Watch Tall Paul's New Video for "Walk Rite"


Anishinaabe MC Tall Paul releases a new music video for the track, "Walk Rite".

For the past several years, Minneapolis-based, hip-hop artist Tall Paul has been dropping tracks as part of his #AheadoftheGame series/mixtape, where he releases a new song each week the Minnesota Vikings play, prior to the game.

Last year he compiled those tracks into the Ahead of the Present mixtape, a nice collection of hip-hop jams and thoughtful lyrics.

Now the sunny and soulful, Bahwee-produced joint, "Walk Rite", gets a fresh visual treatment—just in time for #ThrowbackThursday—courtesy of Jake Handegard at Morningside Films and co-directed by Tall Paul. Check the clip and download the track below.

Watch Tall Paul - "Walk Rite"

DOWNLOAD: Tall Paul - "Walk Rite"

Tall Paul and Chase Manhattan Rise Up


Navigating the best and worst reactions from Native and non-Native audiences alike, Tall-Paul and Chase Manhattan hold their ground, stay true, and rise up in their hometown and internationally.

Tall Paul and Chase Manhattan have been building buzz and their names in the hip-hop scene across Turtle Island. Recently they both kept it close to home and talked with their shared hometown paper Minneapolis Star Tribune about their path in music, the power of sharing their work, and the ups and downs of getting labeled "Indian" in the industry.

Both rappers cite advantages and disadvantages to being designated as Indian rappers. On the plus side, they naturally stand out from the crowd. But there’s also a certain lack of respect from more mainstream rap crowds, who see them as something of a novelty.

Said Paul, “It makes you unique, but you still have to be a good rapper first or they won’t take you seriously.”

They also have been shunned at times by other Indians, especially elder leaders who see rap music as a scurrilous artistic pursuit — a generational gap common to any hip-hop artist.

“I’ve had some elders say to me, ‘Why are you trying to act black?’ ” Chase said, shaking his head. “That’s them being racist.”

Neither wants to be pigeonholed as an Indian rapper, and both have more songs that don’t refer to their heritage than ones that do. They are as likely to take gigs in clubs — including small-town bars near rural Indian populations around Minnesota and Wisconsin and the Dakotas — as they are to play pow-wows or other traditional native events.

Still, they said, they will never again shy away from bringing out their native past in their music.

“I’ve gone on stage in front of 500 people and brought attention to the issues the native people face, and I think that’s a powerful, important thing,” said Chase.

Read the full story: Native tongues: Tall Paul and Chase Manhattan bring traditions to hip-hop

Indigenous Movies and Music Series


Throughout the summer, outdoor movie screenings are a regular event in many cities and music festivals fill every weekend. This summer, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation board has combined the two, through an Indigenous filter, into one series.

Minneapolis is apparently home to one of the largest Native American communities in the States and the outdoor festival Indigenous Movies and Music takes place at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

The four-part weekly series began August 8th, but that leaves two more Tuesdays to go. Coming up:

Tuesday August 16 Musical performance by Indigie Femme – the innovative traditional sound from duo of Navajo artist Tash Terry and Maori/Samoan artist Elena Higgins.

With short films: Magic Wands, The Garden (Tsi tkahéhtayen), Rez Runner and Apache 8.

Tuesday August 23 Musical performance by Chase Manhattan – 2010 Nammy winning hip hop artist.

With films: Wapawekka and Of Mice and Men.

For more information on the artists, films and festival, visit