is the fifth Heart of a Champion studio album by American rapper Paul Wall. It was released by Warner Bros., Asylum Records and Swishahouse on July 13, 2010. [1 ] [2 ]
Background [ edit ]
Guests and production [ edit ]
The album featured production mainly from Houston duo Beanz N Kornbread and
Travis Barker, who is part of the group Expensive Taste together with Paul Wall. Guests featuring on the album included rappers Yelawolf, Lil Keke, Jim Jones, Raekwon, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Slim Thug and Devin the Dude. Wall's jewelry business partner Johnny Dang also appeared on the song Heart of a Champion. Wall had a session with [1 ] The Neptunes but they did not make the final cut.
Reception [ edit ]
Commercial performance [ edit ]
The album debuted at number 56 on the
with sales of 7,600 copies in its first week. Billboard 200 It also debuted at number seven on the [3 ] Top Rap Albums Billboard chart. In its second week the album fell to number 124 on the Billboard 200 with total sales of 11,000 copies. [4 ] To date, the album has sold over 27,000 copies in the US. [5 ] [6 ]
Critical reception [ edit ]
Heart of a Champion received generally mixed reviews. The album received a 3/5 star rating from XXL. Sean Ryon, editor of HipHopDX gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and said "As flawed as it is, Heart of a Champion is still an album worthy of merit. Paul exhibits a lyrical vigor unheard since his 2005 major label debut. While the album may not be a complete victory, he proves without a doubt that he's still the People's Champ." [11 ] Ben Detrick of [8 ] commented this is his best album since his Spin platinum-selling 2005 major-label debut. On the other hand, Jesse Cataldo of [10 ] Slant Magazine gave Heart of a Champion a 1.5 out of 5, claiming the album "feels like a misguided departure and a lazy retread." [9 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
Travis Barker 3:11
(featuring Lil' Keke) Travis Barker
I'm on Patron" Beanz N Kornbread
(featuring Chamillionaire) Beanz N Kornbread
"Im'ma Get It"
(featuring Kid Sister & Bun B) Travis Barker
"Stay Iced Up"
(featuring C. Stone & Johnny Dang) Da Shit Factory
"Pocket Fulla Presidents"
(featuring Andre Nickatina & Mitchy Slick) Beanz N Kornbread
"Ain't a Thang"
(featuring Jim Jones) Travis Barker
(featuring Dallas Blocker & Yo Gotti) Beanz N Kornbread
(featuring Z-Ro & Devin the Dude) Beanz N Kornbread
(featuring Jay Electronica, Raekwon & Yelawolf) Travis Barker
"Not My Friend"
( Expensive Taste featuring Slim Thug) Travis Barker
"Heart of a Hustler"
(Expensive Taste solo) Travis Barker
"Keep On Pushin"
(featuring Unique) Beanz N Kornbread
(featuring Tum Tum & Big Tuck) Beanz N Kornbread
Chart positions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Paine, Jake (2010-04-20). "Travis Barker To Produce Half Of Paul Wall's "Heart Of A Champion" | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX . Retrieved . 2012-02-20
^ Hanna, Mitchell (2010-06-08). "Tuesday Rap Release Dates: Fat Joe, Jeezy, Rah Digga | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX . Retrieved . 2012-02-20
^ a b Jacobs, Allen (2010-07-22). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/18/2010 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX". Beta.hiphopdx.com . Retrieved . 2012-02-20
^ a b "Paul Wall Music News & Info". Billboard.com . Retrieved . 2012-02-20
^ Paine, Jake (2010-07-28). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/25/2010 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX . Retrieved . 2012-02-20
^ Heart of a Champion (album) at AllMusic
^ a b Ryon, Sean (21 July 2010). "HipHopDX reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion". HipHopDX.com . Retrieved . 23 July 2010
^ a b Cataldo, Jesse (11 July 2010). "Slant reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion. Slantmagazine.com "" . Retrieved . 23 July 2010
^ a b Detrick, Ben (2 July 2010). "Spin reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion. Spin.com "" . Retrieved . 23 July 2010
^ a b Cho, Jaeki (2010). XXL Magazine July/August Issue. XXL. p. 96.
^ Slavik, Nathan (13 July 2010). "DJBooth.net reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion. DJBooth.net "" . Retrieved . 28 July 2011