Ask Tall Paul why he felt it was his purpose to emcee. Don’t expect the conventional “Nas and 2pac made me do it” kind of answer. “I started writing rhymes when I was 14. I was left in awe by 106th & Park’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ rap battle segment. When Jin won for 7 consecutive weeks, capping it off by signing a record deal with the Ruff Ryders, it was crazy. I didn’t actually start writing until shortly after that, when I saw my cousin spittin’ into a tape recorder one day. From that point on I just liked the release that it gave me. The lure of the rock star lifestyle that rappers exhibited in music videos was cool too (laughs).”
Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Tall Paul grew up listening to hip hop from all regions. “As a kid I was listening to whoever my brothers and cousins were listening to – Snoop, 2Pac, Biggie, The Fugees, the Luniz, Bone Thugs, Twista and the Speedknot Mobstaz, DMX (sigh), and the list goes on.” This would ultimately help to mold the fatherless style of flow that he now commands.
His bilingual Ojibwe-English hit single titled “Prayers in a Song” garnered over 200,000 YouTube views within it’s first 2 weeks of release. The song can be found on his first project from 2010, entitled ‘Brothers: From Different Fathers and Mothers,’ which was independently released with his former group mate G.Malicious as the duo ‘Point of Contact’.
When you listen to Tall Paul’s music, it’s clear that he’s unafraid to test boundaries that many shy away from. “I’m a no good good guy (laughs). I might help an elderly person cross the street with their groceries, but I’ll be looking back at the rearview on the sexy lady who just walked by at the same time (laughs).” In other words, expect to hear conscious, yet honest lyricism, placed over the beat selection of an individual who vows to only release his highest quality music.