Guest Star: "It's A Terrible Problem, Especially In The South Because It's So Acceptable To Be Big"

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 1:00PM

Written by SOHH for Paul Wall

[With Fat Joe shocking the hip-hop world last summer by losing nearly 100 pounds, fellow slimmer rapper Paul Wall speaks on shaking the weight and his take on the Terror Squad leader's healthy power move.]

Man, it's incredible because it's so motivating and encouraging. When I was young and I was heavier growing up and even when I was at my peak in my career when I was the heaviest, I didn't really have other rappers or people I could look up to like, "Ah, they lost weight. I knew them when they were big and when they got little."

All I knew were people like [radio host] Big Boy from Power 106 and DJ AM [who experienced a significant weight loss]. I didn't know DJ AM or Big Boy when they were big. I knew them when they were smaller. I remember going to DJ AM's funeral and seeing a lot of the photos of him when he was bigger and hearing from people that knew him saying, "I remember the big AM."

That's when I knew I wanted people to say the same things about me. I wanted to be referred to as big and little. I didn't want to just be known as the big guy. I wanted people to be like, "Remember the big Paul Wall?" That just amazed me.

Obesity is a disease. It's not only getting to our country but throughout the world. It's a terrible problem, especially in the South, because it's so acceptable to be big. People are encouraged to be big. [Our parents often told us when we were younger], "Finish your food. You can't go outside until you finish your plate." Every restaurant has a drive-thru or a takeout where they can bring the food to you and you don't even have to get out of the car. That just promotes laziness.

It's real encouraging and motivating to see Fat Joe and everybody that's getting into health. I think [First Lady] Michelle Obama's "Get Fit" campaign, all of that stuff is just real encouraging all around where people are really recognizing being fat isn't cool.

You have to make a whole lifestyle change. You have to really want it. Some people want it but they want the food more. Food is an addiction. A lot of people don't realize it. Food is an actual addiction. The hormones you get makes you hungry and it's also about how it makes you feel. When you're full, you feel good. A lot of people can't go to sleep unless they eat. They always eat before they go to sleep and they can't go to sleep unless they have a full stomach. Food is a drug and it's addictive. It's a whole life style change.

I exercise a lot. I do kickboxing and I do the mixed martial arts. I've also been drinking a lot more water and eating healthier. It's a whole life style change and you really have to want it.

Prior to making a nationwide breakout in 2005 with a guest spot on Mike Jones' "Still Tippin'" and his Swishahouse/Atlantic Records debut, The Peoples Champ, Wall was involved with promotional street teams, DJed parties, put together underground mixtapes, and was half of the Color Changin' Click with Chamillionaire. Affiliated throughout the years with Paid in Full and Swishahouse, Wall has also held down a lucrative business as a maker of diamond-laced grillz. His clientele includes Lil Jon and T.I.

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