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    Paul Wall's album The People's Champ comes out on Tuesday, but at a time when that should be his only focus, it can't be. He's heavily immersed elsewhere, trying to aid the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The rapper has been calling in to radio stations around the country soliciting donations for the cause, performing at benefit shows and rallying his friends in the fashion industry to give clothes to the people who have been left with nothing.

    "I have a foundation in Houston called Hope for Houston," Wall said on Thursday. "We've been petitioning a lot of clothing lines I deal with personally. Like Travis Barker got a clothing line called Famous Stars & Straps, and he donated to my foundation 5,000 pieces of clothes shirts, jeans, whatever. Ecko said they was going to clear out the entire warehouse and Algiers said they was going to send thousands of shirts.

    "It's hard because you're trying to carry on a regular career," he added of his personal relief efforts. "I got an album dropping Tuesday. I can't really concentrate on my album 'cause I'm trying to help these people. In my heart I feel like the album, that'll come, but I need to focus on these people and helping them in their situation."

    Wall says he came into direct contact with some evacuees (see "Life In The Astrodome: One Family's Story") on Wednesday while shooting his video for the song "They Don't Know" in Houston's fifth ward. Just a few days before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Wall was in Miami for the VMAs (see "Green Day Clean Up, Kelly Clarkson Gets Wet, 50 Rips Into Fat Joe At VMAs") promoting his LP, and explained that the video and the song are just a reflection of H-Town under normal circumstances.

    "The next single we are going to push is 'They Don't Know' featuring my boy Mike Jones and UGK legend Bun B," he said. "Basically, the whole agenda of the album is to introduce the lifestyle and culture of Texas to the world. And 'They Don't Know' pretty much sums up the lifestyle and culture into one song. It's letting the world know how we do it in the South, just like they seen on [MTV's] 'My Block: Houston' [special]. It's just the audio version of that."

    Like most ballas from his hometown, Wall is well known for his affinity for cars. He goes from parking-lot pimpin' to "Internet pimpin' " on The People's Champ's "Internet Going Nutz."

    "It's letting them boys know how it goes down in the chat room," he explained of the cut. "I got a song called 'March Like a Soldier' with Lil' Wayne. That's basically letting boys know, if you gonna talk about it, you gotta be about it."

    Three 6 Mafia, Freeway, T.I. and B.G. are among the others who appear on the LP, in addition to Kanye West. Paul can thank a certain men's magazine for the latter collaboration. King magazine tends to bring guys together, usually to discuss the models seen within its pages. Earlier this year, though, the mag started a working relationship as well as a friendship between Kanye West and Paul Wall while smiling for a photo shoot in King's special spread called the "Coming Kings" in the August issue, Wall and Kanye forged a bond.

    "The first time I meet anybody, first thing I tell them is 'you need to get a grill in your mouth,' " Wall said recently in Miami. "I make the grills. I bring the stuff [to make the grill molding] with me everywhere I go. So after the photo shoot and interviews we went outside. I talked [Kanye] into getting a grill. Two weeks later he came to Houston, we hooked up and our relationship and friendship built up."

    It wasn't until a little later in L.A. that the two got together and recorded the track "Drive Slow" with G.O.O.D. Music artist GLC. The song appears on West's Late Registration and will also be featured on Paul's album.

    "He was like, 'I got a song with an open spot. You wanna get on?' " Wall remembered. "I was like 'Yeah.' Regardless if it made the album or not, I was happy to have the opportunity."

    Besides his collabo with Kanye, there's something major in the works with his "boys" the Transplants; and Wall and Slim Thug have been talking about a duets album, as has Wall and singer Trey Songz. Paul also pops on Jim Jones' recent release, Harlem: Diary of a Summer.

    The People's Champ track list, according to Atlantic Records:

    "I'm a Playa" (featuring Three 6 Mafia)
    "They Don't Know" (featuring Bun B)
    "Ridin' Dirty" (featuring Trey Songz)
    "State to State" (featuring Freeway)
    "So Many Diamonds" (featuring T.I.)
    "Smooth Operator"
    "Sittin' Sidewayz" (featuring Big Pokey)
    "Internet Going Nutz"
    "Trill" (featuring B.G. and Bun B)
    "Sippin' Tha Barre"
    "Drive Slow" (Kanye West featuring Paul Wall & GLC)
    "March N' Step" (featuring Grit Boys)
    "Got Plex" (featuring Archie Lee and Cootabang)
    "Big Ballin' "
    "Sip-N-Get High" (featuring Aqualeo)
    "Just Paul Wall"

    For a feature on Paul Wall and the Houston hip-hop scene, check out "Why Houston?"

    Shaheem Reid

    R.I.P. Deshaun Holton Aka. Proof

    October 2nd 1973 - April 11th 2006

  • #2
    that cds horrible imo and i lisened to it on the leak at mtv.com


    • #3
      LOL everyone should put that album aside.
      Favorite Cartoon Characters:

      1) Cartman
      2) Bugs Bunny
      3) The Prophet Muhammed


      • #4
        i think the albums got some dope cuts on it. people is gonna hate for me saying that but what eva. dudes a hustla. he gets his money.


        • #5
          I actually liked the album. Some really nice cuts. He has a smooth delivery and the beats are pretty good.
          The Movement!



          • #6
            People putting their careers aside > The president of the United States not putting his vacation aside
            My other aliases:
            The West is Back
            The Man


            • #7
              Hes getting exposure over this regardless.. but least hes doing something to help.

              Seen him on BET interview.. seems like a good guy.
              "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before." - Poe


              • #8
                his cd surprised me alot. good solid cd
                My President Is Black


                • #9
                  I still don't like him but I really do respect him for this. It really does show that he isn't greedy and shows love to everybody.
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                  as for this thread, I was thinking about buying a 500 Smith and Wesson Magnum. With hollow tip rounds, you can blast a hole through Jesus...
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                  • #10
                    yeah paul wall's cool in my book. He ain't a bad rapper, he just says the same shit in every song. But has a real good delivery and rides the beat good. If he had more material in his music, he'd be a lot better.
                    MY TOP 5
                    1. Masta Ace
                    2. Andre 3000
                    3. Notorious BIG
                    4. Eminem
                    5. Black Thought


                    • #11
                      I've met this dude. He's real down to Earth and it does not surprise me that he wants to help out.


                      • #12
                        wow the mtv article says "puts album aside to help hurricane victims" then it turns into a promotional article for his cd.


                        this world is really fucked up.
                        RIP Proof
                        End Of An Era


                        • #13
                          a austry man i know what you sayin they just promoted his shit but that boy from the streets i bet he talked more about the relief efforts and mtv just really put that article out cause they got paid 2 promote his shit
                          *****z die trying to live out these old rap lyrics
                          I try to give it to them just how it come to me
                          Real and unedited, not like it be on T.V
                          Be myself and dont be what those haters want me to be


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Clear M3
                            his cd surprised me alot. good solid cd

                            good for paul, thats wassup
                            Stayin' for that Trill shit.
                            Somthin' you can feel shit.
                            Anythang else man, I don't even wanna deal wit.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Australien
                              wow the mtv article says "puts album aside to help hurricane victims" then it turns into a promotional article for his cd.


                              this world is really fucked up.
                              Word, I was reading it, then 25% in, it's all advertising...

                              But yeah, I guess I respect him for this aslong as it's not just some publicity stunt.
                              "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -- Aristotle


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