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Paul Michael Slayton (born March 11, 1981), better known by his stage name Paul Wall, is an American rapper from Houston, Texas. He is affiliated with Swishahouse Records. He has released several albums under the label and collaborating with other rappers signed to the label. He was musical partners with rapper Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
with whom he released several albums including the independently released Get Ya Mind Correct. In 2005, he was signed to Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records
and became successful with his major-label debut The Peoples Champ. Get Money, Stay True followed in 2007.[2]

Contents

1 Career 2 Acting career 3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 Filmography

5.1 Video games

6 Awards and nominations 7 References 8 External links

Career[edit] Wall attended Jersey Village High School
Jersey Village High School
and studied mass communications at the University of Houston
Houston
for three years.[3][4] After proposing to do promotions for Michael "5000" Watts' company, Swishahouse, Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
and Paul Wall
Paul Wall
came to Watts' studio, KBXX.[5] Paul and Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
convinced Watts to let them rap on his radio show and put the verses on one of his mixtapes. That mixtape was titled Choppin Em Up Part 2, which was released in mid-1999. The freestyle became so popular in the streets that Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
and Paul Wall
Paul Wall
became regular staples on Houston's mixtape circuit, appeared on several of Watts' mixtapes and became permanent members of Swishahouse. After fellow member Slim Thug
Slim Thug
left the label, Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
and Paul Wall followed suit and the two started their own group known as The Color Changin' Click (named after Chamillionaire's chameleon persona). Each successive mixtape released by The Color Changin' Click led to more business opportunities; the most notable of which was a contract to do a full album for Paid in Full Records. A one-album contract was then negotiated between the Color Changin' Click and Paid in Full's label head, DJ Madd Hatta from 97.9 The Box, and the CCC's first album, Get Ya Mind Correct, would go on to sell over 200,000 copies. Wall's first music exposure came as a street team member on the Northwest side of Houston, promoting southern labels like Def Jam Records, Cash Money and No Limit Records. He is also an accomplished and proficient mixtape and party DJ, known for producing mixtapes in the now well-known screwed & chopped style, which was invented by DJ Screw.[6] Paul Wall
Paul Wall
and Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
were originally affiliated with Swishahouse Records, but left for Paid in Full Records a short time later. After several mixtape and independent releases including Get Ya Mind Correct, the two parted ways, citing creative differences. Chamillionaire
Chamillionaire
continued to release independent records, while Paul Wall returned to the Swishahouse fold. This move allowed him to appear on Mike Jones' first commercially distributed single, "Still Tippin'", from his first major label album Who Is Mike Jones?. The single is originally on Swishahouse's The Day Hell Broke Loose Part 2 aka Major Without A Major Deal, released in 2003, the album went on to sell over 500,000 copies two months after being released.

Paul Wall
Paul Wall
shows off his grills with a smiling fan in Baghdad, 2007.

In 2005, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
released his first album, The Peoples Champ, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The first single "Sittin' Sidewayz" featuring Big Pokey. The second single, "They Don't Know", featured Bun B
Bun B
of UGK, and the video version also featured Mike Jones. The third single is "Girl", receiving radio airplay and peaking at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100.[7] In 2007, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
released his second album Get Money, Stay True, which debuted in the #1 spot on the Billboard Chart Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Paul Wall
Paul Wall
released the singles "Break 'Em Off" featuring Lil Keke and "I'm Throwed" featuring and produced by Jermaine Dupri. Paul Wall
Paul Wall
was a member of the rap group Expensive Taste, with his good friends Travis Barker
Travis Barker
and Skinhead Rob
Skinhead Rob
(Transplants).[8] In 2007, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
appeared alongside other celebrities and regular people in the music video for "Rockstar" by Nickelback. He also appears on reggae artist Collie Buddz
Collie Buddz
self-titled debut album.[9]

Paul Wall
Paul Wall
performing in Baghdad, 2007.

In the spring of 2008, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
joined Strange Music recording artist Tech N9ne
Tech N9ne
on a nationwide tour, which also featured Brooklyn
Brooklyn
rapper Ill Bill. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
spoke out in favor of candidate Barack Obama. He was quoted in The Source magazine as saying "Barack seems to come off as a true leader for everyone, whereas most people campaigning, including Hillary Clinton, seem to be just politicians. Barack seems to be genuine and sincere about his beliefs. He is selfless, while they are selfish. I'm gonna 'Barack the vote' this year and I've never voted before."[10] Paul Wall
Paul Wall
appears as fictional rapper Grillionaire in the movie I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, released on September 25, 2009. He, along with screenwriters Nils Parker and Tucker Max, co-wrote tracks for the movie. In 2010, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
featured on the album Przyjaźń, Duma, Godność, (English: Friendship, Pride, Dignity) by Polish rap artist Kaczor. In October 2011, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
collaborated with Silicon Valley-based social and mobile game company Jump Shot Media to create the world's first mobile battle rap game, Battle Rap Stars. Paul is featured as the "main event" and is the rapper to beat in order to win the game.[11] On March 7, 2012 Paul Wall
Paul Wall
released a mixtape entitled[12] "No Sleep Til Houston". Paul Wall
Paul Wall
released a collaboration mixtape with Slim Thug
Slim Thug
for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game
2013 NBA All-Star Game
in Houston.[13] On December 10, 2013, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
released his seventh studio album, an 11-track offering, titled CheckSeason, which featured contributions from Stunna Bam, Killa Kyleon, Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Kid Ink
Kid Ink
and Young Dolph. The record was released independently via his Paul Wall
Paul Wall
Music imprint.[14] Paul Wall
Paul Wall
followed up "Check Season" on December 2, 2014 with the release of his eighth studio album, titled The Po-Up Poet which was producedJune "The Jenius" James. According to a Vibe Magazine article in November 2014, "The almost circus-like production reestablishes the idea that as long as Wall's been in the game, he's been a beloved Texas
Texas
rap legend".[15][16] On September 25, 2015, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
followed up "The Po-Up Poet" with his ninth studio album, titled "SlabGod" which contains the single "Swangin' In The Rain". On March 11, 2016, Wall released a remix of "Swangin' In The Rain" which features Slim Thug, Lil' Keke, J-Dawg, Z-Ro, and Chamillionaire. On October 21, 2016, he followed up "SlabGod" with his tenth album, titled " Houston
Houston
Oiler". Acting career[edit] During his break from rapping, Paul Wall
Paul Wall
appeared in Furnace with Ja Rule. He also appeared in the 2009 movie I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell along with Jesse Bradford
Jesse Bradford
and Matt Czuchry. He was also in the 2010 Science Fiction movie Xtinction: Predator X.[17] In 2014 he starred in Isaac Yowman's independently released theatrical film "The Holy Spoof" which sold out in all of its theater showings before its digital stream release online.[18] Personal life[edit] Paul Wall
Paul Wall
is married and has two children.[19][20] In 2010, he went on an extreme diet and had gastric sleeve surgery,[21] resulting in an over 100 lb. weight loss.[22] Discography[edit] Main article: Paul Wall
Paul Wall
discography

Studio albums

Chick Magnet (2004)[23] The Peoples Champ
The Peoples Champ
(2005) Get Money, Stay True
Get Money, Stay True
(2007) Fast Life (2009) Heart of a Champion (2010) # Checkseason
Checkseason
(2013) The Po-Up Poet (2014)[24] Slab God (2015)[25] Houston
Houston
Oiler (2016)[26] Bounce Backs over Setbacks (2018)[27]

Collaboration albums

Get Ya Mind Correct
Get Ya Mind Correct
(with Chamillionaire) (2002) Controversy Sells
Controversy Sells
(with Chamillionaire) (2005) The Legalizers: Legalize or Die, Vol. 1 (with Baby Bash) (2016)[28] Diamond Boyz (with C Stone) (2017)[29]

Filmography[edit]

Film

Year Title Role

2006 Furnace Joey Robbins

2009 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Grillionaire

2010 Alligator X Froggy

2011 Cash or Crash

Video games[edit]

2005: Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition for Xbox and PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2
- "Sittin' Sideways"' 2005: SSX On Tour
SSX On Tour
for Xbox and PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2
- "Sittin' Sideways" 2005: Madden NFL 06 for Xbox 360
Xbox 360
- "They Don't Know" featuring Mike Jones 2007: Def Jam Icon
Def Jam Icon
for Xbox 360
Xbox 360
and PlayStation 3
PlayStation 3
- '"Sittin' Sideways" and "Trill" 2011: Battle Rap Stars
Battle Rap Stars
for iPhone and Android

Awards and nominations[edit] Ozone Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2006 Paul Wall Taste Maker (style and trendsetter) Won

"I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)" (Remix) Best Rap/R&B Collaboration Won

"Holla at Me" Best Rap Collaboration Won

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result

2007 "Grillz" Best Rap Performance as a Duo or Group Nominated

References[edit]

^ a b " Texas
Texas
Birth Index, 1903-1997". "FamilySearch".  ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
Biography". Atlantic Records. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-03-11.  ^ Dansby, Andrew (May 8, 2009). " Rapper
Rapper
Paul Wall
Paul Wall
is all smiles". Houston
Houston
Chronicle. Retrieved December 13, 2010.  ^ "Paul Wall...the people's champ". AskMen.com. Retrieved December 13, 2010.  ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
World – Interview". Paulwallworld.com. Retrieved 2014-02-11.  ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
New Music Release Rapindustry.Com Promotion". Rapindustry.com. Retrieved 2014-02-11.  ^ "The Peoples Chump" Charts & Awards – Singles. Allmusic: 2006 ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2007-02-16). " Travis Barker
Travis Barker
Gets Down With Paul Wall, Juelz Santana While Arm Heals". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-03-11.  ^ Watson, Margeaux (2007-07-06). "Collie Budz". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-03-11.  ^ The Source magazine, August 2008 issue ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
Featured in Mobile Battle Rap Game". allhiphop.com. October 31, 2011.  ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
- No Sleep Til Houston
Houston
Hosted by DJ Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-31.  ^ Title Artist. " Slim Thug
Slim Thug
"Welcome 2 Texas
Texas
Vol. 3"". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10.  ^ "Stream Paul Wall's "#CheckSeason" LP In Its Entirety". Hotnewhiphop.com. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-02-11.  ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
Kindly Asks For 'No Favors'". Vibe.  ^ Rose Lilah (2 December 2014). " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
Releases Stream For New Album "The Po-Up Poet"". HotNewHipHop.  ^ Xtinction (2010), IMDB.com ^ "Hot Trailer: Paul Wall
Paul Wall
in The Holy Spoof". BET.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08.  ^ Black Celebrity Kids, babies, and their Parents » RAPPER PAUL WALL TALKS ABOUT BEING A DADDY. Blackcelebkids.Com (2006-04-18). Retrieved on 2011-01-05. ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
Gives Happy Home Tips! Top 7 Family Keepers!". UrbLife.com. 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2014-02-11.  ^ "Paul Wall's Dramatic Weight Loss! Life Changing Surgery; How He Did It!". UrbLife.com. July 13, 2010.  ^ " Paul Wall
Paul Wall
and Wife Crystal Go Gangsta! Hot Pics!". UrbLife.com. February 13, 2011.  ^ "iTunes - Music - Chick Magnet by Paul Wall". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-10-30.  ^ "iTunes - Music - Po Up Poet by Paul Wall". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-10-30.  ^ "iTunes - Music - slab god by Paul Wall". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-10-30.  ^ "iTunes - Music - Houstan Oiler by Paul Wall". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-10-30.  ^ "iTunes - Music - Bounce Backs over Setbacks by Paul Wall". iTunes. Retrieved 2018-01-19.  ^ "iTunes - Music - The Legalizers: Legalize or Die, Vol. 1 by Paul Wall & Baby Bash". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-10-30.  ^ "Diamond Boyz by Paul Wall
Paul Wall
& C Stone on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 

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Albums

Chick Magnet The Peoples Champ Get Money, Stay True Fast Life Heart of a Champion #Checkseason

Collaborations

Get Ya Mind Correct Controversy Sells Expensive Taste

Singles

"Sittin' Sidewayz" "They Don't Know" "Girl" "Break 'Em Off" "I'm Throwed" "Bizzy Body"

Featured singles

"Still Tippin'" "Draped Up" "Grillz" "Still on It" "I'm 'n Luv (Wit a Stripper)" "Drive Slow" "Holla at Me" "Way I Be Leanin'" "About Us" "The Main Event" "So Gone (What My Mind Says)"

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