was conducted by Down-South.com
Down-South: Whats Paul Wall been up to lately?
Paul Wall: On the grind, been DJing on the xm radio.
I got my own show on xm 66raw. I been on the road DJing
with T.I., I tour with him a little bit, doin these
mix cd's and of course dropped the Chick Magnet. Then
I got my all flows cd comin out, really thats comin
out first, it should be comin out around February 10
called How to be a Player, thats my all flows cd. Michael
Watts choppin it up and we just puttin these albums
out back to back then I got another all flows cd and
then my other album called The People's Champ and a
DVD called Paul Wall TV.
Down-South: Off top, why'd you leave the Color Changin
Paul Wall: Well, thats just the way it worked out ya
know what I'm sayin. My contract came up with Paid in
Full and when my contract came up with Paid in Full
I didn't re-sign. Chamillion, he also didn't re-sign
so I signed with the Swisha House as a record label
and then of course the business was just there, it was
the atmosphere I was lookin for. It's like everybody
has their own keys to success, everybody has their own
pieces to the puzzle and me being with the Swisha House
is the pieces to the puzzle that fit.
Down-South: No hard feelings?
Paul Wall: Naw, no hard feelings, ain't no beef or
nothin like that ya know, its just what is best for
Down-South: The clip on the intro to your site isn't
all on the ballin stuff it shows you can spit some deep
Paul Wall: Oh yeah, there's more to me, I definitely
stepped my game up from when I first was rappin bout
cartoons and thangs like that. I matured in the rap
game like I matured in my life ya know what I'm sayin.
Of course there are a lot of things in my life that
I don't rap about, I take this rappin very seriously,
it's more than just entertainment, it's actually a job,
it's a career. But, people tend to get caught up in
the rappin and forget about their real lives. They either
talk about thangs they don't got or talk about thangs
they ain't did, things of that nature. But I on the
other hand, do the opposite. There's things that I've
done that I don't talk about, it's things that I been
through that I don't rap about. I definitely stepped
my game up, got on a whole nother level on the rappin
ya know what I'm sayin, I really advanced a whole lot
in a short period of time, just keep with the team know
what I'm sayin. I'm really showin a lot of diversity
lately, more than just the balla type stuff.
Down-South: Whats the production team and who are the
features on the Chick Magnet?
Paul Wall: Mobetta Groove which is Pretty Todd and
Calvin Earl, they produced the bulk of the album. Also
another guy Drathoven, he did a bunch of beats on there.
As far as features go, I got the Grit Boys, Slim Thug
the Boss, my boy Gu-U, then I got Trae from the Guerilla
Maab, I also got Big Shasta and Young Redd, Lew Hawk
is on there. There's a group out of San Antonio called
3rd Degree they on there, Kyle Lee and Marky G, Big
Hawk, Bun B, I got so many songs on the cd I don't even
remember. Killer Mike is on there, there's a bunch of
stuff on there.
Down-South: What's up with the new click?
Paul Wall: Well it's deeper than that, I roll with
a lot of people know what I'm sayin so I show love to
everybody I'm down with. The Grit Boys are some of the
people I been down with and we got a movement goin on,
The New South Movement which is bigger than Houston,
its the whole south know what I'm sayin. We represent
all the sections of the south, Houston in general. So
that's why we called the new movement of the south the
713. It's not like a click or nothin like that, we all
rap and we all stand for the same things and all stand
for the same principles so we naturally hooked up and
started makin moves together and makin money together.
But other than than that, the click I roll with the
Swisha House and of course my boys in Atlanta the Pimp
Squad Click through T.I. as far as that.
Down-South: How would you say your new album is different
from Get Ya Mind Correct?
Paul Wall: The majority of Get Ya Mind Correct had
a lot of baller influence on it. It was real fly, real
ballerific. This album, it shows a whole new side of
me. People might say my rap style has changed, it did
change in the fact that I grew and matured, but on top
of that, I'm just showin em my diversity. There's more
to life than ballin, money and cars and those types
Down-South: Are you hopin to shop this album around
a little bit?
Paul Wall: Oh yeah, ya know the main goal is to always
make it to the pros ya know what I'm sayin, to make
it to the big leagues. It's like there still be major
labels callin, but the right one hasn't come around
yet. For me to do somethin, it's gotta be the right
label at the right time and the right money. You gotta
play chess moves in this game it's not checkers, it
ain't just one step moves, you gotta think five steps
ahead. It's gotta be at the right time with the right
people havin the right offer. But then to, you can be
patient, but sometimes people lose track and miss their
opportunity so you gotta play it real careful ya know
what I'm sayin. Of course we always lookin to shop a
deal, but this album will be dropped under Paid in Full,
but as I said my contract is up with Paid in full and
I am now a Swisha House artist. Ya neva know whats gonna
go down baby.
Down-South: What was the closest you or you and Chamillion
came to signing?
Paul Wall: We came close a couple times but it wasn't
real real close. They flew us up to New York, around
the country. They used to come down to talk to us, go
on the road with us to shows to see what we were all
about. We had a couple of good offers, but for whatever
reason we didn't sign. When you got so many people that
were tryin to make the decision, its kinda hard for
us to all compromise and negotiate. It wasn't just like
one person makin the decision, it was a bunch of us
and everybody has to be in favor of it for us to do
it. If we ain't got an unanimous vote then its not gonna
happen, its hard to please everybody.
Down-South: What are some of the other projects you
got goin on right now?
Wall: Yeah, me and Bubba Sparxx got an underground comin,
we got another one with Killer Mike comin called, From
the 713 to the 404. Me and Mike Jones got one, we callin
it The Future, we got an underground and an album comin.
A bunch of things, hookin up with my boy DJ Drama out
in Atlanta finna start screwin & choppin, he put
out his mix tapes, The Gangsta Grill and I'm gonna be
screwin & choppin them. Of course I screwed &
chopped the Down-South.com cd. So it's been a lot of
people I been in the lab with, The Pimp Squad Click
Down-South: Whats that like, you goin on the road with
T.I. for his shows and stuff?
Paul Wall: Yeah, it's hard cause me bein an artist
and a DJ, it's hard to make time for both of em, so,
I gotta balance out the two. If I were to go out on
the road with him, usually it be on off days when I
go with him, and I do my shows on the weekends and sometimes
we hook up and might do the same show ya know what I'm
sayin, it be whateva.
Down-South: You, 3-2, and Tim Smooth just hooked up
on that new C-Los album, do you have any plans in the
future of working with anymore New Orleans artists?
Paul Wall: Oh yeah, I hooked up with Krazy, formerly
of No Limit, I did some stuff with him. Me and lil Turk
got some stuff we been talkin about doin. A bunch of
people man, of course I'm gonna work with whatever is
hot, me and Choppa did a song together before. It's
not out yet, but I'm down to work with anybody ya know
what I'm sayin.
Down-South: Are there any collabs you would like to
Paul Wall: Yeah, Yung Buck from the G Unit, he's real
hot right now. There's a bunch of people, of course
people like Lil Jon...actually we did some stuff in
the past before and we got some new stuff comin too
for the People's Champ, he got a song on there. Me him
and Mike Jones. We got a lot of stuff comin, you see
I did a song with Lil Keke on the Day Hell Broke Loose
part 2, that was real. I hooked up with Bun B, I did
some stuff with Bun B for the Mddl Fngz album and then
I did some stuff with him on my album. But who I would
like to work with, Yung Buck and Pimp C when he get
out of jail. Other than that it's whatever.
Down-South: Do you feel it's been harder or easier to
get props rappin and bein white?
Paul Wall: Well, it definitely brought the attention
to me, ya know what I'm sayin. That's what is usually
hard when you first start is to get attention brought
to you. It gave me the spotlight I should say, me bein
white put the spotlight on me and then it was all about
me, I gotta step up to the plate. Either I was gonna
strike out or hit the homerun, if I strike out, I just
gotta wait til my turn again and try again ya know what
I'm sayin. I ain't gonna say I hit no homerun, but I
hit a couple doubles and I done made some things happen.
It ain't hard on me cause I'm me regardless. I'm gonna
rap the same whether I'm white, black, or hispanic,
I'm still gonna be me. I got criticized a lot at first,
it was hard, bein criticized because people don't take
you seriously. But, Eminem changed all that when he
came in the game. It was all good but like I say, it
put the spotlight on me, but it's all about if I step
up to the plate. If I'ma hit the homerun or I'ma strike
out, it was all up to me. The door was open, all I had
to do was to walk through it, ya know what I'm sayin.
A lot of times it is tough to get that door open, so
its whatever, ya feel me.
Down-South: You have your hands in some other business
ventures, you wanna speak on any of those?
Paul Wall: Yeah I got the gold grills goin, I done
a bunch of grills for a bunch of people, a lot of celebrities.
There's a shop in Sharpstown mall called TV2 Jewelry
832-661-5664, its an Asian dude named John hit him up.
The clubs, I got ventures in a few clubs and promote
a few clubs. The Blue Flame in Houston Texas, its a
gentlemen's club on Cullen and Holmes road, right in
the heart of South Park, it be goin down. There's another
group lately I been workin with called Velvet Ice, they
are an R&B hip-hop female group and they are real
hot. They are outta Houston and they been on tour with
Nelly and doin a lot of shows and stuff. Matter of fact,
they got a website called velveticeonline.com.
Down-South: When's your website gonna be fully up?
Paul Wall: You know, that's a good question, I got
my boy Tosin workin on it, him and my boy bbk, they
been helpin me out a whole lot on that. It's real hard
to shovel and juggle all these ventures at once. The
main focus of the website though is to give people a
chance to order cds and I definitely want to give the
people more of me. I want them to see pictures updated
on a regular basis, to get show footage, all types of
stuff like that where people get to see the real me.
I'm a real personable person, I'm real sociable. I'm
not just an artist, I'm a real person, I want people
to really know the real me ya know what I'm sayin, I
ain't no front or nothin like that. Down-south.com is
a way bigger website than my site is ever gonna be,
ya know, with the interviews and all everything like
that. I'm glad there is a down-south.com because without
ya'll, our website would just be pictures with no one
to look at em.
Down-South: What are some of your thoughts on the screwed
& chopped controversy?
Paul Wall: Bein that I was always a screwhead and a
big fan of DJ Screw, and then bein that I live on the
southside, I see it from both sides of the picture.
One side of the mirror is of course, naw, DJ Screw is
the only one who can say screwed & chopped. But,
the other side is the bigger picture where it's like,
well this is an art form of music. It's a form of music
that just took over. People in Alaska and Japan listen
to this, people in England literally, people from England,
not just military people are listenin to this ya know
what I'm sayin. When they refer to the music, are they
gonna refer to it as slowed down music? I don't feel
it would be right to refer to it as slowed down music,
cause that's takin away from DJ Screw and what he started
ya know what I'm sayin. And when Michael Watts or me
refer to it as screwed music, we're not tryin to sell
it as DJ Screw. We're not tryin to take away from DJ
Screw, from his props or nothin like that. The bigger
picture is when people refer to the music, I feel when
they call it screw music, they are payin homage to Screw
and givin him his props. Of course I respect it either
way it go, I never try to claim DJ Screw like that's
me, like I was down with DJ Screw or nothin like that,
we aren't tryin to capitalize off the name, it's just
showin homage to the creator ya know what I'm sayin.
Down-South: You see yourself growin and gettin in the
major publications now, whats it feel like watchin yourself
grow and grow?
Paul Wall: It definitely feels good, the respect is
the main thing ya know what I'm sayin. The people showin
us respect for what we are doin or showin me respect
for what I'm doin. It's like I'm livin my dream day
by day. So either I can wake up and it be all over with,
or I can keep dreamin and livin this dream. So, sometimes
people see their face in a magazine or hear about theirselves
in a magazine and they think they done made it and thats
it and all they gotta do and they done made it. But,
it's constant work, the work don't stop. When the work
stops the success stops. The love from the fans is what
is great, the real people. I ain't no vip dude, I'm
an in the club dude ya know what I'm sayin, I'm not
an in the vip type dude, I'm an at the bar dude ya know
what I'm sayin. I don't ever get full of myself or nothin
like that, it's constant work. It's definitely a blessing
though and it feels good cause it shows the people are
respectin what I'm doin. It's hard to break out of that
local mind frame where people just thinkin your a local
dude. This whole past 6 months I been on the road from
everywhere, from Cleveland to Indianapolis to Atlanta,
Florida, St. Louis, California, everywhere, just back
and forth everyday. And I been in Atlanta a whole lot
showin love to the people in Atlanta and gettin love
in return. It's crazy cause the people in Houston look
at me as a local artist, but they didn't know that I
go to other cities and they treat me like a god ya know
what I'm sayin. It's times I go to Dallas or Fort Worth
and they will treat me better than they would 50 Cent,
they show me more love than they would show 50 Cent
or Jay-Z and they are runnin the rap game. People in
Houston at first saw me as just a local rapper and they
wouldn't understand how big it's gotten. So bein in
a magazine makes them respect the work ya know what
I'm sayin. Like "Damn, you in the Source?"
And then when other artists come to town and show me
love, it's real. And then the song I did with R. Kelly,
Step in the Name of Love remix, that put it on a whole
notha level too.
Down-South: Who ya gotta go with, Kenyon Martin or
Paul Wall: Shoot, they two different type of ball players,
but I gotta say my boy Ken cause he is a knock-out artist
ya know what I'm sayin. But the boy TJ Ford, he the
chess player, he will sit back, move slow, and creep
up on ya. It's hard to say on that one. There are a
bunch of ball players I'm down with though, like my
boy Steven Jackson, he used to play with the Spurs last
year when they won the championship and now he's with
the Hawks. Rashard Lewis with the Seattle Supersonics
and my boy Reggie Evans from the Supersonics too. It's
a few players and a bunch of NFL players, they represent
for me and I represent for them.
Down-South: Too clear rumors or clear up the real,
people had an idea an altercation between you and Young
Ro was a reason that led to your departure from the
Paul Wall: Naw, it wasn't like that. I seen that stuff
but it wasn't nothin like that where we got into it
or nothin like that. Bein when you workin with people
you ain't always gonna get along and not just me and
him, but me and everybody and everybody and everybody.
There's always gonna be times when you don't agree on
things, sometimes we might be on the road and I want
to eat at Jack n the Box and they might want to eat
at Mcdonalds. So an argument might start out, "Man
ya'll always eatin at Mcdonalds," "Well you
always try to go to Jack n the Box" ya know what
I'm sayin. Nothin always gonna be perfect ya know what
I'm sayin, but Ro is a cool dude, he gotta career and
he real cool. I seen him the other day and its nothin
but love. I'm not gonna say none of us ever got into
any arguments, we would get in arguments all the time,
but its all come along with it. Ain't no problems at
all though man.
Down-South: That was all I really had, anything I didn't
touch on you wanted to say?
Paul Wall: Go to the DJPaulWall.com website and catch
the new video we shootin for Still Tippin with me, Mike
Jones, and Slim Thug. And you can see me in some other
videos the Rubbaband Man video with T.I. and the new
David Banner video, Crank it Up. Ya know what I'm talkin