by Robert Bell
Midnight. Discovery. $10.
Paul Wall came out of swampy, humid Houston’s fertile hip-hop scene, and as with many of his peers, he was heavily influenced by the mind-warping, chopped ’n’ screwed genius of DJ Screw.
One of his early breakout moments was a guest spot on the Mike Jones track “Still Tippin,’” which was followed by his massive 2005 solo debut “The Peoples Champ.”
In the interim, Wall has pursued acting (“I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell”), outside-the-box collaborations (with rapper Skinhead Rob and Blink 182’s Travis Barker in the group Expen$ive Taste) and, of course, entrepreneurial endeavors.
In Wall’s case, that’d be the Grills by Paul Wall, a custom shop that crafts bejeweled dental grills. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte recently sported a set of American flag grills built by Wall’s shop. Wall told ESPN Playbook the set took about two weeks to make. The price? “Well, the cost can go up to about $25,000 for that kind. We didn’t charge him that. We gave him an Olympic discount. We have got to take care of him.”
In addition to Wall, who’ll go on about 2:30 a.m., the lineup includes Cain Da Ladies Man and Dr. Feelgood, of Power 92 Jams, DJs Brandon Peck, Sleepy, JMZ Dean and Spencer Rx, and a drag show with Dominique Sanchez and The Disco Dolls.