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Corey Paul Comes Out Swinging
Posted January 20, 2016
By DwayneLacy_NRT, Staff Reviewer

H-Town stand up! Corey Paul is releasing his debut album with Collision Records, Today, Tomorrow, Forever. Corey brings a needed more gritty, aggressive edge to the Collision roster.

Swoope executive produced the album and provided the soundtrack for a good portion, giving Corey the heat to bring his storytelling. "100 In the Summer" kicks things off, backed by eerie piano loops and kick drum with a trap beat peeking through. In signature Corey fashion, he paints a vivid picture of how he reaches out to the people in Third Ward, where he grew up. Never forsaking where he came from, they know he is transformed man with a different mission. 

"Momma We Made It" takes a more thankful approach to making it through the ills and traps set up in the hood. If you want to turn up, Derek Minor is the go-to man to get the crowd hyped. He and Corey fall right with "Top Right," one that will be sure to get a stamp of approval from preteens to young adults. "Tear It Up" goes hard. Even though part of me wants to be aggravated when he yells "rolling out with my squad!" because it's so over-used, part of me also wants to go crazy with kids and watch as the place gets lit. 

The great thing about Collision's partnership with Corey Paul is the fact that they do not try to change Corey into something he is not. Though he is one of the nicest dudes you will ever meet, he has a past and a passion that serves as a foot in the door to minister to and have conversations with folks that still distrust of church. The title track "Today, Tomorrow, Forever" will stop you in your tracks as he talks about how his mother was going to kill herself and leave custody of Corey to his aunt, but it did not happen, and she is now 56. Swoope takes the second set of bars to talk about the biases against the black community. In the third verse, Corey comes back to talk about some of the challenges and mistakes coming straight from the black community. They really come to let people know (courtesy of Jordan Jones' hook) that the "Devil's coming for your soul" and there is no time to waste or wait. 

Closing Thoughts:
Corey Paul's experience as a firefighter, facing and seeing some tough family issues as a child and growing up in the hood serves as a unique backdrop for one who has compassion for the everyday person. Today, Tomorrow, Forever is a nice soundtrack to go with his testimony and offering of hope. 

Song to Download Now:
"Today, Tomorrow, Forever" (Get it on iTunes here.)

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