In the recent interview Paul Wall had with Melanie Cornish here on HipHopDX, he noted that this album gave him the opportunity to have fun again. ďIt just encouraged me to have fun and go out and do my thing and that is what I did with the album. You can hear that through the music.Ē
There is definitely truth in that. While many may complain that the album lacks depth or substance, it cannot be said that it lacks fun. With plenty of catchy hooks, thumping beats, witty (albeit simple) similes and his overall charismatic flow, you canít truly knock the fun heís having.
However, you can knock the weak efforts. That Fire, a horrid Trina-assisted track is one that will leave folks looking for that fire department to put this out right quick. Tonight (featuring Jon B) is another example of this, offering up a sappy, trite love song, below the standards set by Oh Girl, which wasnít bad at all. Aside from this, some of the production and topic selection gets repetitive and other tracks including Get Your Paper and How Gangstas Roll are about as generic as their titles would suggest.
Still, as we mentioned, when having fun, he shines like one of his custom made grills. The infectious nature of his flow, mixed with some of the beats provided by Mr. Lee offer up serious catchy hits welcomed in clubs, radio stations and cars. Call Me What U Want, Iím Throwed, Break ĎEm Off, Banginí Screw and Iím Real, What Are You?(Featuring Juelz Santana) deliver said goods.
Guests also add a bit to the mix. Freeway, Juelz Santana, Jermaine Dupri and Snoop Dogg all provide something extra, while Young Redd and Lilí Keke get outshined every time they appear. Travis Barker also shows up to produce Slidiní On That Oil, as 1/3 of Expensive Taste. Wall flows freely over Barkerís drums and the style actually helps build anticipation for their collaboration. At the same time, the final 1/3 of the crew, Skinhead Rob, makes that track very hard to listen to.
In the end, Iím sure you just want to know; what it do? Well, with fun on his mind, Wall certainly provides a fun record. It definitely needs more substance, you can only listen to wood grain grippin and candy paint drippin for so long. Calling a spade a spade, Paul is usually very good at what he does. Unfortunately with his second major label LP he didnít do it all that well and delivers an album a clear notch down from his debut.