Heart of a Champion (album)

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Heart of a Champion
Studio album by Paul Wall
Released July 13, 2010
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Hip hop
Length 56:45
Label Warner Bros., Swishahouse, Asylum
Producer Travis Barker, Beanz N Kornbread
Paul Wall chronology
Fast Life
Heart of a Champion
Singles from Heart of a Champion
  1. "Stay Iced Up"
    Released: March 30, 2010

Heart of a Champion is the fifth studio album by American rapper Paul Wall. It was released by Warner Bros., Asylum Records and Swishahouse on July 13, 2010.[1][2]


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.[1] Wall had a session with The Neptunes but they did not make the final cut.


Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 56 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 7,600 copies in its first week.[3] It also debuted at number 7 on the Billboard's Top Rap Albums Chart.[4] In its second week, the album fell to number 124 on the Billboard 200 with total sales of 11,000 copies in the United States.[5] To date, the album has sold 27,000 copies in the United States.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 1.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[10]
XXL 3/5 stars(L)[11]
DJBooth.net 3/5 stars[12]

The album received a 3/5 star rating from XXL.[11] 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."[8] Ben Detrick of Spin commented this is his best album since his platinum-selling 2005 major-label debut.[10] On the other hand, Jesse Cataldo of 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]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Take Notes" Travis Barker 3:11
2. "Showin' Skillz" (featuring Lil' Keke) Travis Barker 4:30
3. "I'm on Patron" Beanz N Kornbread 3:49
4. "Round Here" (featuring Chamillionaire) Beanz N Kornbread 4:05
5. "Im'ma Get It" (featuring Kid Sister & Bun B) Travis Barker 4:15
6. "Stay Iced Up" (featuring C. Stone & Johnny Dang) Da Shit Factory 4:05
7. "Pocket Fulla Presidents" (featuring Andre Nickatina & Mitchy Slick) Beanz N Kornbread 4:04
8. "Ain't a Thang" (featuring Jim Jones) Travis Barker 3:15
9. "My City" (featuring Dallas Blocker & Yo Gotti) Beanz N Kornbread 4:08
10. "Smoke Everyday" (featuring Z-Ro & Devin the Dude) Beanz N Kornbread 6:38
11. "Live It" (featuring Jay Electronica, Raekwon & Yelawolf) Travis Barker 4:04
12. "Not My Friend" (Expensive Taste featuring Slim Thug) Travis Barker 3:16
13. "Still On" Yung Chill 4:01
14. "Heart of a Hustler" (Expensive Taste solo) Travis Barker 3:24
Sample credits

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[3] 56
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[4] 7


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b "Paul Wall Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ hiphopencounter.com
  7. ^ Heart of a Champion at AllMusic
  8. ^ a b Ryon, Sean (21 July 2010). "HipHopDX reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Cataldo, Jesse (11 July 2010). "Slant reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion"". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Detrick, Ben (2 July 2010). "Spin reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion"". Spin.com. Retrieved 23 July 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Cho, Jaeki (2010). XXL Magazine July/August Issue. XXL. p. 96. 
  12. ^ Slavik, Nathan (13 July 2010). "DJBooth.net reviews: Paul Wall's "Heart of a Champion"". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 28 July 2011.