Preview: Paul Wall at Alrosa Villa

From the August 16, 2012 edition

Paul Wall isn’t ruling rap like he did circa 2005, when he released “The Peoples Champ,” became the poster boy for white guys wearing grills and dropped one of the more memorable guest appearances on Kanye West’s “Late Registration.”

But the Houston MC is still showing his skills and grills — in fact, “Showin’ Skillz” is one of many smooth selections on Wall’s 2010 release “Heart of a Champion.” He still attracts guest verses from top-flight talent like Raekwon, Jay Electronica and Bun B.

And considering the surging interest in screwed, syrupy Texas hip-hop in the past couple of years, Wall’s style feels as relevant as ever. He’ll rock the Alrosa this Friday with support from Devious T, Konspiracy, Komatoze and the hilariously named DTF.