The Heart of a Champion

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After the Southern party magic of The Peoples Champ had worn off, it had been a slow five-year slide for crunk thug Paul Wall, and when you're that far down the hip-hop hole, hiring Travis Barker, drummer of blink-182, to produce half your album just doesn't seem sensible. Going the return-to-form route often works but Wall uses the throwback method sparingly on The Heart of a Champion, an album piled high with risky decisions that add up to an unexpected success. Riskiest of them all has to be inviting respected wordsmiths Raekwon and Jay Electronica on board, and on the same cut, but the usually serviceable Wall has proven he can turn it on when it counts, and does so ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After the Southern party magic of The Peoples Champ had worn off, it had been a slow five-year slide for crunk thug Paul Wall, and when you're that far down the hip-hop hole, hiring Travis Barker, drummer of blink-182, to produce half your album just doesn't seem sensible. Going the return-to-form route often works but Wall uses the throwback method sparingly on The Heart of a Champion, an album piled high with risky decisions that add up to an unexpected success. Riskiest of them all has to be inviting respected wordsmiths Raekwon and Jay Electronica on board, and on the same cut, but the usually serviceable Wall has proven he can turn it on when it counts, and does so with "I'm gettin' paper while you in the shade drinkin' Zima/I'm a schemer, you just waitin' for your check from FEMA" during the massive "Live It." Features play a huge role in the album's success, with Bun B and Kid Sister ensuring "Im'ma Get It" is a win while Devin the Dude and Z-Ro help turn "Smoke Everyday" into a grand stoner anthem. The man's fine on his own, too, with "Take Notes" and "I'm on Patron" both placing in the album's top five plus the two cuts credited to his supergroup Expensive Taste -- Wall, Barker, and Skinhead Rob from Transplants -- avoid the usual rap-rock clichés. Barker's productions aren't as showy as you might expect, acting as true support with some interesting ideas, and the rest of the tracks are well handled by the returning Dirty South crew Beanz & Kornbread, giving the album a proper mix of new and old. You wouldn't think the man had so many aces up those short sleeves, but one listen to The Heart of a Champion and haters will have to rethink their arguments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • UPC: 093624967118
  • Catalog Number: 523896
  • Sales rank: 334,011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take Notes (3:11)
  2. 2 Showin' Skillz (4:30)
  3. 3 I'm On Patron (3:49)
  4. 4 Round Here - Chamillionaire (4:05)
  5. 5 Im'ma Get It - Kid Sister (4:15)
  6. 6 Stay Iced Up - TV Johnny (4:05)
  7. 7 Pocket Fulla Presidents - Mitchy Slick (4:04)
  8. 8 Ain't a Thang - Jim Jones (3:14)
  9. 9 My City - Dallas Blocker (4:08)
  10. 10 Smoke Everyday - Devin the Dude (6:38)
  11. 11 Live It - Jay Electronica (4:04)
  12. 12 Not My Friend - Expensive Taste (3:16)
  13. 13 Still On - Yung Chill (4:01)
  14. 14 Heart of a Hustler - Expensive Taste (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Wall Primary Artist
DJ Michael "5000" Watts scratching
Bizzle Vocals
DJ Spider scratching
Beanz & Kornbread Vocals
Technical Credits
Todd Cooper Engineer
Joseph Jones Composer
Mark Kidney Mastering
Paul Wall Producer
Devin Copeland Composer
Travis Barker Composer, Producer
Andre Adams Composer
Krushadelic Engineer
Chamillionaire Composer
G Dash Executive Producer
DJ Michael "5000" Watts Executive Producer, Cut
Kevin Bivona Engineer
Mike Miller Engineer
DJ Spider Cut
Travis Farris Engineer
Melissa Young Composer
Justin Rogers Composer
Graham Burris Engineer
Pamela Simon Packaging Manager
Yung Chill Composer, Producer
Beanz & Kornbread Composer, Producer, Engineer, Hook
James Ingram Engineer
Nacio Engineer
Stayve Thomas Composer
Leo Goff Engineer
T. Farris Engineer
Marcus Edwards Composer
Mickaël Zibi Engineer
Paul Slayton Composer
Corey Woods Composer
Bernard Freeman Composer
Mario Mims Composer
Blake Dozier Composer
Rob Aston Composer
Shaunbless Engineer
Timothy Elpadaro Composer
Tuan Dang Composer
Barre Kelly Engineer
Archibald Highwater Composer
Donald Johnson Jr. Composer
Graham "G-Ball" Magers Engineer
John Hearon Composer
Joseph McVey Composer
Kenneth Roy Composer
Marcus Beatty Engineer
Mark Felder Composer
Matthew Christopher Composer
Mike Kolar Engineer
Nathan Blocker Composer
Charles Mitchell Composer
Da Shit Factory Producer
Mike Frost Art Direction
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