The Peoples Champ is the second studio album by American rapperPaul Wall. It was released on September 27, 2005, by Swishahouse, Atlantic Records and Asylum Records. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 176,000 copies its first week. This is the second album overall and his first to topped on the Billboard 200. The album also on available when it re-released as a Chopped and Screwed version; hosted by DJ Michael "5000" Watts, containing a special 2-disc edition availablly with an alternative album cover and a bonus disc.
The Peoples Champ received generally positive reviews from music critics who found him better than fellow Houston rapper Mike Jones. Tom Breihan of Pitchfork Media credited newcomer producer Grid Iron for providing some consistent beats throughout the album and Wall for being an above-average rapper saying, "So Wall is a good rapper, but not a great one. But then, this is 2005, and all a rapper needs to make a good album is enough great, complimentary beats and guest appearances to keep the whole thing interesting all the way through." Andy Kellman of AllMusic also praised Wall as a rapper, saying his flow is something that "always fits into the fabric of the track." K. B. Tindal of HipHopDX praised the album for its party tracks but was looking for some substance throughout it, saying that "After actually listening to the project it was worth the wait but still could have been a little more introspective with more heartfelt tracks. [...] For the most part it is what it is; shit talking made to sound good." Usman Sajjad of The Situation praised the album for its production and catchy party tracks, concluding that, "With new hustles like his grills and various endorsements with Reebok and other companies, Paul Wall gives evidence with his debut 'The People’s Champ', that Houston still flows strongly through his blood, whilst moving one foot into mainstream Hip Hop."