fuck niggaz!

  • DJQ

    fuck u stax on deck

  • J Millz

    Yo Stax On Deck, Stop being a byest P.Wall dickryder and admit this album is less than average. But then again Mike Jones makes Paul Wall look like a classic rapper because dike may honestly be one of the worst out being down there with D4L. Joell Ortiz>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Paul Wall>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Mike Jones.

  • DJQ

    brandon sayin djq is hatin cuz hes broke i’ll one of riches people in GA when i was 16 i got benz i been red monkeys before they were popular nigga u never sat in a phantom u got roachs in your house my daddy bought shares in wal-mart and 200,000 a year i was just comment on rap game because i got money u will evey stupid nigger

  • DJQ

    brandon what’s your address so i can beat yo ass

  • http://www.webcrawler.com what it do

    Bangin album, Banging screw is one of the dopests songs ie ever heard. Paul Wall you need to release it as a single

  • Alex

    word yo bangin screw is a tight ttrack dope beat and lyrics

  • DJ BASH

    FUCK ALL THE HATERS, THE PEOPLES CHAMP IS SICK, THIS ALBUM IS PREETY GOOD AND HE SHOULD RELEASE BANGIN SCREW AS THE NEXT SINGLE

  • drray

    doesnt have alot of diversity but worth buying not much else is good now

    sliding on the oil—-nice song

  • BOSA

    his beats sick he jus need to chang up his content

  • da man

    fuck texas rapppers! they aint shit! all dem motherfuckers talk about is candy paint and ice on they grills1 fuck all that shit! rap bout something else bitch!

  • rick james bitch

    This motherfucker shoulda got a extra extra small for this bullshit ass album! da beats are str8 but his flow aint shit!

  • reci

    dat trina song is cold tho….

  • Clawcheezles

    What ever happened to the days when paul wall and chamillionaire were together? Then, they were very good. Ever since they split up, paul wall has changed his whole flow. Fresher than a fruit bowl? Leanin like a gas gage? higher than an attic? He needs to quit all that. I own his cd and some songs ARE descent, but the rest????……think about what your saying paul.

  • http://xxlmag.com DICKtator

    Paul Wall us the definition of PURE BULLSHIT. word

  • Forrest

    whoever said texas rap sucks, you are a fucking idiot. check out z-ro and trae, from houston, they are better than any of your bullshit. yes, paul wall is a shitty bitch

  • efrain fernandez from fort worth texas

    chammillion changed paul stayed true mike jones is a bitch and stayed a bitch so i give him respect for that. and magno OH BOA his flow is crazy i think new yorks pist off rappers should her him. he is a cool throwed cat spits punchlines,catchphrase,shit like [went to jail on two accounts of agravated trunk poping}

  • http://www.myspace.com/larrybrite larry brite

    paul wall is cool. however, the elementary rhymes are only going to last for so long.

  • BIG TEX

    I’M FROM HOUSTON AND I SUPPORT MY OWN BUT THIS ALBUM IS TRASH. I’M A DJ AS WELL AND THE ONLY SONG THAT WAS SOMEWHAT FRESH WAS THE TONIGHT TRACK WITH JON B. WE GOTTA STEP OUR GAME UP HOUSTON!!

  • to real for the streets

    ya stop hating on my boy paul wall ya niggas just dun listining to his lyrics cuz its different or may be cuz he’s white but shyt ya niggas just dun feel him htown for lyfe haters wait till cham and paul re collobarate