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Paul Wall:Fast Life

Paul Wall
Fast Life
(Swishahouse/Asylum Records)

Paul Wall doesn’t make gangsta rap, and most probably wouldn’t call his music socially conscious, either. Instead, records like 2005’s “Sittin’ Sidewayz” and 2007’s “Break ’Em Off” earned the Houston rapper props for making feel-good songs best suited for sippin’ lean, ridin’ candy paint and chuckin’ deuces. On the basis of his third offering, Fast Life, it’s clear not much has changed, as Paul takes listeners on a high-speed ride through H-Town that’s filled with sex, drugs and hip-hop.

In true Swisha House fashion, the People’s Champ sounds best on bouncy tunes like the Fat Pat–guested “Got to Get It” and the infectious, Mouse-produced single “Bizzy Body,” featuring Webbie. “I Can Show You How,” though, finds Paul dropping elementary punch lines like, “My paint full of gloss, I floss/Drippin’ wet like a water hose… My steering wheel and side panels got more wood than the yard at Lowe’s.”
The album’s momentum begins to splinter further, as the Mac Dre–inspired “Pop One of These” and the repetitive two-bar loop of the braggadocious “Fly,” featuring Yung Joc and Gorilla Zoe, slow down the pace. Then, without warning, Paul shifts gears with “Girl Is On Fire,” his thinly veiled crossover concoction with Akon. Fortunately, he veers back on course with the album’s highlight, “Mama Raised Me,” where P-Dub channels the spirit of Tupac and opens up like never before: “My daddy was a fool, addicted to brown/So he never was around, but my mama held me down.”

What Paul lacks in substance, he makes up for with fun-loving, trunk-poppin’ anthems. Although his latest lacks the fuel for a full lap ’round the fast life, big homie can always just pump the brakes and drive slow.
—JONATHAN BONANNO

  • Avenger XL

    What is this the garbage ass review series? Paul Walls new effort is typical Texas car music if you like that you won’t be let down. If you want anything worth a LP worth of your time look elsewhere. This dude sounds like he is stuck forever in the whole chopped and screwed love fest from a while back. I realize that is how his city gets down but damn dude what else do you know besides boppers,slabs,candy paint,hood rich money,jewelry and grills. Don’t forget false gangsta bravado.

    • Red_Arremer

      The problem with this album isn’t that it’s more of the same. It’s not enough of the same– not enough Paul Wall– Too many wack insignificant guest stars. Not enough fun bumping nice-ass tracks– Too many punishing, noisy, over-emotional ones. The one-time people’s champ is now nothing but the lazy-ass-manager of the people (in this case his lame peeps who rap way more of the album than him).

  • twoholla

    NOT EVERY RAPPER, EMCEE, OR ENTERTAINER CAN BE MULTIFACETED WITH TOPICAL JOINTS, METAPHORS, DOUBLE ENTENDRES, PUNCH-LINES,DIVERSE PRODUCTION, NARRATIVES, BEING A GOOD ACTOR, DIRECTING BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER MOVIES, HOSTING SPORTS ESPN, SNORKLING WITH SUPER-MODELS,RUNNING FOR A POLITICAL OFFICE, ETC. & ETC…MY POINT IS…IF YOU REALLY PEEP IT OUT…THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, ALOT OF TIMES, ARE REALLY-REALLY BE GOOD AT 1 THING…EVEN FAN FAVORITES LIKE ANDRE 3000 IS STILL A WAYYYY BETTER EMCEE THAN HE IS AT SINGING, PRODUCING BEATS, & ACTING & EVEN THOUGH DJ QUIK CAN REALLY BE A GOOD EMCEE…HIS BREAD & BUTTER IS STILL PRODUCING MUSIC…SO HEY, IN THE CASE OF PAUL WALL…THE DUDE IS TIGHT AT WHAT HE DOES…YEAH I AGREE HE COULD CHANGE IT UP, BUT WHEN IN THE MOOD FOR SUM ‘CANDY PAINT WOOD’ TRUNK MUSIC…HE’S THE GO TO GUY & WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A TEXAN WHO’S MORE TOPICAL & BROADER IN RANGE…YOU LISTEN TO CHAMILLIONAIRE…& SO ON & SO ON

  • chris

    the guy who wrote this review is a just a straight up hater

    learn the culture and music before you review it. This IS texas music.

  • latino heat

    he has a album coming out? and he’s still signed to a major? where’s his promotion?

  • kenny

    ye im gonna judge for myself .. paulwall always comes thru with some nasty beats . i like the production on his albums

  • pjb

    hey the paul wall and akon song is not on the album first off and it’s not all about candy painted cars and grills. i think this album is his best work thus far. his lyrical content is always pretty clever and slightly funny in my opinion. i really think that before you make judgement you should really listen to the album cuz the critic certainly didnt. the whole album was about hustling, grinding, not sitting on the couch complaining but making shit happen.i agree with chris that this guy is just a hater.

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  • Big Daddy Baby

    Man this album is some trill ass s***, numtumbot love it

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    Спасибо, интересно почитать)

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