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, Michael 5000 Watts, GridIron Glow-Ree, Sanchez Holmes, Khao, Kojack, Salih Williams, KLC, Mr Lee, Kanye West, Speez, Alan Sampson
Paul Wall chronology
Chick Magnet
(2004)
The Peoples Champ
(2005)
Get Money, Stay True
(2007)

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 album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 176,000 copies its first week.[1] 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 was supported by five singles "Sittin' Sidewayz", "They Don't Know", "Internet Goin Nutz", "Girl", and Kanye West's "Drive Slow" along with GLC, in which the song also featured on West's album Late Registration (2005). American rapper T.I. added his own verse on this track as part of the remix. The remix to "Drive Slow" is included for most parts on T.I.'s album King (2006).

Critical reception[edit]

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

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."[4] 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] 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."[3] 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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Featured Guest(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "I'm a Playa" Three 6 Mafia DJ Paul, Juicy J 4:25
2 "They Don't Know" Mike Jones GridIron Glow-Ree 3:43
3 "Ridin' Dirty" Trey Songz GridIron Glow-Ree 4:27
4 "State to State" Freeway Sanchez Holmes 4:12
5 "So Many Diamonds" T.I. Khao 3:58
6 "Smooth Operator" Kool Kojak 3:15
7 "Sittin' Sidewayz" Big Pokey of S.U.C. Salih Williams 3:52
8 "Internet Going Nutz" KLC 4:43
9 "Trill" B.G. & Bun B GridIron Glow-Ree, Mike Dean, Medicine Man (of TicToc) 4:08
10 "Sippin' tha Barre" Mr Lee 4:39
11 "Drive Slow" Kanye West & GLC Kanye West 4:33
12 "March N Step" Unique & Lil Wayne GridIron Glow-Ree 3:47
13 "Got Plex" Archie Lee & Cootabang Speez 3:45
14 "Girl" Speez 4:38
15 "Big Ballin'" GridIron Glow-Ree 4:01
16 "Sip-N-Get High" Aqualeo Alan Sampson 3:45
17 "Just Paul Wall" GridIron Glow-Ree 4:11
18 "They Don't Know" Bun B GridIron Glow-Ree 3:43

Chopped and Screwed version[edit]

  1. Intro
  2. Sittin' Sidewayz (Featuring Big Pokey)
  3. Big Ballin'
  4. March N' Step (Featuring Unique & Lil Wayne)
  5. State to State (Featuring Freeway)
  6. Trill (Featuring BG and Bun B)
  7. Girl
  8. Just Paul Wall
  9. So Many Diamonds (Featuring T.I.)
  10. Smooth Operator
  11. Got Plex (Featuring Archie Lee and Cootabang)
  12. They Don't Know (Featuring Bun B)
  13. Ridin' Dirty (Featuring Trey Songz)
  14. Internet Going Nutz
  15. I'm A Playa (Featuring Three 6 Mafia)
  16. Sip-N-Get High (Featuring Aqualeo)
  17. Drive Slow (Kanye West featuring Paul Wall and GLC)
  18. Outro

Samples[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1510011/kanye-west-falls-champ-paul-wall.jhtml
  2. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "The Peoples Champ - Paul Wall". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Tindal, K. B. (September 26, 2005). "Paul Wall - The People's Champ". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Breihan, Tom (October 6, 2005). "Paul Wall: The People's Champ". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash' (September 13, 2005). "RapReviews.com Feature for September 13, 2005". RapReviews. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Paul Wall - The People's Champ at the Wayback Machine (archived January 14, 2009)
  7. ^ a b Sajjad, Usman. "Paul Wall - The People's Champ". The Situation. Archived from the original on November 25, 2005. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Paul Wall – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Paul Wall. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  9. ^ "Paul Wall – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Paul Wall. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Paul Wall". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2005". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Year-End Charts: Billboard 200 Albums - 2006". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - 2006". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 8, 2015.