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Paul Wenell, Jr.

 

TRIBE: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

MEDIUM: Hip-Hop Artist

LOCATION: Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Paul Wenell, Jr. grew up listening to hip-hop from all regions.

In 2009, Paul decided to take rhyming more seriously, both recording and performing live for the first time. Paul performs and records under the name Tall Paul.

Still young in his career, Tall Paul has already performed in some of 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." 

The music video for his bilingual Anishinaabemowin and English track titled "Prayers In A Song" has reached over a quarter of a million views on YouTube and opened avenues for more live performance opportunities. 

"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," Paul says. "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. I wanna travel and earn a living doing so. Working with a handful of my favorite artists and leaving my own distinguished mark in hip-hop will be the icing on the cake."