Photo Credit: Aldo Chacon
Photo Credit: Aldo Chacon
Mike Jones Featuring Paul Wall and Slim Thug, “Still Tippin’”:
Every two weeks, without fail, “Still Tippin’” goes viral on Twitter. The legendary 2005 hit made Mike Jones, Paul Wall and Slim Thug stars, and set in motion Houston’s takeover of the rap scene.
Paul Wall Featuring Big Pokey, “Sittin’ Sidewayz”:
After the massive success of “Still Tippin’,” Paul returned fire with “Sittin’ Sidewayz,” the first single from his platinum major-label debut, “The People’s Champ.”
Kanye West Featuring Paul Wall and GLC, “Drive Slow”:
Paul owned 2005. In addition to his solo success, he appeared on the slow-rolling “Drive Slow” single from Kanye West’s sophomore album, “Late Registration.” Paul shows up and shows out, blessing the track with an unforgettable verse.
Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, “N Luv Wit My Money”:
Paul came in the game alongside fellow Houston rapper Chamillionaire. The duo’s debut, “Get Ya Mind Correct,” was even recognized as one of 2002’s top albums by The Source. Shortly after its release, the duo broke up and became enemies.
Nelly Featuring Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp, “Grillz”:
In the 2000s, Nelly could breathe on a song and it would become a hit. So when he called Paul to jump on “Grillz” in 2005, it was a no brainer. Never mind the fact that Paul was actually making grillz for most of the industry; the song became his first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100.
Tobe Nwigwe Featuring Paul Wall, “Juice”:
In 2019, Paul connected with one of Houston’s leaders of the new school, Tobe Nwigwe, for a scene-stealing verse on “Juice.” Once social media got hold of Paul’s
Paul Wall and Lil’ Keke, “Ridin’ 5”:
In 2020, Paul hooked up with his favorite rapper of all time, Lil’ Keke, for a collaborative project called Slab Talk. “Ridin’ 5” made their hometown proud.
Paul Wall Featuring Raekwon, Jay Electronica and Yelawolf, “Heart of a Hustler”:
Paul’s music transcends trends. As the Blog Era came of age, he teamed with period stars Yelawolf and Jay Electronica, as well as the legendary Raekwon, on this memorable cut.
“Sippin’ tha Barre”:
From the Pimp C sample, to the southern funk soundscape provided by Mr. Lee, this record sounds like a long drive on a summer night.
Paul Wall Featuring Three 6 Mafia, “I’m a Playa”:
Paul has collaborated with DJ Paul and Juicy J on a few occasions. This track, which teems with chemistry, remains a personal favorite.
The lead single from Paul’s 2020 album, “Subculture,” proved that no matter the year, no matter the time, Paul stays sharp on the mic.
“Swangin’ in the Rain”:
Paul reps Houston everywhere he goes. His 2015 single, “Swangin’ in the Rain,” oozes H-Town culture. From the slang to the cars to the fashion, everything is on display here. A masterclass in bending curves and popping trunks.
“Internet Goin Nutz”:
Paul’s tagline from 2005 applies to every era. The song, produced by legendary New Orleans beatsmith KLC, provides context to a catchphrase that will likely live on for the foreseeable future.
A$AP Rocky Featuring Paul Wall, Bun B and Killa Kyleon, “Purple Swag Remix”:
A$AP Rocky may hail from Harlem, but his sound is deeply influenced by Houston. In 2012, the NYC native showed love to H-Town on the official remix of his breakout hit. Paul, Bun B and Killa Kyleon do the Lonestar State proud.
Statik Selektah Featuring Paul Wall, Benny the Butcher and Brady Wyatt, “No Substitute”:
In 2020, Paul guested on producer Statik Selektah’s album, “The Balancing Act.” Statik is known to pair artists with unexpected collaborators. Placing Paul and the red-hot Benny the Butcher on the same track continues that tradition.
Andrew Barber is the owner/creator of Fake Shore Drive, a Chicago-based media, management and events company founded in 2007. Andrew is also a playlist curator, published music journalist, artist manager, brand and record label consultant and media personality. Andrew currently sits as Governor of The Recording Academy’s Grammy board. His radio show, The Drive on Shade 45, airs weekly on SiriusXM, and has been on air for over six years. He has also hosted programming on MTV and one of Chicago’s top radio stations, 107.5 WGCI-FM. As a journalist, Andrew has been published in publications such as VICE, Complex, Fader, XXL, Mass Appeal and more. Andrew’s company, Fake Shore Drive, has been instrumental in the rise of Chicago’s hip-hop scene, having helped cultivate the careers of Chance the Rapper, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Vic Mensa and the many other gold- and platinum-selling artists.
In this exclusive interview with host Andrew Barber, award-winning rapper Common goes into detail about about his artistry, albums, career, experiences with Kanye West and J Dilla and much more.
Common’s catalog — more than a dozen LPs, most featuring cutting-edge production — is nearly without precedent in hip-hop. Andrew Barber serves as your expert tour guide with this annotated playlist.
Host Andrew Barber and Hitmaka chat about the hip-hop producer-rapper-executive’s unlikely journey from the Chicago hip-hop scene to the tops of the charts to the offices of Atlantic Records and beyond.
As a rapper and producer, Hitmaka is connected to records that have cumulatively sold more than 74 million copies worldwide. Andrew Barber surveys the highlights with this annotated playlist.
Host Andrew Barber and rapper Danny Brown converse about the hip-hop star’s influences, approaches, record label, future plans and much more.
Since emerging in the late ‘00s, Danny Brown has refused to take the same approach twice. Andrew Barber guides you through the highlights of the Detroit rapper’s growing catalog with this annotated playlist.
Andrew Barber sits down for a revealing conversation with Paul Wall, which gets into the details behind the Houston rapper-DJ-entrepreneur's origins, successes, grillz and more.
Watch Andrew Barber’s in-depth conversation with Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul, which tells the stories behind the rapper-producer-entrepreneur's approaches, independence and ongoing vitality.