ThaWilsonBlock Magazine

Friday, December 30, 2016

Why Bungalow Heaven stands as Pasadena's most significant neighborhood

Pasadena, California. A nation leader in historic preservation. Lets forget tha fact that Bungalow
Heaven is home of ThaWilsonBlock, today's source for the city's local music scene. According to the City of Pasadena and a federal registry, Bungalow Heaven stands as arguably tha most significant neighborhood in Pasadena, CA as far as architectural preservation is concerned. Dating back between 1888 - 1929, tha 16-block neighborhood was developed with one and two-story residential homes. Fast forward to the late 1980's, Bungalow Heaven has impressively managed to sustain and uphold it's intrinsic value.

Most bungalows built in Bungalow Heaven were during the Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. Because there was growing demand for industrialization during this period, tha individual craftsman had to hone his/her own creative skills. The typical bungalow is one-and-The Gamble House is the most prominent example of Arts & Crafts architecture in Pasadena, homes in Bungalow Heaven reflect the way typical families lived during that time period.
a-half stories high with open floor plans, wide verandas, and sloping roofs. Inside of these prestigious works of art feature many amenities that were built-in to the property like cabinets and shelves.

If you were to ask the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association or anyone down at Pasadena City Hall, chances are that they would confirm the neighborhood's boundaries are roughly bounded by Mentor Avenue to tha West, Orange Grove Boulevard to tha South, Washington Blvd to tha North, and Hill Ave to tha East. Though this may be technically true, today's residents have accepted the entire community from Lake to Hill, Washington to Orange Grove as part of Bungalow Heaven. The neighborhood features McDonald Park which covers approximately 4.9 acres.

But, why are we saying BH is Pasadena's most significant neighborhood? Aside from the fact that they boast a whopping 800+ Craftsman-style homes, it is Pasadena's largest landmark district that is  listed in tha National Register of Historic Places. Although Pasadena has many landmark districts, very few of them have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Bungalow Heaven, nestled in the North Central area of the city, is also recognized by the Office of Historic Preservation. To help readers gain a bit more clarity, let's quickly read about these agencies and what it means to be recognized by them.

Landmark District: A landmark district is a grouping of contiguous properties that is united by plan or physical development and represents a specific aspect of the city's history. Residents of a neighborhood begin the process by proposing a district and working  with city staff to define the boundaries of the district and organize a community meeting to inform property owners of the effects of landmark district designation.  The residents then submit an application to the City for designation of a landmark district.  At least 51% of affected property owners must sign the petition in support of the designation.  Public hearings are held before the Historic Preservation Commission,
Planning Commission, and City Council.  The City Council has the final authority to designate an area as a landmark district. For historic buildings, the City is authorized to use the State Historical Building Code, an alternative code that allows limited modifications to current building code standards.  The use of this code can save a property owner money (e.g., a porch railing that does not meet the current standards for height could be kept instead of replaced with a higher railing).  Landmark district designation also makes it possible for property owners to access professional consultation, free of charge, from City staff who have expertise in historic building rehabilitation. In addition, houses in designated landmark districts are eligible for a property tax reduction under the Historic Property Contract (Mills Act) program.
The National Register of Historic Places: The official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.

Office of Historic Preservation: The idea of an Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) began in 1953 with the establishment of the History Section of the Division of Beaches and Parks (the precursor to today's California State Parks). Eventually, in 1975, the Office of Historic Preservation was officially established within the offices of the Director of California State Parks. The formation of the OHP was an outgrowth of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, which called for the creation of a state agency to implement provisions of the law, including the preparation of a responsibilities of the OHP have grown to encompass a variety of federal and state preservation laws and agencies.
comprehensive historic preservation plan and a statewide survey of historical resources. Since its inception, the
The cool thing about Pasadena's amazing neighborhoods is that every landmark district has some sort of unique heritage. The Historic Highlands is one of the city's newer formed neighborhood districts, but it's awesome how their community spans into Altadena. Garfield Heights also covers some pretty cool ground. Orange Heights, a very small landmark area, is where Chris Holden is from, a California Assembly member for the SGV region.

If you would like to see these Bungalow Heaven beauties up close & personal, they host an annual home tour event of tha neighborhood to educate people and potential home buyers on the rich heritage and significance that dwells there.

Learn more about Bungalow Heaven and Pasadena's esteemed landmark districts

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Teena Marie's Legacy Lingers in Pasadena's San Rafael Neighborhood

Mistah Wilson locates R&B Legend Teena Marie's Pasadena,CA Residence
 Update: The original article claimed Teena Marie's Pasadena home was located in Linda Vista. Correction: Teena Marie's Pasadena, CA residence was located in the San Rafael area @ 1000 Laguna Road. Pasadena, CA 91105

Although the Ivory Queen of Soul and Rick James protege wasn't born in Pasadena, California, the fact that she lived off Laguna Road right here in Pasadena's San Rafael neighborhood means a lot for the local music scene.

As you think about what Pasadena has been to the County of Los Angeles, you can only imagine the type of things that have transpired on the local music scene with Hollywood being so close. Pasadena has been known as a place Hollywood comes to when they are trying to keep a low profile. Even so, it's also a place Hollywood shoots a lot of their highly esteemed TV Show sitcoms, movies, commercials, and more.

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But, let's get back to Teena. It has been no secret that she passed away in her Pasadena home on
December 26th, 2010. Teena was one of the many famous musicians who made some type of establishment for themselves in Pasadena, California. So, what does that mean for the local music scene? Well, let's take a look at who she was and what she accomplished in her career. The classic Motown recording artist followed the footsteps of funk legend Rick James.

Born in Santa Monica, California, Teena Marie was no doubt a one-of-a-kind musician. She began singing in her early childhood at local churches, took piano lessons, and dibbled in musical theater as well. She landed a role in The Beverly Hillbillies, credited as Tina Marie Brockert. After living in San Fernando Valley's Mission Hills, she moved to the Oakwood neighborhood of Venice Beach where she would begin taking the necessary steps to pursuing a career as a musician. She took numerous buses to Hollywood and would walk Sunset Boulevard shopping her music. She put a musical group together, however, when she was granted the rare opportunity to actually meet Berry Gordy, he didn't see the need for a group dynamic with her skill set. So he signed Teena Marie to Motown Records as a solo act.

In the early 1970's, Gordy moved Motown Records from Detroit, Michigan to Los Angeles,
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California. For the first few years of Teena being on Motown, she struggled with their producers. Then, already established musician Rick James, who was also signed to Motown, gets wind of Teena's talent and it wasn't long before they collaborated. From that point forward, Rick James and Teena Marie would develop a close relationship on and off the stage.

Teena's debut album Wild & Peaceful scored her first top ten R&B hit with "I'm A Sucker For Your Love", a duet with Rick James. It wasn't long before Marie was credited with being more talented than other African-American Blues singers. Although that qualifies as an opinion, Berry Gordy claims," When I go to see her, (the audience) it's about 70% black." Not to take away from the great Afro-American singers of that time, Teena was just one of those musicians who really had the blow. So much to a point where you listen to it and have no idea she is Caucasian.

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When Teena's relationship with James began to take a dive, she wanted to do her own thing. However, when she attempts to go off and do her own thing, she got into a heated legal dispute with  Motown Records that ended in Marie winning. Her win changed the music industry by balancing the power between record labels and their signed artists. The lawsuit resulted in "The Brockert Initiative", which made it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist. It was a huge win. Teena Marie commented on the law in an LA Times article, saying, "It wasn't something I set out to do. I just wanted to get away from Motown and have a good life. But it helped a lot of people, like Luther Vandross and the Mary Jane Girls, and a lot of different artists, to be able to get out of their contracts." She left Motown as the label's most successful white solo act. And that is when she was rumored to have bought her house on Laguna Road in Pasadena, California's prestigious San Rafael neighborhood.

Since then, Teena has had a great career. An electric performer who could satisfy the arena. She's worked with great artists such as Rick James (of course), Faith Evans, Snoop Dogg, Domino, Eve, George Duke, Gerald Levert, & more. "In the studio with Teena was a little intimidating," says Faith Evans who was honored to work with her. 

Mistah Wilson located Teena Marie's Pasadena residence by finding the coordinates here. Once the here. When he arrived at the address, he spoke with the current owner of the home who was able & willing to give a little more insight into her living conditions that some blame for her seizure.
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When the coordinates were found, Mistah Wilson was able to see exactly where Teena lived in Pasadena, California. When Mistah Wilson discovered the address, he decided to pay the home a visit to see if it matches with pictures of her Pasadena home featured here.

The owner informed Mistah Wilson that she strongly believed that many people took advantage of her. We're talking people from Rick James himself to her pool man. The current owner also mentioned that when she moved into the house in 2011, she didn't sleep in Marie's bedroom for 3 years because that was the room she died in. The owner claims that when her house flooded the day after Christmas in 2010, it filled her entire downstairs including her home studio. The current homeowner believes that the flood caused stress that led to her seizure.

"She's still relevant after 30 years because she's good," says Gordy in TVOne's Unsung. It was nice to know that Marie took parenting seriously. She claims that she didn't want to raise her daughter with a nanny so she made some career sacrifices to make a life for Alia Rose, who goes by the stage name Rose Le Beau. "The thing I'm very proud of is my child," says Teena Marie.

According to Wikipedia, In 2004, while Teena Marie was sleeping in a hotel room, a large picture frame fell and struck her on the head. The blow caused a serious concussion that would cause momentary seizures for the rest of her life. On the afternoon of December 26, 2010, Teena Marie was found unresponsive by her daughter, Alia Rose, at Teena Marie's home in Pasadena, California. On December 30, 2010, an autopsy was performed by the Los Angeles County coroner, who found no signs of apparent trauma or a discernible cause of death, and concluded she had died from natural causes. She had suffered a tonic–clonic seizure a month before.

A memorial service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery on January 10, 2011. Among those in attendance were Smokey Robinson, LisaRaye, Sinbad, Tichina Arnold, Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams, Shanice Wilson, Queen Latifah, and Berry Gordy, Jr.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DENA Artists send shout outs @ BringingItTogether November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot

Artists and members of the community who attended the #BringingItTogether November 2016 Free "Never Understand" ft. Imani Akil off of his latest project Beautiful Struggle mixtape,
Artist Photo Shoot sends shout outs on video. Like Bing Bing said in
"Now, we bringin' it together, and can't nothin stop us, take pictures in any weatherWhether, tha weather is wetter or better than ever..."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue46

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine's 46th Issue features #BringingItTogether November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot (Official Photo Album) + 734 Coffee + Exploring the Intersection of Hip Hop & Social Justice + Dave Chappelle + Snoop Dogg + Colin Kaepernick + A Tribe Called Quest + Mos Def + Mark Whalberg + Taffey Champion Exclusive Interview + A Father & Son Explore Latino Culture Through Photography + An Asian Student Society Responds to Racism with a Riveting Photo Series + so much more...

Friday, December 9, 2016

Rain Couldn't Stop DENA Artists from #BringingItTogether in the November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot

After the success of the #BringingItTogether October 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot, Mistah Wilson &
Percy Johnson were excited for next month’s event. This time, they put a little more love into it. With only a couple of weeks to make it happen, they went out to get a photo backdrop with the logos of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, Percy’s Portrait Photography, and a hashtag of #DENA to represent where the movement is taking place.

Before the October 2016 shoot, the news was forecasting rain on the day of the event. That would be tragic since everyone is meeting up outside in McDonald Park. As the day grew in, it was almost cancelled. Mistah Wilson decided to go along with it and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. For the next event, the news forecasted rain. Mistah Wilson decided to call the weather’s bluff. But, this time, the weather was for real.

After much preparation and money spent to put this event together, we were expecting a much bigger turnout than the first one. On the morning of the event, the sun beamed life onto La Pintoresca. But, by 2p at Jefferson Park, the clouds were coming in fast. It was unbelievable because it was such a
sunny day to begin with.

The event started at 12p and it hadn’t yet rained. DJ AJ was holdin’ it down with local, Pasadena music, neo-soul, & funk jams. The photo backdrop was against the sidewall of the restrooms and nobody had any problems coming together for the cause. Soon enough, it starts to rain sideways! The people who came stayed through the rain for the most of the event. I mean, these artists were troopers. But, once it did start raining, we believe it deterred a lot of people from coming out.

“People were pulling up to the event, but kept going once it started to rain,” says an attendee. Although it rained, we were fortunate enough to have a few large trees over everything. They were still able to eat the BBQ & Teriyaki chicken wins, Pizza, Salad, & Cookies.

“We strongly believe that the rain deterred people from coming out to participate in the
#BringingItTogether November 2016 Free Artist Photo Shoot. We’d still like to thank everybody who had interest and wanted to come out. We’d also like to thank all those who came out and those who won raffle prizes. We can’t do this without you,” Mistah Wilson says after the event.

During the event, the backdrop was moved under one of the large trees. Even though it rained, a few people still showed up and participated. It was truly amazing to see these artists battle through the rain to be a part of their community. It still turned out to be a great event with about double the amount of photos taken. While it was going on, it felt like a failure. But, in hindsight, it’s pretty admirable to see artists endure the rain for the cause. That’s a great milestone we achieved together that we can reflect on later to inspire us moving forward.

Close to $1,000 was spent to put this event together only for their parade to be rained on! Mistah
Wilson takes responsibility for the lack of preparation on his part and says the next series of event(s) leading up to the Summer will be held indoors and will be taking place in the evening time. For this event, it wasn’t so much about who they were as individuals, but who they are as individuals coming together.

Mistah Wilson’s vision for this event is slowly taking form. He knew that October & November’s shoot had to be done informally so that he could gain some momentum to brand the event through the Gold Carpet. On Friday December 30th from 8p-12a, Mistah Wilson & ThaWilsonBlock Magazine will be bringing you the #BringingItTogether Open Mic Gold Carpet Photo Shoot & Drum Circle! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Q&A w/ SoCal artist Khriz-Z about the Advantages of being a Bilingual Rapper

Mistah Wilson: Honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock
Magazine. What you been up to?
Khriz-Z: I've been well. Just focusing on music, work, and family. Everyday I’m one step closer to success.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Khriz-Z: Well, I was born in Mexico City. I came with my mom, to the U.S.A, when I was 10 years old. Now I’m 22 years old. In between those years, I lived in a couple of cities. Pomona, Corona, Riverside, Colton, and San Bernardino.

Mistah Wilson: You came thru tha #BringingItTogether October 2016 Photo Shoot @ McDonald Park. How was tha experience?
Khriz-Z: I had a good day at the photo shoot. I met new artist and it was a good experience. I enjoy being able to go and expand my work all over the SoCal.

Mistah Wilson: Tell us about what led you to become an artist.. 
Khriz-Z: Since I was 13 years old, I would always be writing lyrics, poems, quotes, etc. I enjoy all music, but I would listen to hip-hop even more. Then I started getting into rapping. When I turned 18 years old. I went to Art Institute, for Audio Engineer. I wanted to know how to mix, what are the best microphones to use, how to use plugins, what's the best software, etc. I just wanted to know everything that had to do with music. I have a mixtape called " El Despegue" which was my very first mixtape. I also, have another mixtape called " Somos Pocos Pero..." which, it was a project with the "r.s. clika" Now I’m promoting my new mixtape " NI DE AQUI... NI DE A.K.A“ Already working on a new project.

Mistah Wilson: Where do you get inspiration to write new music? 
Khriz-Z: From life. everything I've been thru, all the struggle, good times, and bad times. Also, my girlfriend, Jackie Valadez, encourage me every single day to keep doing music and she's always pushing me to do more and not stop. Being a bilingual rapper, what are some of tha advantages you have compared to rappers who speak one language?

Mistah Wilson: Being a bilingual rapper, what are some of tha advantages you have compared to rappers who speak one language? 
Khriz-Z: I feel being a bilingual rapper has opened several doors in the music industry from both sides, speaking Spanish and English. By being bilingual, I have more opportunities to approach to a bigger audience. Also, my music can be listen to, not only in the U.S.A and Mexico, if not all North and South America and hopefully one day in Europe.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people keep up with you online? 
Khriz-Z: My IG is " khriz.z " and my personal email is;

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Father And Son Explore LA’s Latino Culture Through Photography

Estevan Oriol discovered a love for photography after the gift of a camera and a no-frills explainer from his father.

“My dad said, ‘Here’s a camera. This is the speed of the shutter and this is your depth of field,'” he explains, in a steady tone. “Here I am with my Ph.D. in photography… and Ph.D. means ‘push here dummy.'”

Estevan’s journey as an artist was undoubtedly shaped by that first lesson. His father had already made his name behind the lens, and the old man’s intuition that Estevan had something to add to the cultural conversation was spot on.

Eriberto Oriol started documenting the forgotten corners of Los Angeles in the 1980s — shining light on graffiti, homelessness, and protestors of state power. In 1989, he launched the first major graffiti-photo exhibit in Los Angeles to wide acclaim. He was a fresh pair of eyes, examining issues that had been ignored up until that point.

Meanwhile, Estevan was managing the hip hop acts Cypress Hill and House of Pain. When life on the road began to wear on him, he turned to his dad for guidance. Eriberto asked his son why he wasn’t documenting his famous friends. It was a eureka moment. Estevan pointed his lens at Latino low-rider culture and began capturing candid snapshots of the acts he was working with.

Eventually, this led to a collective called Soul Assassins formed with Cypress Hill, which highlights Angeleno art, photography, and music with a social conscience...

Sunday, November 13, 2016

All Artists & Musicians Encouraged to Attend #BringingItTogether Free Artist Photo Shoot (November 2016)

This is a peaceful event where artists come together to network, build their presence, and win prizes!!!

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine & DENA Music Scene are hosting the #BringingItTogether November 2016 Photo Shoot for artists & musicians who are interested in networking while building their portfolio and brand presence.

The purpose of the #BringingItTogether Photo Shoot is to grant artists an opportunity to be recognized by their local scene and to provide them with a platform that enables them to grow.

$50 Prepaid Visa Debit Card
$25 Target Gift Card
$10 Starbucks Gift Card
$10 in Dollar Scratchers

Artists who attend are expected to participate in taking photos with other artists.

Artists who participate will receive:
-One Free Professional Portrait of themselves for their own use
-Certificate of Recognition
-Optional: Audio/Article Interview
-The opportunity to win one of our prizes!

We are also doing Artist Introduction & Freestyle Video Drops!

Feel free to bring promotional material (flyers, CDs, postcards, etc...) {no booths or tables allowed or provided}

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue45

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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue45 covers Seattle rapper Scribes One is an exclusive interview about his hometown and music career. PLUS: Khriz-Z + windchILL + #BringingItTogether October 2016 Photo Shoot results + Beginner's Guide to Buying Camera Equipment + National Geographic's 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year announced + Phife Dawg + John Leguizamo + Archie Green + Prince Ea + DMX + Papoose + DJ Quik + Eminem + Murs + so much much more...

Friday, November 4, 2016

#BringingItTogether October 2016 Photo Shoot Sparks Inspiration for tha Future!

It was planned about 2 weeks in advance. Mistah Wilson, who's developed and honed relationships with residents in tha greater Pasadena community, collaborated with a local portrait photographer Percy L. Johnson to bring you the #BringingItTogether October 2016 Photo Shoot. For those who don't know, tha #BringingItTogether movement was created as a way to unite tha local music scene by having artists takes pictures together demonstrating values such as love, peace, & unity. By doing this, we have tha power to influence our future in a positive way.

When the photo shoot was initially announced, it still felt like
Summer in Southern California. Tha night before tha event, tha news reported that there was a high risk for a rainstorm, something that would compromise tha photo shoot since it was held outdoors in McDonald Park. "Just my luck," said Mistah Wilson, who began to feel tha pressure of failure. But tha powers of a positive mind outshine tha darkness.

Everybody remained positive, and tha sun came out! One after another, artists started showing up. "Their craft services were on point," says Butch Thompson. We served pizza, cookies, clear and dark soda, water, and ice. Pasadena artist Gangsta Ric brought his daughter and everyone genuinely enjoyed themselves. Tha vibe felt like one big studio session. Artists who showed up for tha #BringingItTogether 2016 Photo Shoot were Khriz-Z, who came all tha way from San Bernardino to participate, Scribes One from Seattle, Jangles, Butch Thompson, Moe Grams, Sweet Tee, Concept, Chrishawn Frierson, Percy Johnson, Ms. Jeanine, Carl Walton, Jackie Valadez, and Bing Bing.

Tha beautiful thing about this event is that even though nobody really knew each other, we were able to come together for a common cause and embrace our differences," explains Mistah Wilson. As a token of our appreciation for artists who participate in tha movement, every artist gets ONE free professional portrait of themselves to use for their own purposes. Artists can show up every month and get a free, professional picture to build their portfolio. It was a good turn out. It was so good that tha anticipation is building for tha next one on November 26th, 2016. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Free Artist Photo Shoot @ McDonald Park in Pasadena, CA 10/28

If you're an artist in or around Los Angeles/Southern California and are looking for a movement to join that will expand your network and presence, Tha DENA Music Scene, formerly known as the Pasadena Music Scene, is hosting an informal, free photo shoot for local, native, independent artists at McDonald Park in Pasadena, CA on Friday October 28th, 2016 from 12p-2p. 

This shoot is tha first of many to come each month as Bing Bing is working vigorously to unite tha local music scene in tha Pasadena / Altadena region. It is called the #BringingItTogether Free Artist Photo Shoot where local artists come together to take formal pictures with other artists demonstrating values of love, peace, & unity. By doing this, we are taking control of our artistic destinies and using our influence for tha greater good of ourselves and our community.

By having artists take photos together demonstrating honorable values, we can influence our future in a positive way. We must understand that WE have tha power to make it happen. The #BringingItTogether movement was created shortly after tha implementation of tha formal music scene (Tha DENA Music Scene) in Pasadena that encouraged artists from different circles and genres to come together and demonstrate a unity.

Artists who participate will receive:

  1. One Professional Portrait of themselves.
  2. Publicity in Magazines, Blogs, Forums, Website, Social Media, and Word of Mouth.
  3. A formal Certificate of Recognition that states you are recognized by your local music scene. This is what we create as an alternative to tha commercial scene to provide ourselves with a platform to grow.
  4. One free exclusive audio/article interview for publication.
  5. Free food!
According to Mistah Wilson, many DENA rappers are still reluctant to join tha local music scene movement. As a result of this, tha Pasadena Music Scene and Pasadena Hip Hop Scene are now consolidated into Tha DENA Music Scene hoping to encourage more DENA artists to participate. "We need our DENA rappers especially to know that there are little to no resources or entities out there that cater to our exclusive type of demographic genre," exclaims Mistah Wilson. "That is why we are here. To revive & preserve local urban culture." 

Artists that are not originally from tha Pasadena / Altadena region are still highly encouraged to attend and participate in tha #BringingItTogether movement. You will join an ever-growing network with no financial dues or requirements and you will be formally recognized by your local music scene. Come meet cool, new artists while building your portfolio at tha same time!

Questions or Comments
Call (626)586-4440

Monday, October 17, 2016

Paco Swartz & Tommy Bunnz "Wake Up" music video sure to inspire!

Paco Swartz and Tommy Bunnz are respected not just for who they are, but for what they do. Tha two artists came together for a grand Teddy Pendergrass remix called "Wake Up" that is sure to inspire artists and fans alike.

"I've seen cocaine in a diaper bag, and young men turn to bangin' just like their dad," says Paco Swartz in tha opening line of tha song. Tommy Bunnz directs a masterpiece that should reach every aspiring artist out there. This song is good for those growing up in tha inner-city as it brings awareness to tha harsh realities of life that many of us are subjected to. "It makes me sad to see a sister high off tha glass, or $20 to ya name, tryna make it last." Tha music video sets a great example of two artists having love & respect for each other.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Download Verbal Abuse mixtape by Relly 2euce (Ryane Mooves, AV Kinidee, YG Chief, Young Quise, 2dalu, Bing Bing)

  1. Get Wit It (Intro) by Relly 2euce
  2. Hustlaz, Playaz, & Bitches by Relly 2euce
  3. Before & After by Relly 2euce
  4. Stunt Hard by Relly 2euce
  5. Feins by Bing Bing & Relly 2euce
  6. Pandamonium by Relly 2euce
  7. Duffle Bag Dixon by Relly 2euce feat. Young Quise
  8. Reppin That 500 by Relly 2euce
  9. Place Called Home by Relly 2euce
  10. Dirty Money by Relly 2euce feat. YG Chief & Tre Boog
  11. Champions (Interlude) by Relly 2euce
  12. Mr. Dixon by Relly 2euce feat. Ryane Mooves
  13. 6ix Tummies by Relly 2euce feat. St. X
  14. Nightrider by Relly 2euce feat. AV Kinidee & 2dalu
  15. Beast Mode by Relly 2euce & YG Chief
  16. Veterans by Relly 2euce feat. AV Kinidee
  17. Impossible Is Nothin' by Relly 2euce

Listen/Download Tha Grey Area mixtape by PokeyLo (2013)

  1. Parental Misguidance by PokeyLo feat. Phil Phree
  2. Hope by PokeyLo
  3. Ditto by PokeyLo
  4. Tha Streetz Iz Watchin' by PokeyLo
  5. 2 1 1 by PokeyLo & Iwil
  6. As I Walk Away by PokeyLo feat. Crystal Nahidi
  7. Peace by PokeyLo
  8. Skill Level Dangerous by PokeyLo feat. Iwil
  9. Fixated by PokeyLo feat. Bigg Bump
  10. Tha Journey by PokeyLo feat. Bing Bing
  11. Let You Live by PokeyLo
  12. Truth by PokeyLo
  13. Sooo Good by PokeyLo

Monday, October 10, 2016

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue44 (October 2016)

#ReginaldThomas + Grieves, Scarface, Grimstyles, Nipsey Hussle, Adele, Larry McZeal, The Game, E DuB, JAY Z, Bing Bing, Ice Cube + Rey Avalon Exclusive Article #Interview + Mcsteezy "Push Yourself Harder" + Quick Tips for Great #StreetPhotography + so much more... 

DJ Highlight's 'Hometown Heros' mixtape features various DENA artists
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DJ Highlight, a DENA artist who hosts mixtapes, has recently released the 'Hometown Heros' mixtape with a variety of DENA artists. To much of our surprise, we saw no track by Bing Bing featured on the project, a clear Pasadena hometown hero who arguably puts in tha most work for the Pasadena Hip Hop Scene. "I guess walking 27 miles to unite tha local music scene doesn't mean much," says Bing Bing

Nonetheless, the project comes equipped with heavy hitters like Major James, Ethan Avery, Blackwest, Paco Swartz, Zook, Hard Reign, & more. The project boasts a well-balanced variety of Pasadena/Altadena artists. Released on August 6th, 2016, DJ Highlight shows tha scene that we are united...and have been for some time now.  

Take a listen to Hometown Heros mixtape and share your opinion!

Pasadena/Glendale rapper McSteezy chops it up with ThaWilsonBlock about New Music, Shows, and how to Push Yourself Harder
McSteezy, a local rapper from Pasadena and Glendale, respectively, chops it up with ThaWilsonBlock about New Music, Shows, and how to Push Yourself Harder!

McSteezy has been on his grind for years, and we're not talking skateboards. Then again, in this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock, Steez & Mistah Wilson do speak on skateboarding and the inspiration to get back up again after nasty falls. 

McSteezy's latest music slaps! And when you check back on his earlier work, you'll see that he's always had it. When you see McSteez in real life, you might not think much of him as a rapper. But, when you tune into his music, you'd probably consider this guy one of tha greatest out right now. He's undeniable.

Altadena musician Larry McZeal has positive, encouraging words for the Pasadena Hip Hop Scene

We recently caught up with Altadena musician and bandleader Larry McZeal for a shout out to Pasadena's Hip Hop Scene.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Pasadena artist & designer E DuB releases cover of his 1996 sampler "EYEZ ON THA PRIZE"

If you're from Pasadena, California or any surrounding area, then you have at least a general idea of how strong the pride & culture is around DENA. One of the things we find amazing about Pasadena is that it has it's own hip hop scene that goes back significantly longer than many of us have been alive. In a recent conversation about Pasadena artist & designer E DuB's latest apparel line "We Are Born & Raised" & "Just A Kid From...", his old sampler cover for Eyez on tha Prize resurfaces from 1996. A local hip hop connoisseur's dream. Throwback. The sampler comes with an instrumental from local hip hop artist & producer Lasky B, who's still relevant on today's scene. 
For those who are a fan of local, old school hip hop, this is a good to have in tha collection to preserve local music scene heritage. After 20 years, tha value of these projects must not been overlooked. For more information on this compilation, visit We Are Born & Raised

Check out E DuB's latest Apparel & Merchandise

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bakersfield Emcee Grimstyles drops inspirational music video for #NeverGiveUp

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mistah Wilson interviews Comedian Key Lewis before performance at Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Key Lewis! It’s truly an honor to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! How ya’ doin’?
Key Lewis: Spectacular, loving life! Dreaming about the dream!

Mistah Wilson: Before we go any further, can you give us a quick background on yourself?
Key Lewis: Certainly

Mistah Wilson: How was life growing up in Sacramento, CA?
Key Lewis: Grew up on the South-side, Oak Park, Meadowview, the early days of my childhood was a little rough, living with my grandmother till I was five, not knowing my biological mother. I was one if those kids that wanted attention, being silly, and always the center of attention, helped me deal I think. My pops was dealing with some demons, I ended up being a ward of the court and fostered from about eight to twelve. My father after he got me back, was my rock, through it all he has made sure I am alright, I love that dude for that!

Mistah Wilson: Can you tell us a little about what led you to become a comedian and how you got your first start?
Key Lewis: Always loved old Pryor albums, but Eddie Murphy Delirious is what really made me love stand up. Eddie is my generations Pryor.

Mistah Wilson: So, you’ve been quite the busy person! Tell us about the Marlon Wayans Funniest Wins show. How did you get involved?
Key Lewis: It's about relationships, surrounding yourself with good people, a friend of mine Julio Gonzales posted the show on my page, I hit up the casting director, I told my story, she cried, and the rest was history. It was an amazing experience, I learned so much, it helped my act, I started to develop a muscle, I did not know I had. The cast was amazing, and Marlon Wayans is one of the realist, he educated, coached and corrected us. The dude knows his shit. 

Mistah Wilson: You’ve rubbed elbows with some of the industry’s finest! Gabriel Iglesias, Katt Williams, and if I’m not mistaken, even Kevin Hart! Who are some of your comedian influences that motivated you to pursue a career in comedy?
Key Lewis: Eddie Murphy, Damon Wayans, Jamie Foxx, Robert Hawkins, David Arnold, Joe Klocek, David Letterman, my father, on and on, right now, I really am digging Louis C.K. Tony Roberts, and of course Kevin Hart.

Mistah Wilson: Tell us about some of the experiences you had while on tour. What were some of your favorite venues to perform at and where would you like to perform in the future?
Key Lewis: Every time I am on stage good or bad is a great experience, I am a big fan of all comedy clubs that will have me. The Ice House has by far been my favorite club, Jan Smith has given me some great opportunities, Comedy Time, I shot Starz Staann Dup there, it's a great club with great people.

Mistah Wilson: In your “Half Black, Half White, Looks Mexican” clip, the line where you said,” I use to steal stuff and take it back,” was classic lol. How do you come up with your material?
Key Lewis: I write material when it happens, or if something comes to me from the past, I love the everyday situations we can all relate to.

Mistah Wilson: You’re the winner of quite a few competitions. How far do you plan on going with being a
Key Lewis: Can't stop won't stop, don't know how far, just can't stop, I love it, it's a part of my make up now, sick when I am not doing it, upset when I can't do it and always driven to do it! I truly just want to be as good as God intended me to be.

Mistah Wilson: You’ve opened up for big names from old school to new school. Jon B to Keysha Cole. What was the largest audience you’ve physically performed in front of?
Key Lewis: 5000, it's small but big. 

Mistah Wilson: I remember reading on your website that you said,” Know your audience.” This is such a crucial factor when performing. What were some of the things you had to learn the hard way when pursuing a career as a comedian?
Key Lewis: That you have to balance your family life, if you don't have that core support you will struggle, expecting people to help, don't wait, get after it!

Mistah Wilson: Have you done any performances overseas (outside the USA)?
Key Lewis: I am currently deployed with the GI'S Of Comedy Land & Sea Tour over Seas, I will touch Italy, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel.

Mistah Wilson: We hear that you’re coming back to the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA! How was your first experience?
Key Lewis: Great, the crowd is the best around, they laugh when you do well, and are very supportive of the talent.

Mistah Wilson: What are some things you love the most about your job?
Key Lewis: Bringing laughter to a stranger, or just making someone's day better, laughter is healing, it's so necessary!!!

Mistah Wilson: What are your views on the state of comedy in America?
Key Lewis: So much competition, so much talent, so much in-between, everyone that loses their jobs thinks comedy is the answer, if your not funny, please just get another job.

Mistah Wilson: Has it gotten easier or harder for aspiring comedians to catch a break?
Key Lewis: Very hard, it really comes down to the hustle, who you surround yourself with, your work ethic, your talent level, and your ability to be shot down.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires you to be the best at what you do?
Key Lewis: My kids, my father, my wife, no smiles in an audience I don't know!!!

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the community for you?
Key Lewis: Very important, at the end of the day you are nothing without the support of good people, you have to stay humble, love, and touch as many as you can with your comedy. 

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Key Lewis, thanks for stoppin’ by for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! It’s been great! I know you’re a busy man so I appreciate the time you took to complete this interview. I look forward to seeing you at the Ice House Comedy Club on December 17th, 2014. Got any shout outs, let’s hear em….
Key Lewis: Shout out to you all for the spread, my girl Nichole Choice for the insight and hustle, and the Ice House and Jan Smith for letting us produce the show, it's gonna be fantastic, got some special guest comics to be announced, you don't want to miss it!

Key Lewis

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bing Bing attends Hathaway-Sycamores “Celebrates Children” with Western Theme Gala

For those who may already know, Bing Bing spent most of his childhood & adolescence in foster care. After emancipating from the system, he's received much help and resources from Hathaway-Sycamores Children & family services, a well respected organization that helps former foster youth transition to independent living. Today, Bing Bing is an alumni who has made a personal commitment to the advocacy of his fellow foster sisters and brothers approaching emancipation.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Grimstyles & Bing Bing #NeverGiveUp

"Music is a beautiful thing. It brings people together regardless of race or religion. Let's continue to bring it together," says Bakersfield rapper Grimstyles, who's been inspired by the #BringingItTogether movement. Grimstyles performed at The Element: Hip Hop community gathering in Pasadena and took this picture with Bing Bing. Artists also in attendance were Imani Akil, J. Byrd, RD Peace, Maca, Speaker Creatures, Big Lyrik, and more.
You know what they say, if it's cliche, it's probably because it's true. Grimstyles birthed the #NeverGiveUp tag on his journey battling cerebral palsy and still managing to become the great artist he is today.

Bing Bing at PCAC with Butch Thompson, Micwom, Tobi Hero, & Lyndrum

Photo by Stephanie Cunningham

Back in 2012, Bing Bing was met with Butch Thompson, Micwom, Tobi Hero, & Lyndrum at Pasadena Media's old facilities in the historic Hen's Teeth Square for a photo shoot around the time the group performed at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip. Formally known as PCAC, Pasadena Media has since moved to South Los Robles, closer to the city's operational entities.