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 writin' 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 though, 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 (laughs)." This would ultimately help to mold the fatherless style of flow that he now commands. In 2009 Tall Paul decided to take music more serious, both recording and performing live for the first time. Still young in his career, Tall Paul has already performed in Minnesota's top venues, including First Avenue's main room. "When I got on stage to that sold out crowd in First Ave it was like a dream come true! We're talking 1500 people. I hope to rock crowds like that on a regular basis!"
"Moving forward, my goal is to relentlessly exercise the tear ducts, spinal chords and vocal chords of all who lend an ear to my music. I wanna make people shed tears of joy and pain, feel that familiar tingle down their spines, and nod their heads with conviction, all while experiencing bits of laughter here and there (laughs). I wish to travel and earn a living doing so. Working with a handful of my favorite artists and leaving my own distinguished mark on the game will be the icing on the cake."
To date, Tall Paul has released two solo projects for free digital download. Ahead of the Game, a weekly series in which he released a song every day the Minnesota Vikings played (during the 2012 NFL football season), and the Birthday Present EP, released on his birthday of this year, 4/21/13. His bilingual Ojibwe-English hit single titled "Prayers in a Song" garnered over 200,000 YouTube views in the first 2 weeks. This song can be found on his first ever release from 2010, entitled Brothers: From Different Fathers and Mothers, which was independently released with his former group mate G.Malicious as 'Point of Contact'.