He May Be Older, Healthier and More Responsible, But Paul Wall Is Still Tippin'

Houston rapper and grillmaker Paul Wall is tippin' a little more responsibly these days.

"People want help a lot of times, and that means in their mind you should do it for 'em," he says. "It's hard to explain, but it don't work like that.

"Especially in rap, it's what you make it," he adds. "It's all how you grow, the relationships and networking you build."

Recently he's been working with June James, a twentysomething Houston producer whom he calls "real dope." Of course, Wall has some advice for such up-and-comers, artists set to fill those shoes he's left behind for the next generation.

"Don't walk around acting like a rock star," says Wall. "It's cliché to say you're a businessman, a hustler, and then show up late. Take it seriously. Hip-hop is an art form, and it needs to be taken seriously.

"Some of these artists, they take it for granted, and it's crazy," he surmises. "You gotta be grateful for the respect and the support, and you can't do that stuff."

And grateful Mr. Paul Wall is. With a new album, Check Season, coming up at the end of the summer — along with those grillz — he knows he's got a good thing going on.

"I'm real grateful," Wall says. "I'm blessed. It's what you make it."

Paul Wall and Slim Thug headline the second Springboard South music festival this weekend at Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel. The duo performs Friday night, and Springboard stretches through Sunday with more than 50 artists across a host of genres. See springboardsouth.com for more details.

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MadMac topcommenter

Nice, I always like Mr. Wall. Good article, Ms. Leicht.


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