Paul Wall

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Paul Wall
Paul Wall.jpg
Paul Wall in June 2005
Background information
Birth namePaul Michael Slayton[1]
Born(1981-03-11) March 11, 1981 (age 32)[1]
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
DJ
Promoter
Jeweller
Years active1998–present
LabelsSwishahouse, RED Distribution
Associated actsThe Color Changin' Click, Expensive Taste, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Lil' Keke, Michael "5000" Watts, Slim Thug, Z-Ro
Websitewww.paulwallbaby.com
 
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Paul Wall
Paul Wall.jpg
Paul Wall in June 2005
Background information
Birth namePaul Michael Slayton[1]
Born(1981-03-11) March 11, 1981 (age 32)[1]
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
DJ
Promoter
Jeweller
Years active1998–present
LabelsSwishahouse, RED Distribution
Associated actsThe Color Changin' Click, Expensive Taste, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Lil' Keke, Michael "5000" Watts, Slim Thug, Z-Ro
Websitewww.paulwallbaby.com

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

Career[edit]

Wall attended Jersey Village High School and studied mass communications at the University of Houston for three years.[3][4] After proposing to do promotions for Michael "5000" Watts' company, Swishahouse, Chamillionaire and Paul Wall came to Watts' studio, KBXX.[5] Paul & 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 and 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 left the label, 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 the late DJ Screw.[6]

Paul Wall and 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 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, wearing grills, poses for a picture with a smiling fan, also clad in grills."
Paul Wall shows off his grills with a smiling fan in Baghdad, 2007.

In 2005, 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 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 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 released the singles "Break 'Em Off" featuring Lil Keke and "I'm Throwed" featuring and produced by Jermaine Dupri.

Paul Wall is currently a member of the rap group Expensive Taste, with his good friends Travis Barker and Skinhead Rob (Transplants).[8]

In 2007, Paul Wall appeared alongside other celebrities and regular people in the music video for Rockstar by Nickelback. He also appears on Bermuda-based reggae artist Collie Buddz self-titled debut album.[9]

Paul Wall performing in Baghdad, 2007.

In the spring of 2008, Paul Wall joined Strange Music recording artist Tech N9ne on a nationwide tour, which also featured Brooklyn rapper ILL BiLL.

In the 2008 presidential campaign, 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 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 featured on the 'Przyjaźń, Duma, Godność' (eng. 'Friendship, Pride and Dignity') album by a highly rated Polish rap artist Kaczor.

In February 2011, Paul appeared on an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation along with rapper Yelawolf and singer Christina Milian.[11]

In October 2011, Paul Wall joined forces 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.[12] On March 7, 2012 Paul Wall released a mixtape entitled [13] "No Sleep To Houston" and as of 3-28-12 it has gone gold on the mixtape website "datpiff". Paul Wall released a collaboration mixtape with Slim Thug for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in Houston.[14]

Acting career[edit]

During his break from rapping, 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 and Matt Czuchry. He was also in the 2010 Science Fiction movie Xtinction: Predator X.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Paul Wall married girlfriend Crystal in 2006. Their son William Patrick Slayton was born April 18, 2006.[16][17] and their daughter Noelle Slayton was born in 2007.

During a concert in San Antonio, Paul Wall hit a fan with a microphone. The fan was flicking his middle finger at Paul Wall. Paul Wall apologized to not only the victim but to all his San Antonio fans.[18]

In 2010, Paul Wall went on an extreme diet and had gastric sleeve surgery,[19] resulting in an over 100 lb. weight loss.

In February 2011, Paul Wall and his wife Crystal unveiled a Bonnie & Clyde 40's themed photo shoot, which revealed Paul's slimmer, trimmer physique.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Collaboration albums

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRole
2006FurnaceJoey Robbins
2009I Hope They Serve Beer in HellGrillionaire
2010Alligator XFroggy
2011Cash or Crash

Video games[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ozone Awards

YearRecipientAwardResult
2006Paul WallTaste Maker (style and trendsetter)Won
"I'm N Luv (Wit a Stripper)" (Remix)Best Rap/R&B CollaborationWon
"Holla at Me"Best Rap CollaborationWon

Grammy Awards

YearRecipientAwardResult
2007"Grillz"Best Rap Performance as a Duo or GroupNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Texas Births 1926–1995". "Family Tree Legends". 
  2. ^ "Paul Wall Biography". Atlantic Records. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ Dansby, Andrew (May 8, 2009). "Rapper Paul Wall is all smiles". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Paul Wall...the people's champ". AskMen.com. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Paul Wall World – Interview
  6. ^ Paul Wall | New Music Release | Rapindustry.Com Promotion
  7. ^ "The Peoples Chump" Charts & Awards – Singles. Allmusic: 2006
  8. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (2007-02-16). "Travis Barker Gets Down With Paul Wall, Juelz Santana While Arm Heals". MTV News. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  9. ^ Watson, Margeaux (2007-07-06). "Collie Budz". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  10. ^ The Source magazine, August 2008 issue
  11. ^ "Hot Pics! Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Christina Milian, Laurence Fishburne and More on CSI!". UrbLife.com. February 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Paul Wall Featured in Mobile Battle Rap Game". allhiphop.com. October 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Paul Wall - No Sleep Til Houston Hosted by DJ Drama // Free Mixtape @". Datpiff.com. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  14. ^ Title Artist. "Slim Thug "Welcome 2 Texas Vol. 3"". Hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  15. ^ Xtinction (2010), IMDB.com
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Paul Wall Gives Happy Home Tips! Top 7 Family Keepers! | UrbLife.com
  18. ^ Paul Wall – Sorry For Laying Down that Beat. TMZ.com (2010-09-28). Retrieved on 2011-01-05.
  19. ^ "Paul Wall's Dramatic Weight Loss! Life Changing Surgery; How He Did It!". UrbLife.com. July 13, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Paul Wall and Wife Crystal Go Gangsta! Hot Pics!". UrbLife.com. February 13, 2011. 
  21. ^ "iTunes - Music - #Checkseason by Paul Wall". Itunes.apple.com. 1981-03-11. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 

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