City Oklahoma City
Years active 10
Paul “Apaulsoul” Means was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, IL. The 17 year husband and father of 4 grew up with Christian Parents and 5 siblings “4 boys & 1 girl”, Apaulsoul being the youngest. As he grew older he was influenced very much by his older brothers who became active in the Gangster Disciple Organization, Paul at the age of 10 secretly joined the organization and also started smoking cigarettes. It was at this same age one of his brothers taught him how to drive a 76 Big Body Caprice Classic, what Paul did not know was that he would become a driver for his brother during violent beatings and drug deals. By 13 paul started smoking weed and became more influenced and engulfed in the G.D organization. By age 15 Paul suffered his first dramatic blow, when 1 week after his parents 25 year anniversary his father died at the age of 42 from a massive heart attack while at work, earlier that year Paul’s mom had told him that his dad had already woke her up 3 months earlier and informed her that the Lord said his time was coming and that it would be that same year. At age 16 Paul met Danette Abrams while skipping church with his cousin, she is the twin sister of his best friends girlfriend. 2 years later they were married with there first child. Between the ages of 18 – 23 Paul would become lost trying to become a young man while still trying to hold on to his association with the G.D’s which led to over 10 arrest, a ranking position in the G.D’s, and a move from Chicago, to Oklahoma, to Chicago, To Detroit, then back to Oklahoma where he currently resides. His marriage would also suffer from infidelity and abuse which led to a child outside of there marriage. After being told that he had a brain tumor from years of marijuana abuse and being given a 6 month timeframe to live, Paul accepted the Regenerating of the holy spirit and the call of Jesus on his life.
Apaulsoul has been doing music now for over 10 years, he started out as the founder of a local rap group called “Supertropolis” and released over 7 underground Cds. The first song released to the public was Apaulsouls christian remake of 50 cents hit song “In Da Club” Apaulsoul’s version “Out Da Club” hit #1 on radio stations all across the country and led to the Supertropolis Mixtapes. After 2 years Apaulsoul brought the group to I AM Records and became Vice President of the label that now houses the Christian Artist K-Praize, during his span with I AM Records Apaulsoul helped generate over 200 Concerts, and over $20,000 in revenue profit. After coming off of a tour with G.R.I.T.S and a year that would see the group in concert with Canton Jones, Paul suffered an even more dramatic blow, in March his mom died at the age of 55 from a battle with Leukemia, 3 months later his Grandmother died, and 7 months later his nephew was shot and killed “the first murder of 2007 in del city, OK”. During this time Apaulsoul decided to end his time with I AM Records and recorded the final Supertropolis Mixtape. During this timeframe he had built a network that would find in sharing the company of many of the who’s who in the Gospel industry including B.E.T’S Dr. Bobby Jones, Stellar Award Winning Artist Lecrae, Grammy Award Nominated artist Canton Jones, Christopher “Play” Martin, Bushwick Bill, Bentley Farnsworth “former assistant to P.Diddy”, Grammy Nominated artist Flame, G.R.I.T.S, Myra Beasley “From Tyler Perrys | The Marriage Counselor” and collaborations with former 3″6 Mafia artist Mr. Del, K-Drama, D-Maub, Cam, Dillon Chase and current label mates S.O.C.O.M, C-Micah and JayMay. At this time Apaulsoul decided to adjust his musical talents and went from rapper to Rhythm and Praise artist. In 2011 Apaulsoul received the 2011 Holy Hip Hop Award during Dove Award Week and released his official Pre-Release album entitled Road to Damascus | The Detour. After several offers, including an offer from Interscope “home of Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, former label of 2-pac, Apaulsoul decided to become part owner of About Face Music Group and is scheduled to release his debut album Regenerated in 2012.
Apaulsoul have been blessed to
Perform at concerts with Lecrae, Canton Jones, Bushwick Bill, K-Drama, DaTruth, Ambassador,G.R.I.T.S, and more.
Early reviews are comparing his solo project and stage performances to Canton Jones and Mali Music, while secular industry insiders are comparing his storytelling and songwriting to R.Kelly and The Dream. Currently the songs “Amen ft K-Drama”, “Christians All Over the World“, “Let the Praise Begin Now“, and “Uncontrollable” are dj favorites.
For additional information and booking, go to www.aboutfacemusicgroup.com.