Not only did Chamillionaire release his new mixtape, Major Pain, this week, but he also announced that he and former-partner-turned-former-feud-mate Paul Wall would be reuniting for a tour (including SXSW) soon. Paul and Cham, if you'll remember, scored the No. 19 spot on The Countdown with Get Ya Mind Right. Hearing that they're reuniting is super fly. It's as exciting to Houston hip-hop fans as it would be for regular hip-hop fans to hear that Paul was never ever going to make another album. (That, friends, was both a compliment and a low blow at the exact same time. Clap it up. That shit ain't easy.) No concrete dates are scheduled for Houston just yet, but as soon as they are we'll let you know. In the meantime, after the jump you'll find five tracks from Cham's new tape."Forgive You"
Not a song, but we threw this up here because 1) it explains why, even after he said that this tape would be all new beats, it isn't; and 2) it highlights how good Cham is at saying something without really saying anything at all. Every time you talk to him you come away thinking "Man, I got some really good stuff in that interview," only to transcribe it and realize that he basically gave you one long cliché for an answer. Smart dude.
Has anybody ever screwed this beat up on a mixtape before? It might be impossible. It's just too good."Price of Failure"
This is a fly flip of 50's "Many Men" from hisGet Rich or Die Tryin'
album, back before he became everything he belittled on that same album. Rappers are always fans of unintentional irony."Story to Tell"
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Yep, that'd be a Bryan Adams hat tip you hear. Raise your hand if you saw that coming. (If you raised your hand, use your other hand to smack yourself right in the face because you're a liar.)"Ima Rep Texas"
Hands down, the best song on the album. It's funny that Cham, who regularly talks about how he concentrates on creating a more accessible sound than a lot of Houston artists, is better at doing the Houston-centric track than those that only focus on that. Thanks for your support. Have a(n) [adjective] weekend.