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As a result of creating hits for others, Paul was given the chance to cut his own album in 1985, Haven t You Heard . He enlisted Lillo as a background vocalist & got to work with the keyboards. The overall tone of the album not only reflected Paul s excellent musicianship & mastery of the technology, the songs lyrics revealed a mindset to tell stories that were positive, uplifting and with a conscious. The single Strung Out (Freebase) was self-explanatory a warning of the dangers of crack cocaine addiction (Paul wasn t the only one who covered this territory the late Isaac Hayes did so as well with 1986 s Ike s Rap/Hey Girl ). She s Not A Sleaze featured Paul, Freddie & Lillo trading lead vocals about a girl who may dress in tight clothes & likes to tease but she s really a good girl (thank you, Lillo!). You Hooked Me is one of the album s few ballads this one with Paul in a very mellow mood. The uptempo Good & Plenty describes a love that is just like the candy. Racism (Sucks!!) gets right to the point an issue that will sadly remain one of society s greatest ills. Haven t You Heard another slow jam with just Paul on vocals & piano, keeping the song simple yet sweet. The mid-tempo There Ain t Nothin (Like Your Lovin ) has a nice guitar lilt that accents the song quite nicely. I m Sensitive , which closed out the original album release, deals with a man s insecurities about love & a fear of being meek in a relationship. While Haven t You Heard quickly became a fan favorite among those who followed Freddie, Lillo, Melba, Me lisa & Kashif (who had his own record deal w/Arista), the album barely even charted whereas She s Not A Sleaze , Strung Out & You Hooked Me peaked in the mid/upper-50s on the R&B singles listings. Being that Hush Productions controlled the marketing & promotion of their releases, Huggins & company knew that the money-makers were their singers and were satisfied with keeping Paul behind the scenes. A sad scenerio especially since Paul s own work was good enough to earn priority status alongside the hits he created for his colleagues.