The Peoples Champ

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The Peoples Champ
The peoples champ cover.jpg
Studio album by Paul Wall
Released September 27, 2005
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Hip hop, southern hip hop
Length 70:18
Label Swishahouse, Atlantic, Asylum
Producer Paul Wall (also exec.), DJ Paul, Juicy J, DJ Michael "5000" Watts, Grid Iron, Sanchez Holmes, Khao, Kojack, Salih Williams, KLC, Mr. Lee, Kanye West, Speez, A. Sampson
Paul Wall chronology
Chick Magnet
The Peoples Champ
Get Money, Stay True

The Peoples Champ is the second studio album by American rapper Paul Wall. It was released on September 27, 2005, by Swishahouse, Atlantic Records and Asylum Records. The re-released version for the album was the chopped and screwed, hosted by DJ Michael "5000" Watts. This re-released version, it also comes with a special edition that contains two disc; including the alternative album cover and a bonus track. The album debuted atop on the US Billboard 200, selling 176,000 copies in its first week,[1] making it his second album and officially his first to topped it on the Billboard 200.

The album was supported by four singles: "Sittin' Sidewayz", "They Don't Know", "Girl" and "Drive Slow". The track "Drive Slow" was also included on Kanye West's album Late Registration (2005). The song was later remixed, featuring fellow rapper T.I., and it also included for his album King (2006); Although, the remix did not appeared on its official track list.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[5]
RapReviews 8/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
The Situation 3/5[8]

The Peoples Champ received generally positive reviews from music critics who found Wall 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."[5] Andy Kellman of AllMusic also praised Wall as a rapper, saying his flow is something that "always fits into the fabric of the track."[2] Jonah Weiner of Blender lauded Wall's ability to lace crafty wordplay about the typical hip-hop tropes, saying that "This is materialism at its most mesmerizing."[3] 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."[4] 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."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm a Playa" (featuring Three 6 Mafia) Paul Slayton, Paul Beauregard, Jordan Houston DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:25
2. "They Don't Know" (featuring Mike Jones) Slayton, Michael Jones, Calvin "Grid Iron" Earl, Bernard Freeman, Chad Butler, Todd "Grid Iron" Berry Grid Iron 3:43
3. "Ridin' Dirty" (featuring Trey Songz) Slayton, Tremaine Neverson, Earl, Berry Grid Iron 4:27
4. "State to State" (featuring Freeway) Slayton, Leslie Pridgen, Marquinarius "Sanchez" Holmes Sanchez Holmes 4:12
5. "So Many Diamonds" (featuring T.I.) Slayton, Clifford Harris, Jr., Kevin "Khao" Cates Khao 3:58
6. "Smooth Operator"   Slayton, Leroy Hutson, Michael Hawkins Kojack 3:15
7. "Sittin' Sidewayz" (featuring Big Pokey) Slayton, Milton Powell, Salih Williams S. Williams 3:52
8. "Internet Going Nutz"   Slayton, Craig Lawson KLC 4:43
9. "Trill" (featuring B.G. and Bun B) Slayton, Christopher Dorsey, Freeman, Earl, Berry Grid Iron 4:08
10. "Sippin' Tha Barre"   Slayton, Earl, Berry Mr. Lee 4:39
11. "Drive Slow" (featuring Kanye West and GLC) Slayton, Kanye West, Leonard Harris West 4:33
12. "March N Step" (featuring Grit Boys and Lil Wayne) Slayton, Dwayne Carter, Jr., Earl, Berry, Darius "Grit Boys" Coleman, Dominic "Grit Boys" Harris Grid Iron 3:47
13. "Got Plex" (featuring Archie Lee and Cootabang) Slayton, Archie "Lee" Tatmon Speez 3:45
14. "Girl"   Slayton, Eugene Record Speez 4:38
15. "Big Ballin'"   Slayton, Earl, Berry Grid Iron 4:01
16. "Sip-N-Get High" (featuring Aqualeo) Slayton, Aswad Sampson, Acie "Aqualeo" High, Clinton Ray, Eric "Aqualeo" Mitchell A. Sampson 3:45
17. "Just Paul Wall"   Slayton, Earl, Berry Grid Iron 4:11
Total length:
Sample credits
  • "I'm a Playa" contains a sample of "I Got That Drank" performed by Frayser Boy featuring Mike Jones and Paul Wall, and "Still Tippin'" performed by Mike Jones featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall.
  • "They Don't Know" contains a samples of "Pimp tha Pen" performed by DJ Screw featuring Lil' Keke, "Murder" performed by UGK, "3rd Coast" performed by Fat Pat, and "Wood Wheel" performed by UGK.
  • "Smooth Operator" contains a sample of "Never Know What You Can Do (Give It a Try)", written and performed by Leroy Hutson.
  • "Sittin' Sidewayz" contains a sample of "June 27th (Part 2)" performed by DJ Screw featuring Big Moe and Big Pokey of S.U.C.
  • "Internet Going Nutz" contains a sample of "Still Tippin'" performed by Mike Jones featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall.
  • "Sippin' Tha Barre" contains a sample of "Get Crunk" performed by Crooked Lettaz featuring Pimp C.
  • "Girl" contains a sample of "Oh Girl" performed by Chi-Lites, written by Eugene Record.
  • "Just Paul Wall" contains a sample of "Long Ago and Far Away" performed by Earl Klugh.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Weiner, Jonah. "Paul Wall - The People's Champ". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on November 28, 2005. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Tindal, K. B. (September 26, 2005). "Paul Wall - The People's Champ". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (October 6, 2005). "Paul Wall: The People's Champ". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (September 13, 2005). " Feature for September 13, 2005". RapReviews. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Paul Wall - The People's Champ at the Wayback Machine (archived January 14, 2009)
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