Fresh off a month-long tour with former partner-in-rhyme, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall is all set to drop his fourth major label album, Heart of a Champion, in late June via SwishaHouse/Asylum Records.
This time around, the Houston rapper enlisted long-time friend and Expensive Taste bandmate Travis Barker to producer almost half of the tracks from the album. It will also feature several songs from Expensive Taste, the group which includes Skinhead Rob (Transplants) in addition to Paul and Travis.
Houston-based production duo, Beanz N Kornbread, are credited with the majority of the tracks not produced by Travis, including lead single “I’m on Patron”, a lyrical documentary of a feeling that most of us have experienced — and greatly regretted the next day — that of simply having too much fun of the liquid variety.
” ‘I’m On Patron’ is the perfect accompaniment to that ‘blame it on the alcohol’ kind of night and sure to be a party staple,” his label says of the track.
In addition to the aforementioned production credits, featured guests on Heart of a Champion include a diverse list of cast members such as Jim Jones, Yelawolf and Raekwon, as well as Houston peers like Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug, Devin the Dude and Lil Keke. Even Johnny Dang aka TV Johnny, with whom Paul Wall shares a grills and jewelry business, makes a guest appearance.
lways an advocate for the Texas music scene, Paul Wall was recently tapped as President of The Recording Academy’s Texas Chapter. In this role, he hopes to educate and enlist the help of Texas musicians from every genre, to ensure that the state is well represented in the Grammy’s voting body. The natural politician in Paul Wall makes him the perfect candidate for this role. He embodies his moniker, “The Peoples Champ.”
With two no. 1 album debuts, a Platinum plaque and a Grammy nomination under his belt, Paul Wall is the storybook success story. His journey began humbly enough as a promoter for hometown indie label SwishaHouse, and culminated with him being largely instrumental in the growth of the Houston rap movement and its rise into the national arena.
There have been a total of seven albums since then and the journey continues with no sign of slowing down. With 10 years in, Paul Wall proves why he has the Heart of a Champion.
The new album is due in stores June 29th.