Fast Life (Paul Wall album)

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Fast Life
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Studio album by Paul Wall
Released May 12, 2009
Recorded 2008–09
Genre Hip hop, southern hip hop
Length 54:31
Label Swishahouse, Asylum
Producer Beanz N Kornbread, Mouse, Travis Barker, Happy Perez, I.N.F.O. & NOVA
Paul Wall chronology
Get Money, Stay True
(2007)Get Money, Stay True2007
Fast Life
(2009)
Heart of a Champion
(2010)Heart of a Champion2010
Singles from Fast Life
  1. "Bizzy Body"
    Released: December 2, 2008
  2. "Lemon Drop"
    Released: July 13, 2009
  3. "Got to Get It"
    Released: July 23, 2009
  4. "I Need Mo"
    Released: September 24, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (7/10)[2]
The Smoking Section 2.5/5 stars[3]
XXL 3/5 stars[4]

Fast Life is the fourth studio album by American rapper Paul Wall. It was released on May 12, 2009, by Swishahouse and Asylum Records. For this album, unlike Paul's two prior albums which both of those albums were released under Atlantic Records.

Background[edit]

Rapper Paul Wall spoke about the album Fast Life, about taking something stronger than his previous albums, with both his lyrics and its production; as well as cover several more topics:

I really stepped it up a lot lyrically because I wanted this record to show real strength and emotion because y'all know Rap is so deep at times and I took that opportunity to just write lyrics that told my story and showed people that I mean something deep which y'all never really realised but now realise, also on the production side we really stepped it up a lot. We worked with a lot of new producers, a lot of new artists that I didn’t work with in the past, so they’ll get to see a lot of different vibes that they might have not seen with me with past albums. Subject matter we went a little more in-depth, talked about a lot of different things that I never really spoke on—I might have mentioned it here and there but never really made whole songs about. I had a lot of fun working on the album.[5]

"You’re going to hear in-depth topics," he says, adding that he's been recording nonstop for the album for the last two years, a feat that has given him more than 50 songs to choose from. "You'll hear some stuff that you might not be used to hearing."[6]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single "Bizzy Body" featuring Webbie and Mouse, who is the producer by the latter on this track. It was released on December 2, 2008. The music video premiered on March 27, 2009 via MySpace.[7]

The album's second single "Lemon Drop" featuring Baby Bash, was released on the same day as the music video on July 13, 2009.

The album's third single "Got to Get It" premiered on July 23, 2009, along with the accompanying music video.

The album's fourth single "I Need Mo" featuring Kobe, was released on the same day as the music video on September 24, 2009. With Paul Wall himself, he said that it was shot and filmed through his iPhone.[8]

Track list[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I Need Mo" (featuring Kobe) Travis Barker 3:58
2. "Got to Get It" Beanz N Kornbread 4:36
3. "Bizzy Body" (featuring Webbie & Mouse) Mouse On tha Track 4:17
4. "Lemon Drop" (featuring Baby Bash) Gennessee Lewis 2:53
5. "Fly" (featuring Yung Joc & Gorilla Zoe) Amadeus 3:55
6. "I Grind" (featuring Marty James of One Block Radius) Happy Perez 4:10
7. "Daddy Wasn't Home (Mama Raised Me)" Beanz N Kornbread 4:54
8. "Pop One of These" (featuring Too $hort, Skinhead Rob & The Federation) Travis Barker 3:32
9. "One Hundred" (featuring Z-Ro & Yung Redd) X-Fyle 3:17
10. "Pressin' Them Buttons" (featuring Lil Keke & Trae) I.N.F.O. & NOVA 3:48
11. "I'm Clean" (featuring Z-Ro) Beanz N Kornbread 4:59
12. "Sumn' Like a Pimp" (featuring Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko) X-Fyle 5:28
13. "Look at Me Now" (featuring Yung Chill) Yung Chill 4:48
Sample credits
  • "Daddy Wasn't Home" contains a sample of "Mama Raised Me" performed by Master P.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews review
  3. ^ The Smoking Section review
  4. ^ XXL review
  5. ^ Hassan, Aliya. "Paul Wall Interview - Living the Fast Life". Rap Pages Magazine. Archived from the original (Online interview) on July 15, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Paul Wall - Changing Lanes". RollingOut.com. Archived from the original (Online interview) on March 18, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ Warner Bros Records. "Warner Bros Records". Asylumrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Rapper Shoots Music Video with iPhone. Wait, What? | The Rap Up". Therapup.uproxx.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16. [permanent dead link]