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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

"Letter to the Ghetto" by Pasadena rapper DOMINANCE


Friday, December 12, 2014

Chuck Maverick exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue22 "Key Lewis @ The Ice House"

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Larry McZeal Exclusive Interview on WilsonBlock100 Radio


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Larry McZeal & Bing Bing #bringingittogether

Local Artists connect for an opportunity to demonstrate peace & unity.

Altadena Artist Hard Reign interview with ThaWilsonBlock

Read interview here: http://www.thawilsonblock.com/1/post/2014/12/altadena-artist-hard-reign-exclusive-interview-with-thawilsonblock.html

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pasadena Artist DOMINANCE moving around the city

Pasadena Artist DOMINANCE is actively moving between music scenes throughout the southland promoting his new project Thanks 4 Tha Support EP. Look out for his performance at tha first I'm A Local Artist Showcase event on January 10th in Pasadena.

Friday, November 14, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue21 "The Power of Positive Role Models"

http://issuu.com/thawilsonblock/docs/thawilsonblock_magazine_issue21_the/0



Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Expectations" by DOMINANCE (Thanks 4 Tha Support EP) ***1st Single***


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Famine No One Is Talking About (HHSP) #Feed50k


#Feed50K

The Famine No One Is Talking About

    On July 9, 2011, South Sudan officially gained its independence from Sudan. The young nation’s brief history has been a tumultuous one. Since December of 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a bitter civil war between the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups. Thousands have already perished, and the violence persists despite an official cease-fire.
    In addition to loss of life, approximately 1.1 million South Sudanese have been forced to flee from their homes to refugee camps, such as those in the Gambella region of western Ethiopia. These refugees have also been cut off from food and other vital resources. Livestock has been lost, and farmers have been unable to plant and harvest crops due to the ongoing fighting. In fact, The United Nations considers South Sudan’s current situation the “worst in the world” when it comes to food. By the end of the year, it is estimated that 235,000 child refugees could be facing malnourishment, and 50,000 of them could die from starvation.

    With other world events occupying the vast majority of the media’s attention, the plight of the South Sudanese refugees has not received the attention that it warrants, and therefore they are not getting all of the help they need. That is where organizations like the Humanity Helping Sudan Project come in.
    The Humanity Helping Sudan Project (HHSP) works to “help refugees help themselves” by providing equipment and supplies that they can use to sustain themselves in the refugee camps, such as fishing nets, chicken farms and wells for drinking water. Manyang Reath Kher, a Gambella refugee and University of Richmond alumnus, founded HHSP in 2008. Over the past six years, the organization has garnered support from several sponsors, most notably VH1, Whole Foods Market, Allegro Coffee, and the American Red Cross. HHSP is also a certified non-government organization, or NGO.
    To aid the 50,000 at-risk child refugees and bring attention to the ongoing famine in South Sudan, Humanity Helping Sudan Project is launching the FEED50K campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise at least $50,000 — one dollar per fishing net — to go towards promoting sustainability and growth within the camps instead of simply solving immediate hunger. The campaign will take place primarily through social media websites such as Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram using the simple statement #FEED50k.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Mistah Wilson catches up with Brooke Jean for exclusive interview on Poetry, Inspiration, and the meaning behind TheConquerEra.


Mistah Wilson: Thanks for coming through for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. We are truly honored to have you.
How have you been, Brooke?
Brooke Jean: Thank you for having me I love the support you provide and inspiration you provide to the community. I am well blessed and excited for this continuous journey of self expression and connection with humanity.

Mistah Wilson: Before we go any further, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Brooke Jean: I am an individual who tells stories in poetic form. A writer, poet and spoken word artist. I was born and raised in Los Angeles County and writing has always been my self therapy and meditation. I did not foresee me choosing this career path back in high school but God works in mysterious ways. Positive vibes and good energy are the basis of my performances and my stories are meant to inspire from my learned life lessons. 

Mistah Wilson: We first recognized you as the winner for the MyRisingTide competition and the luncheon you had with Russell Simmons. How did that come together and what kind of experience was it for you?
Brooke Jean: The MyRisingTide competition was something I came across on social media from a great motivational speaker Billionaire PA of Wealthy Minds. I entered the contest 2 weeks before submissions closed and out of 60 other contestants I won the grand prize due to my supporters voting. It was an once in a
lifetime feeling being mentored by a business mogul and free spirited entrepreneur who also shared the same passion of art as I do. I learned a lot and still utilize his tips in my business decisions. You can find the 10 minute video on YouTube.
Mistah Wilson: For those who may not already know, what type of artist are you?
Brooke Jean: I am a spoken word artist who performs over music in various forms. I may have a full band and singers performing full songs with my poetry in song format. I also may perform my poetry with just one musician backing my words for emotional effect. 
Mistah Wilson: We were fortunate to catch your performance at Sidewalk Cafe's Live @ The Loft event and you completely owned the stage! How was your experience performing there and was it your first time performing in Pasadena?
Brooke Jean: Thank you! It was such a welcoming intimate experience and the men and women were very appreciative of my artistry. I felt like I was in a room with family and nothing but good energy was passed around. It was my first performance in
Pasadena and I'm excited to return in the future.
Mistah Wilson: You have such great stage presence. What all venues have you performed at?
Brooke Jean: Thank you! I performed at The Nuyurican Poet Cafe in New York, Busboys and Poets cafe in Washington D.C., Key Club and House of Blues in Hollywood CA and various open mic venues in Los Angeles County.

Mistah Wilson: We are aware that you recited poetry over the radio. Can you tell us a little about that?
Brooke Jean: I worked with the OneMic OneVoice radio station reciting weekly poetry for about a year. That was an amazing opportunity that my management at the time, Robust Entertainment, provided for me to reach viewers on a weekly basis. 

Mistah Wilson: What is the meaning behind TheConquerEra?
Brooke Jean: The Conquer Era represents anyone overcoming
obstacles or road blocks in their life and their ability to never give up on themselves. It's more of a mantra of a movement formulated to inspire and motivate others to motivate themselves.

Mistah Wilson: Your music is inspirational and your lyrics are powerful. Who or what inspires the content in your music?
Brooke Jean: People inspire me with their experiences and I go through life's lessons simultaneously. I'm really strong on energy and good vibes because it makes life so much clearer. Everyday we experience a variety of emotions and situations that define who we are. Inspiring!

Mistah Wilson: Tell me one thing you love the most about being an artist...
Brooke Jean: I love this question! I really love the freedom of self expression. I get to release everything within me without limitations. It's my therapy and a gift God has given me to connect with the world.

Mistah Wilson: What would you say has been the most challenging thing for you as an artist?
Brooke Jean: Going through my growing stages I really had a
hard time focusing on who I was and where I was headed. Once I figured that out the continuous challenge has been perfecting everything I touch. I get caught up in over perfecting things and have to remember as long as my best effort was given everything is perfect.

Mistah Wilson: What are your views on the state of the music industry and where it's headed?
Brooke Jean: I believe the industry is filled with a lot of trends and the fear of individuality. There are many genuine artist in the music industry who are slowly breaking the barriers to mainstream music and we need more of that. Everyone doesn't have to make party music 100% of the time, I love to hear stories.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music?
Brooke Jean: I plan on giving people the confidence to embrace their past trials and tribulations so they can fuel their future with
strength. My music is deeply rooted in neo-soul and mellow hip hop vibes. I like to bring the motivation and the calm breeze to people's soul.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists you've worked with and who would you like to work with?
Brooke Jean: I've worked with a lot of local artist in Los Angeles. I've worked with Kendrick Lamar on Section 80 and Terrace Martin on 3 Chord Fold. Though my poetry wasn't used for either final album submission it was definitely an honor and growth experience. I also worked with artist within the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. I would LOVE to work with Eryakh Badu Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott. Those queens are the inspiration behind my vibe of music.

Mistah Wilson: So, tell me a little about A Poet's Intuition EP. Will you eventually release the sequel album?
Brooke Jean: A Poets Intuition EP was released in 2011. It was my introduction to the world of music and my baby steps as a growing artist. I summarized my experiences from 2009/2010 and outlined
my future life goals. I've come so much further as an individual since then and my next release "Reform" will showcase that. Coming soon :D

Mistah Wilson: What went into making this project and where were you mentally as an artist? What were you trying to say?
Brooke Jean: A lot of sacrifice went into making A Poets Intuition. Working a full time job, studio sessions, decision making with my manager at the time and just being comfortable with letting the world inside my most intimate thoughts. Mentally I was a baby bird, anxious to take the next steps and willing to overcome anything to get there. Everything I was trying to say has been said in the EP.

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the community to you?
Brooke Jean: Giving back is very important. I get all my good energy and vibes from the people I am blessed to meet throughout my lifetime. My form of giving is the God given gift of words. I not only get to inspire by example but receive that same inspiration
back from the community.

Mistah Wilson: Do you have any positive, encouraging words for any up and coming artists?
Brooke Jean: You will go through heaven and hell as you progress to make a name for yourself. You will realize a lot of people do not support you but on the other hand tons of other beautiful beings are there the entire journey. Your faith will be tested and your strength will be teased. Never give up if you're truly passionate about being an artist. You can NOT be in it for the money because your character will fall victim to the dollar.

Mistah Wilson: One last thing. Where do you find your motivation when pursuing your dreams?
Brooke Jean: I see elders 60-90 years old and hear stories of how unhappy they are in their  J O B and with life in general. When I realized material items and money do not hold the key to my heart,
I promised myself I will never grow old unhappy doing what I don't want to do. Even if pursuing my dream leads me to homelessness, my motivation will always find a way back on my feet.
Mistah Wilson: Brooke Jean, I'd like to thank you for coming by ThaWilsonBlock for this exclusive interview. It's been great and insightful. Before we check out, drop your links and some shout outs!
Brooke Jean: Thank you for having me and continuously inspiring the city of Pasadena! We need more great leaders like yourself around. Shout out to my mother for being my #1 Fan and never giving up on me. Shout out to family friends and supporters for forever riding this journey with me.

Instagram: @Brooke_Jean
Twitter: @Brooke_Jean

Monday, August 4, 2014

Manyang Reath Kher makes lasting impression in Pasadena

The last week of June 2014, Sudanese refugee Manyang Reath Kher visited Pasadena to spread awareness of his cause. He did interviews, spoke, and even donated a few gifts for some of the youth at Hathaway-Sycamores Transitional Living Program. Manyang was embraced at Pasadena City Hall and and has made a lasting impression on foster youth and local artists in the community.

It's when people hear his story. The part where all odds are against him. He gets bitten by a King Cobra snake. No hospitals nearby. Gets electrocuted. Survives. And makes it. What he has to say has become highly valued to ears young & old.

For those who may not know, Manyang Reath Kher was brought to Pasadena by local artist Bing Bing in attempt to spread awareness of the cause of the Sudanese people. The two individuals were connected by way of J. Allison, a PR and marketing agent in the Southeastern United States. Initially, the plan was for Mistah Wilson to produce an article interview for Manyang and publish it on ThaWilsonBlock Network. After delays in the production of the interview, Bing Bing offered to host Manyang Reath Kher in Pasadena to share his message and promote the cause of his organization Humanity Helping Sudan Project. It turned out to be a successful run as Manyang had the opportunity in meeting the Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard and his field representative Rhonda Stone, appearing as a guest on The Color of Success Talk Show, and even meeting with local, native artists in the community.

Word going around is that Bing Bing's ambitious 33mile walk will be in light of refugees in war-town countries who have had to travel countless miles for food & water. "Sometimes here in America we tend to forget how good we have it compared to those around the world who don't have access to the bare necessities," says a passionate Bing Bing, who is expected to collaborate with the Humanity Helping Sudan project. "The cause of refugees and what they have to go through is what I will walk for." This is how Manyang has left a lasting impression in Pasadena, Ca. He ignited something in the community that will soon offset the game. This has become bigger than music for these local artists who are to join Bing Bing for this walk from the mountains to the beach. The 33mile walk is taking place on August 20th, 2014.

Stay tuned...


Pasadena Music Scene

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue17 "Manyang meets Mayor of Pasadena"

http://issuu.com/thawilsonblock/docs/thawilsonblock_magazine_issue17__ma


Monday, July 7, 2014

"Already At Ah Hunnid" by Imani Akil & Phil Phree (True Spitters)

Pasadena Music Scene

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sudanese Refugee Manyang Reath Kher well received in Pasadena, Ca


It happened spontaneously. Sudanese refugee Manyang Reath Kher connected with local artist Bing Bing to spread awareness of the state of Sudan in Pasadena, Ca. Before his arrival, he had a busy week planned for him to get the word out about his cause. On Sunday June 22nd, 2014, Manyang touched down at LAX and stayed at a hotel in Pasadena. Tuesday June 24th, 2014 at 11:00a, Manyang made the commencement speech at Rosemarys Children Services post-grad award ceremony at The Shakespeare Club and touched on how life was for him growing up without parents in another part of the world. It was good for the girls who graduated the program to hear as they transition into independent living. Manyang was embraced by the staff and girls at Rosemarys after making the speech.


Later that day, Manyang spoke to youth & staff at Hathaway-Sycamores TAY (Transitional Age Youth) program. The speech was arranged around their weekly meetings with the young adults in their program. Manyang spoke for a good hour and answered questions about how he managed to make it out of a tough situation. After the speech, Staff at Hathaway-Sycamores labeled
Manyang a "good find". Manyang also donated 2 bicycles to youth who Manyang was well-received by the staff and youth at the Hathaway-Sycamores TAY program.
answered questions about education and working hard in life.

On Wednesday June 25th, 2014 at 11:00a, Manyang met with Mayor of Pasadena Bill Bogaard. Manyang shared his experiences, mission, and upcoming events with the Mayor and even brought him a T-Shirt as a gift on behalf of the Humanity Helping Sudan Project. Mr. Kher was given an exclusive tour of the City Hall building including the wall of all Mayors of Pasadena and the City Council Chambers. It was definitely an unforgettable experience. Shortly after meeting with the Mayor, Manyang went over to Pasadena City College where he did an
exclusive audio interview on "Over Coffee" with Dot Canon.

Manyang took Thursday & Friday to do some quick catching up with friends in Los Angeles. Saturday evening, he appeared as a guest on The Color of Success talk show hosted by Ontresicia Averette & Carolyn Wiggins at Pasadena Media. He took pictures and
was presented with a custom gift from Otto Evans of Obvious Giant clothing company. Shortly after the show was over, Manyang was dropped off at the airport to head back home.

Manyang Reath Kher's story is a compelling one. It's a story of hope and triumph. A story of abandonment and neglect. Bing Bing sought to bring this together to effectively progress his work in Social Awareness and help those in need at the same time. Manyang says he may come back to Pasadena in September 2014, but we will see what happens...

Friday, June 20, 2014

"Phazes" mixtape by Ol Sol (A Left Method Project)

Pasadena Music Scene

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pasadena artist XL Middleton on Soundcloud

Pasadena Music Scene

Pasadena artist ZONEIAK MCGEE on Soundcloud

Pasadena Music Scene

Pasadena artist IceMan Da Prophet on Soundcloud

Pasadena Music Scene

Pasadena rapper MIC drops new music visual "RSVP" (A Night At The Beach)



Pasadena Music Scene

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Los Angeles poet Brooke Jean is coming to #Pasadena

www.BrookeJean.com

Los Angeles, Ca based poet Brooke Jean is known for her eclectic, concious vibe and sound. And guess what? She is coming to #Pasadena to perform at Live @ The Loft in the Hen's Teeth Square at The Sidewalk Cafe venue (2057 N. Los Robles Pasadena, Ca 91104)

Pasadena Music Scene

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue16 "The Orca"

http://issuu.com/thawilsonblock/docs/thawilsonblock_magazine_issue16__th


How Pasadena ignores it's true essence...

The City of Pasadena is a world-renowned town with a lot to it. It's a big small town with it's own attractions, politics, and it's own money. For the past 7 years, The City of Pasadena has been ignoring the cause of it's native local artists. And the community is starting to take notice.

The local artists in and from Pasadena don't have many (if any at all) organizations that cater to the local artists who live in Pasadena, grew up in Pasadena, and have stories in Pasadena. No one has their best interest at heart. It is interesting, though. If you take a look at Pasadena's music scene today, you'll see cliques of local artists working together. But still, there is no organization there to bridge the gap between the many different movements in the city. Something that is crucial to the success of a united local music scene.

Week after week, local artists glance at the cover of the Pasadena Weekly only to find that they go unnoticed yet again. It sent a shock to the music scene when the weekly recently gave a cover to Rock/Soul/Fusion band The Letters Home, a band currently based out of Pasadena. Local artists from around the music scene appreciated seeing that. But sure enough, next week's cover went way left field. PW constantly features artists from other places. Glendale. Calremont. Anywhere other than Pasadena/Altadena. Local, native artists do not appreciate Pasadena Weekly using the Pasadena name and not including the local artists who make up a big part of the community.

The City of Pasadena can claim to have "a stronghold on the local music scene." To a degree, that may be true. But let's take a look at what a local music scene is. Is it the venues around the city that make up a city's music scene or is it the local artists from that town? Arguably, both. You just can't have one without the other. Pasadena has strong pride, but not enough culture. The City governance and organizations are so disconnected from the native local artists that many of them are not considered for a festival like MakeMusicPasadena. Hardly any Pasadena artists performed in Pasadena during the street-filled MakeMusicPasadena festival in 2014. For the native local artists, it hurts.

It's even been hard for local artists to perform at the annual Black History Parade & Festival in
Pasadena. Jarvis Emerson of the Jackie Robinson Center and Paco Swartz banned almost 10 local artists from performing at the festival this year compromising the Bringing It Together movement, a movement started by actual native local artists in the community. They had personal reasons for blocking the 8 local artists who were ready to perform. And when one of the local artists submitted an unsatisfactory grievance to the Jackie Robinson Center, he received hate mail from a third-party before Jarvis Emerson of the Jackie Robinson Center ever responded to the Email. This event was yet another example of how the City of Pasadena ignores its true essence. It's local artists. It's native artists who live in Pasadena. Grew up in Pasadena. Walk in Pasadena. Went to school in Pasadena. Raised kids in Pasadena.

Pasadena artists today are proactive in building their name and brand. If any of the mainstream publications in Pasadena actually went out into the Pasadena community in search for a local artist to cover, that would not only revive local culture, but bring about unity. A local music scene should work something like a music industry for that specific town. All active artists should be known by the community. "If the City of Pasadena and it's media outlets continue to ignore the cause of it's native artists in the community, we will take matters in our own hands and perform on the streets without permits," says a frustrated local artist from Pasadena's East side. "It's not that we feel the city owes us anything, but we know what a quality music scene looks like. And we know what it takes to get there.
All we need is cooperation from the City of Pasadena," explains a local female songwriter whose optimistic about the future of the local music scene.

There is definitely a new wave building in Pasadena. A new movement of local artists who are coming together for a common goal. Local artists are starting to invest in each other with their time, money, & resources. "Before we can truly expect the City of Pasadena to acknowledge us, we first have to bridge the gap between the different independent music movements in the city. Come together and bring up the collective local music scene," says Mistah Wilson of ThaWilsonBlock Network. "Because right now, you got cats like S Claz and 210West dropping mixtapes featuring local artists within their circle. Very rarely are we reaching out to other local movements for anything. And it says loud & clear that most of us only care about our own well-being."

There are still movements in Pasadena who don't embrace the Pasadena Music Scene. Local artists claim they want to "put the city on" but lack the ability to come together. Are you trying to put the city on or have it under your foot stool? Because a local artist who really wants to put the city on will have the interests of any & every other local artist in town. -Pasadena Music Scene

Saturday, May 10, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue15 "Mixed Kids"

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mistah Wilson interviews Singer/Performer Hummingbird on Music, Inspiration, and Influences

Mistah Wilson interviews Singer/Performer

Hummingbird on Music, Inspiration, and Influences


Mistah Wilson: Hummingbird! Glad to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. How have you been?
Hummingbird: Hi!! Thank you for having me! I’ve been good thanks for asking! :)

Mistah Wilson: Just so our readers know who we're talking to, can you give us a quick background of yourself?
Hummingbird: Well, my name is Hummingbird aka Holly K. I started singing at the age of two, recording my own material at the age of 14 and I currently have a single out on Itunes called “It’s Me”.

Mistah Wilson: We don't mean to toot your horn, but you are a very talented singer. How long have you been singing?
Hummingbird: Thank you very much! I’ve been singing since I was two

Mistah Wilson: Would you say you're a dancer, too?
Hummingbird: Yes I would actually. I have experience in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and a little bit of Modern.

Mistah Wilson: Are you currently on any management or are you independent?
Hummingbird: Yes I’m signed with a family owned record label. Mystylerecords.


Mistah Wilson: Who are some of your musical influences?
Hummingbird: My top five would have to be Brandy, Mariah Carey, Tamar Braxton, Beyonce, and of course the great Whitney Houston.

Mistah Wilson: Where do you get your inspiration from when writing music?
Hummingbird: Well, almost all of my songs where created from real experiences. Whenever something happens to me that had some sort of affect on me, I’ll write a song about it.

Mistah Wilson: What are you currently working on?
Hummingbird: I’m currently working on my second album.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists you've worked with?
Hummingbird: The only popular name you’d know is Solange Knowles, but I’ve also worked with a jazz artist by the name of Calvin Harris Jr., and a lot of underground artists.

Mistah Wilson: What places have you performed at?
Hummingbird: I performed at an event for Elle Magazine.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music?
Hummingbird: I want my music to make lasing impressions on my listeners. It is my hope that my music makes such an impact on my listeners that in ten years when they look back at important moments in their lives, my music is their soundtrack.

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the community?
Hummingbird: I think it’s always important to give back. It’s so important to uplift the next generation so they don’t have to go


through the same things my generation went through. Otherwise there’s no growth. You always have to be thankful and show appreciation and what’s a better way to do that than to give back!

Mistah Wilson: Well, thanx a lot for coming through for this exclusive interview with us! If you have any shout outs, let's hear em!
Hummingbird: Thank you! Shout out to Mystyle Records, Neversleep Productions and the amazing people behind them, my family is everything to me!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue14 "Man's Other Best Friend"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue13 "Bing Bing Completes LA Marathon."


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue12 "We Are Anonymous"

We Are Anonymous + Martin Luther King March "Unity & Peace" walk + Gaslight Street Interview + Otto Evans + Zachary Sampier + Tammy Minnitt + much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue11 "Ending Gang Violence...And What It Really Means"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue10 "King Of My Own Country"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue9 "The Beauty In Depression"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue8 "Erinn's Meals In Heels"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue7 "Mistah Wilson Puts Stronghold on Pasadena's Music Scene"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine SPECIAL EDITION "Trayvon Martin, Kendrec McDade, Davontae Sanford, Social Awareness"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue5 "PokeyLo: Pasadena's Hottest New Rapper"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue4 "Washington Blvd. ThaWilsonBlock Network Celebrates 5 Years"


ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue3 "Mother's Day / No Unity In Tha Community"

Our 1st ever Mother's Day edition featuring a special Hello to all mothers out there. Also: Why There is No Unity in tha Community + Wildcard Exclusive Interview w/ ThaWilsonBlock +  Anastasia Belvidere + Zook + Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Rhyme Disciples + much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue2 "In Remembrance of a King King: A Local Legend"

In Remembrance of King King, a local legend. Also: Tha Hater's Favorite + Cali Allstarr + Altadena's Coffee Gallery + Christy Phillips + The Color of Success + Pasadena Music Scene +  Pronto Catering & Delivery services + Faith Rose album review + Sidewalk Cafe + much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Debut Issue "McDonald Park"

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine brings you the debut issue of it's first official publication. Includes: PokeyLo + Erinn's Meals In Heals +Hathaway-Sycamores + Pasadena Music Scene + Davontae Sanford, + Chief Gang + Bigg Bump + Phil Phree + Marcus Cash + John Eklof + Rough City + Have Hope In Your Hood + Latoya Rhodes + Tobi Hero Signature Guitars +  much more...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Relly 2euce releases 2009 throwback "The Round Table" mixtape by Ave Troops. Assures fans that his debut solo project is on the way

Relly 2euce releases 2009 throwback "The Round Table" mixtape by Ave Troops. Assures fans that his debut solo project is on the way


The man who claims to have the most collabos amongst his circle is about to prove why. Pasadena, Ca rap artist Relly 2euce is releasing a 2009 throwback mixtape "The Round Table" exclusively on ThaWilsonBlock Network.

On behalf of the Ave Troops, Relly 2euce is releasing a collection of music that hit the streets but didn't quite get the online promotion that it needed. The Ave Troops, who consist of Black Santa aka Phat Rat, Relly 2euce, Jon2, &Belvidere, scored collaborations with other local 'icons' who are well known on the indie underground circuit in pasadena such as FatherMayEye, who recently appeared in "Beyond Banging - Outgrowing Gang Life" article in The DENA Magazine's debut issueFatherMayEye also has an extensive resume when it comes to making music and being involved. Nicky BeacHouses, a legend in the making, also appeared on an exclusive track with Relly 2euce called "Life is Too Short" which is definitely worth checking out. J Rell also came through and jumped on a track with Relly 2euce & Black Santa called "Candyman." You gotta get a bar of that!

With The Round Table mixtape, Relly 2euce sought puttin together a mixtape with the hottest artists on the indie underground circuit in the city. Even if you were a new artist, if you were on your grind, Relly was open to working with you. "Icons" is what he was looking for.

During the time this mixtape was in production, Ave Troop member Belvidere was incarcerated and so he did not make an appearance on The Round Table mixtape. But make no mistake, he is very well a part of Ave Troops. There may be a volume 2 to The Round Table mixtape series that will very much have songs with Belvidere on them. So don't even trip.

Relly 2euce has really been on his grind lately. Releasing his 1st single "Mr. Dixon" on his debut solo project "Verbal Abuse" which is due out real soon. 2euce also appeared on a recent collaboration with Bing Bing called "Tha Ghetto," a mixtape track over "Ghetto" byFeddie Gibbs that will be going on Bing Bing's new mixtape MUSIC & ME as well as Verbal Abuse. Aside from what's happening online, Relly 2euce is a one-man street team. His main grind is promoting Pasadena Music and being a positive example for Urban Youth & Artists in communities not just in his city, but wherever he goes. You can tell he has Pasadena Music in his best interest. And he even assures us here at ThaWilsonBlock that his debut solo project IS COMING!!!

Mistah Wilson interviews Jason Hardin of The DENA Magazine on Business, Community, & Media


Mistah Wilson: When we first met you, The DENA Magazine wasn’t in existence yet. What led you to create your own publication?
Jason Hardin: When I first created The DENA Magazine, I wanted to produce a product that utilized my skills in graphic design and that promoted the local talent and businesses that I support.

Mistah Wilson: What made you decide to focus on the local level?
Jason Hardin: I believe that when you’re trying to accomplish something, you have to start close and work your way out. Besides that, Pasadena has been at the center of almost every major moment in my life, and I wanted to give back to it.

Mistah Wilson: So what’s up with HardTV?
Jason Hardin: Hard TV was the first public access show I produced and directed. It was also my introduction to media and the reason I fell in love with what I do now. Due to The DENA Magazine’s demand for my time, the show is currently on hiatus. However when the time is right, I plan to relaunch it bigger and better than ever before.

Mistah Wilson: You’re quite the graphic designer and businessman. What products have you worked on?
Jason Hardin: Besides my publication, I’ve worked on so many products and projects over the years. I don’t think I can even remember them all. I’ve done album artwork for many independent artist and producers such as Paco Swartz, Steven Sneed, Mike Towns, Zook, Faith Rose, and K Reese, just to name a few. I’ve also produced many advertising and promotional products for a number of individuals, companies, and organizations like iDeposit.net, Noor Events, and the City of Pasadena’s Recreation and Human Resources Department.

Mistah Wilson: Being that you were a Bulldog, how do you feel about Pasadena High School’s loss in this year’s Turkey Tussle?
Jason Hardin: As a bulldog, watching our football team lose the Tussle is never easy. We won the “Bell” when I was in high school, and that feeling is absolutely amazing! I cover it every year in hopes of seeing this younger generation experience that same excitement we felt, as well as to experience it again myself. There’s honestly nothing like it!

Mistah Wilson: Do you think it’s okay that Muir wins every year because PHS has a better academic & basketball program? Do you think that’s a valid statement and why?
Jason Hardin: I believe that the academic program and the basketball program of PHS is better, but I don’t believe that’s the reason why Muir wins. I can attribute Muirs victories in the Turkey Tussle to a lot of other factors such as coaching, scouting, sponsorship, city politics, and even public safety.

Mistah Wilson: Since you created The DENA Magazine, you’ve manifested into an influential figure in the community. What are your thoughts on the random acts of violence transpiring from time to time in Pasadena?
Jason Hardin: First, I believe these acts are anything but random, especially in a city with such a strong history of gangs and gang violence. The fact that there’s been about 30 murders in five years within the same 3 mile radius in a city that’s only 23 square miles big shows that there are more forces at work than just knucklehead youngsters. The entire community plays a part in this violence, including the city government.

Mistah Wilson: This year you worked on the Pasadena Idol competition with S Claz, Paco Swartz, & REBORN. Will we see an article of the winner in DENA MAG’S next issue?
Jason Hardin: Yes. “Chelsea J” was the winner of the 2012 Pasadena Idol competition, and she will definitely be featured in our next issue along with an article written by her and an ad for her campaign that deals with helping young girls deal with the issues of growing up.

Mistah Wilson: What are some of the good things you love about what you do?
Jason Hardin: I love the fact that this industry allows me access to some of the most interesting and influential people in the city and beyond. Not having graduated college or been born into a wealthy family, I never pictured I would have this level of access so early in my career. Another thing I love is that I am now able to open many doors that have been closed to me in the past. This allows me to create opportunities for myself and others in a way that couldn’t if i was doing anything else. Also, I just get a kick out of being invited to places that some people can’t even pay to get into.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires your creativity?
Jason Hardin: Since you can’t control life, you can’t control where inspiration comes from. Anything and everything inspires me! No matter where I’m at or what I’m doing, I’m always thinking of how what’s going on can be applied to what I’m trying to accomplish. The key is being able to identify the value of any experience, good or bad.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to achieve with The DENA Magazine?
Jason Hardin: I want The DENA Magazine to add value to the name “Pasadena”. This adds value to anyone or anything associated with that name, creating more opportunities that benefit us all. To accomplish this, The DENA Magazine brand has to represent what it promotes, and that is the Inspiration, Influence, & Independence of not just Pasdena, but every community in the world.

Mistah Wilson: Who are your Top 10 artists from Pasadena and why?
Jason Hardin: Paco Swartz makes the list for a million reasons. He’s totally mastered his style and has one of the deepest catalog of hitters than anyone I know.... and he make beats.
Revelations has to be one of the most talented lyricist I know personally. This man used to pull me aside at parties and freestyle over whatever song was playing, and I swear it would be some of the dopest bars I’ve ever heard in life. I promise he’s gonna come out with a bangin album if I have to put it out myself.
The Grinch has been awesome a long time, and if he ever comes out with an album, it would be album of the year potential.
Mike Towns impressed me as a rapper back in high school when he performed at the Homecoming assembly and said, “I wanted a hot link, but couldn’t afford the cost, so I asked Ms Lilly to give me a bun and some sauce.”..... killed it.
Che Ski is an older artist I never knew too well personally, but his flow is hot, and he is definitely Dena.
Zone is just about the hardest working artist and most recognized artist out of Pasadena, and that’s why i respect him so much.
Riko Denaro will be the first artist off my own label, so you know he has to make my top 10 list.
Harold Blu makes the list because he has this mellow hustla’s flow that I enjoy listening to a lot. My favorite tracks by him are “The Fig Is In The House” and “Hustle Everyday” which I plan to do a music video for.
Zook has been a long time favorite of mine ever since 2003. I respect his style as well as the way he does business.
P.I. just has a lot of hot tracks in his repertoire . He can rap and sing his own hooks, and I can’t remember him making too many songs I didn’t like.

Mistah Wilson: How did you come to select Riko Clark as the official host of The DENA Magazine?
Jason Hardin: I initially started working with Riko when I chose him to host Hard TV after one of the funniest auditions I can remember. When I started “The DENA Magazine”, it was just a matter of transitioning him into a more professional personality. On top of everything else, he has to be one of the most solid members of my team, and I never have to question his loyalty. Besides that, I feed off his confidence which allows me to be more confident in what I do. We make a good team.

Mistah Wilson: We heard you on “Can’t Ignore The Game” with RIKO and we must say, you had a pretty nice verse. Have you ever considered being a rapper?
Jason Hardin: Like a lot of youngsters, the idea of being a “rapper” used to entertain me, but I never had much interest in it. What few people know is that in the industry, the recording artist is at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to getting paid. I had more interest in being a producer, but after a while, that didn’t even seem like enough for me. Eventually, I got into media and realized that this was the industry for me. But since I believe in creating product and since I got the hottest music crew in the city, you might still see me put an album out.

Mistah Wilson: Interesting enough.What are you creatively capable of in the entertainment field?
Jason Hardin: I feel I’m pretty well-rounded in this field. I can write, produce, direct, film, edit, market, organize and even play the politics of the game. As long as I’m not in front of the camera, I feel very confident in all I do in this business.

Mistah Wilson: What impact do you want to make in your community?
Jason Hardin: I want to be apart of the example that creates positive changes in our community. I want to show others that there are a million ways to become successful in life if you only apply yourself. I want to show people that you don’t have to start with all the money, connections, or good looks to do what so many think is impossible. To be honest, you don’t even have to believe that you can do it, as long act like it. I want to give young people the chance to experience things outside of the environment that they're used to, in hopes that they will be inspired to do something great, thus creating a better community for everyone.

Mistah Wilson: Who did you vote for in the 2012 Presidential Election?
Jason Hardin: I won’t discuss who I voted for, but I will say voting is a very important part of success in this business. With influence comes the power to persuade interest. When you can persuade interest, you can control a voters block. Once you control a voters block, you have political leverage to produce all kinds of opportunities for yourself and your community.

Mistah Wilson: Would you agree that politics plays a big role in business?
Jason Hardin: Politics is a major underlying factor of every business in every industry.

Mistah Wilson: You’ve attended Pasadena’s largest urban event the 11th Annual Yardnic at Brookside Park. How important is this event to the community?
Jason Hardin: I believe events like this are very important, because they actually represent the power of the community. That many young people coming together without a problem shows that we can accomplish anything if we do it together.

Mistah Wilson: Do you incorporate culture from AltaDENA and/or GarDENA in The DENA Magazine? Why or why not?
Jason Hardin: You can see the culture of all of America represented in the magazine. Few people realize the influence Pasadena actually has on the country and the entire world, which makes everything about this city important and relative to everyone else.

Mistah Wilson: It’s no question that you’re good at what you do. Would you care to share some encouraging words for up-and-coming entrepreneurs?
Jason Hardin: If you want your business to be successful, you have to eat, sleep, and breathe it! Being halfway in it, or making it a “side hustle” is not good enough. Even if it is a part-time venture, you better do it like that’s all you do. Also, it’s very important to have mentors to help guide you through the situations you can’t understand. And above everything else, you have to be doing something that you would damn near do even if you couldn’t make a dollar doing it!

Mistah Wilson: And where do you get your INDUSTRY TIPS OF THE DAY from?
Jason Hardin: I make them up as I go along. I think of so many throughout the day, that the best ones don’t even get seen. Recently I started writing them down in a notebook, because I would think of a good one and then forget it, and i hate that. Soon, I plan to put them all in a book or a manual and expanding on each one to help other professionals, entrepreneurs, or anyone in this industry.

Mistah Wilson: Got any shout outs? Let’s hear it!
Jason Hardin: I’d like to give a shot out to Steve Sneed, Paco Swartz, Riko Clark, David Walker, and the rest of my boys for always having my back in all I do. I also want to say “What’s up?” to all the beautiful and intelligent woman that definitely motivate me to be the best man I can be. And lastly, to “Monster” and the rest of my nieces and nephews, because without them, I wouldn’t have the desire to try so hard to succeed.

Mistah Wilson: Thanx for doing this exclusive interview with us, Mr. Hardin. You are very much appreciated!
Jason Hardin: Thank you. The honor and pleasure was all mine.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bing Bing leads 7 artists in Pasadena's 32nd Annual Black History Parade (2.15.14)

Shortly after Bing Bing's 21mile Walk through South Central Los Angeles to help End Gang Violence for the next generation, he was eager to keep the momentum going. After all, he did the walk on his 24th birthday, January 19th, 2014.

On February 15th, 2014, Bing Bing led another 7 local artists in the 32nd Annual Black History Parade in Pasadena, California to demonstrate a unified local music scene. The diverse group of local, native Pasadena artists were Bing Bing, Otto Evans, Zarkhi, Lematiq, Stephen Baldry, Phil Phree, J Byrd, & C.O Chosen One who marched down Fair Oaks Avenue chanting
"Who Are We?
"Pasadena Music Scene"
"What Are We Doing"
"Bringing It Together"

"How"
"Unity Now!"