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 Manhatten 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

VIDEO: Joey Stylez – “Take A Picture”

 By: Ron Harris aka Ostwelve


Here’s a new video from Joey Stylez for his song Take A Picture directed by Laura Milliken of Big Soul Productions.
Showing his diversity as an artist, this song and video takes us into the mainstream style of production and is a great looking video by Stressed Street’s most prolific artist.

Click here to watch the video Take A Picture at RPM.fm.

Be sure to request this video on MuchMusic.

VIDEO: Joey Stylez – “Take A Picture”

Here’s a new video from Joey Stylez for his song Take A Picture directed by Laura Milliken of Big Soul Productions.

Showing his diversity as an artist, this song and video takes us into the mainstream style of production and is a great looking video by Stressed Street’s most prolific artist.

Click here to watch the video Take A Picture at RPM.fm.

Be sure to request this video on MuchMusic.

DOWNLOAD: Mixed Breed – “Automatic Platinum Hit”

A new download from Tuscon’s own Mixed Breed and their song Automatic Platinum Hit.

Hailing from Tuscon in the land of Arizona, Mixed Breed is a new collective fresh out of the halls of high school making some amazing music. Consisting of Ali Baby, Chino, Annalex and Lil Shugz, Mixed Breed is a new group to keep your ears on.

Here we have a download of their new track Automatic Platinum Hit from their debut album Ali Baby presents Mixed Breed: The BEGINNING”.

DOWNLOAD: Mixed Breed – “Automatic Platinum Hit”

New Indigenous Music Releases – March 2012 By:

There’s new music being made every moment, and here are the three newest releases from Indigenous artists for the month of March!

The debut full-length album from A Tribe Called Red has been long awaited and much anticipated to say the least. Released this week as a free download, the purveyors of “pow wow step” flex their creativity through the diverse musical landscapes of hip-hop, dancehall, moombahton and electronic styles.

This month saw another debut from newcomer Ali Baby - who RPM profiled last month in DJ DoezIt and Ali Baby: Native Rap in High School Hallways. As Mixed Breed, Ali Baby with Chino, Annalex and Lil Shugz, have released The Beginning a mix of rap, r&b, hip-hop, rock and country. It is also a free download! Go get it here: facebook.com/mixedbreedmusic.

Last but not least, a very exciting release from Delmore Recordings is a recently unearthed recording by Karen Dalton. 1966  features Karen solo on banjo and guitar, plus four duets with Richard Tucker. The recordings are intimate, unfiltered and stirring. You can get 1966 digitally, on CD or vinyl at delmorerecordings.com.

If you haven’t already, click here to see the full article at RPM.fm, and to download the debut self-titled album from A Tribe Called Red for free!