The Peoples Champ

The Peoples Champ is the second studio album by American rapper Paul Wall. It was released on September 13, 2005, by Swishahouse, Atlantic Records and Asylum Records. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 176,000 copies in its first week.[2] This serves as his first number one in two solo studio releases, after Chick Magnet (2004). The album was supported by four singles: "Sittin' Sidewayz" featuring Big Pokey, "They Don't Know", "Girl" and "Drive Slow" (Kanye West featuring Paul Wall and GLC). Both "Sittin' Sidewayz" and "Girl" are certified gold by the RIAA for selling more than 500,000 copies each in the United States.[3]

The Peoples Champ
A close-up image of a man showing his platinum grilled teeth. Beside him is a shield symbol with eight stars, showing the record label's name, artist's name and album title colored in platinum.
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2005[1]
Recorded2004–05
GenreHip hop, southern hip hop
Length70:18
LabelSwishahouse, Atlantic, Asylum
ProducerPaul 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
(2004)
The Peoples Champ
(2005)
Get Money, Stay True
(2007)
Singles from The Peoples Champ
  1. "Sittin' Sidewayz"
    Released: August 20, 2005
  2. "They Don't Know"
    Released: November 29, 2005
  3. "Girl"
    Released: January 10, 2006
  4. "Drive Slow"
    Released: June 6, 2006

The limited edition of The Peoples Champ features two CDs: disc one contains the original album, while disc two contains the "screwed and chopped" version by DJ Michael "5000" Watts. The Watts mix was released as a stand-alone CD the following week.[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [5]
Blender     [6]
HipHopDX     [7]
Okayplayer     [8]
Pitchfork7.9/10[9]
RapReviews8/10[10]
Rolling Stone     [11]
The Situation3/5[12]

The Peoples Champ received generally positive reviews from music critics who found Wall better than fellow Houston rapper Mike Jones. Pitchfork writer Tom Breihan 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, complementary beats and guest appearances to keep the whole thing interesting all the way through."[9] AllMusic's Andy Kellman also praised Wall as a rapper, saying his flow is something that "always fits into the fabric of the track."[5] 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."[6] 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."[7] 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."[12]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I'm a Playa" (featuring Three 6 Mafia)4:25
2."They Don't Know" (featuring Mike Jones)
Grid Iron3:43
3."Ridin' Dirty" (featuring Trey Songz)
Grid Iron4:27
4."State to State" (featuring Freeway)
Sanchez Holmes4:12
5."So Many Diamonds" (featuring T.I.)
Khao3:58
6."Smooth Operator"
Kojack3:15
7."Sittin' Sidewayz" (featuring Big Pokey)
S. Williams3:52
8."Internet Going Nutz"KLC4:43
9."Trill" (featuring B.G. and Bun B)
Grid Iron4:08
10."Sippin' Tha Barre"
  • Slayton
  • Earl
  • Berry
Mr. Lee4:39
11."Drive Slow" (Kanye West featuring Paul Wall and GLC)West4:33
12."March N Step" (featuring Grit Boys and Lil Wayne)
Grid Iron3:47
13."Got Plex" (featuring Archie Lee and Cootabang)
  • Slayton
  • Archie Tatmon
  • Speez
  • Continuous
3:45
14."Girl"
  • Speez
  • Continuous
4:38
15."Big Ballin'"
  • Slayton
  • Earl
  • Berry
Grid Iron4:01
16."Sip-N-Get High" (featuring Aqualeo)
A. Sampson3:45
17."Just Paul Wall"
  • Slayton
  • Earl
  • Berry
Grid Iron4:11
Total length:70:18
iTunes bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."They Don't Know" (featuring Bun B)
  • Slayton
  • Earl
  • Berry
  • Freeman
Grid Iron3:43
Screwed & Chopped by DJ Michael "5000" Watts
No.TitleLength
1."Intro" 
2."Sittin' Sidewayz" (featuring Big Pokey) 
3."Big Ballin'" 
4."March N Step" (featuring Grit Boys and Lil Wayne) 
5."State to State" (featuring Freeway) 
6."Trill" (featuring B.G. 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" 
Sample credits
  • "I'm a Playa" contains samples 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 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 certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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