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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. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue43 featuring Las Vegas Street Sign Photography collection

Las Vegas Collection of Conceptual Street Sign Photography + Achiever Believers 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' team + RD Peace first artist to break 1,000+ downloads of his interview on WilsonBlock100 Radio + New Interviews with GL Moody, Top of the Jecks, & J. Real + so much more...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

President of NAACP-Pasadena & Musician GL Moody sits down with Mistah Wilson as they discuss Pasadena Music heritage, Civil Rights, and Education

President of NAACP-Pasadena & Musician GL Moody sits down with Mistah Wilson as they discuss Pasadena Music heritage, Civil Rights, and Education

President of NAACP-Pasadena & Musician GL Moody sits down with Mistah Wilson as they discuss Pasadena Music heritage, Civil Rights, and Education

President of NAACP-Pasadena & Musician GL Moody sits down with Mistah Wilson as they discuss Pasadena Music heritage, Civil Rights, and Education

RD Peace first artist to break 1,000+ downloads on his interview w/ WilsonBlock100 Radio

Gospel rap artist RD Peace from Pasadena, California is the very first artist who achieved 1,000+ downloads of their interview with Mistah Wilson on WilsonBlock100 Radio. It came as a huge surprise because Mistah Wilson claims to not have done anything more than he does for every other artist when promoting their interviews. We couldn't tell you how it happened, but it has!

The first artist to break 300+ downloads and hold it for the longest was local jazz musician Sobukwe Toure. Others artists in the 300+ download club are J. Byrd and Warrior Richardson while Meddie Lanes, Eddie G, Maca, Ramon Barajas, Mak Boss, & Neffy are well on their way. 

RD Peace released a single called "The Prince" that he dedicate to his son. You can listen to the beautiful song he recorded in his exclusive interview with Mistah Wilson on WilsonBlock100 Radio. Great job, RD Peace!

Download "Place Your Bets" mixtape by Belle Rose

Belle Rose was a highly anticipated hip hop duo group from Pasadena, California. There is not much to find about them online, so we decided to make their mixtape available for free download.

  1. Snoop Dogg Drop
  2. Julio G Drop
  3. Where Your Money
  4. Radio
  5. Give It To Me
  6. B.R. Set
  7. Just Love Me
  8. Stay Tuned
  9. Take Your B*itch
  10. Gangsta
  11. G'd Up
  12. 2 Step
  13. I Need That
  14. Tell Me (freestyle)
  15. Dreams
  16. Tell Me
  17. 2 Of A Kind

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

SoundsByEye drops new song "Wonder" (Produced by Midnight Smack / Reverse)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Graphic Street Artist survives cancer after having his stomach removed

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Rafa, what's good wit you, fam? We are pleased to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How's everything?
Rafa Wizroks: Everything is good with me. Just chilling out trying too stay healthy and positive. Constantly working and developing new works of art.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Rafa Wizroks: Well I’m a visual artist, illustrator, and painter. I grew up in Pasadena and went to Pasadena High School. Graduated in 2007. Did a couple years at PCC studying to be a graphic artist and illustrator.

Mistah Wilson: We know you to be a great visual artist! What led you to find your passion for art?
Rafa Wizroks: My passion for art came to be while I was a kid in the sixth and seventh grade. I started reading a lot of comic books and also reading anime which is Japanese style animation. And really getting into and exploring hip-hop culture from B-boying, turntablism, and rapping. But, I really found my passion
in the visual part of the culture which is 'Writing" or graffiti art. I started to pay attention to the names on the walls around me the color the style the characters and backgrounds it spoke to me in a way no comic book or anime can ever quite do.

Mistah Wilson: What's your technique to finding new inspiration when creating new pieces?
Rafa Wizroks: My technique for finding inspiration for my art pieces comes from multiple sources. I like to watch a lot of old school cartoons from the 90s such as Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, the Maxx,  and Spawn, the animated series which was on HBO back in the day.

Mistah Wilson: Tell us a little about some of your personal favorite art pieces? 
Rafa Wizroks: My personal favorite art piece I've ever created was a self portrait I did using acrylic paint which shows me in a traditional Mayan/Aztec headdress with a Mayan pyramid at the bottom which was done for a show I was invited to be in 2014.
Mistah Wilson:  You've definitely had your share of life struggles. What have been some milestones or proud achievements you've had along the journey?
Rafa Wizroks: Yeah I've definitely have had my fair share of life struggles. Back in late March of 2015 I got one of the most horrible news any one could get I was diagnosed with stage 3 stomach cancer with a large tumor growth in the top part of my stomach. I went through two rounds of chemotherapy and in July of last year I had my whole stomach removed from my body. Two days after I had my surgery my doctor comes into my room too notify me that I was cancer free. I don't care what anyone says that's the best news anyone can ever receive. God has definitely blessed me with a new life and a second chance to be a better person. It's not been easy I suffer from PTSD from my experience but every single day is a blessing for me. 

Mistah Wilson: In the world of art, who are some of your biggest influences?

Rafa Wizroks: I have multiple influences when it comes to my artwork. I take inspiration from soo many different things. From social political issues to my heritage and of course different styles of art. Ranging from graffiti art and murals to traditional art and artists and animation and comic books. I've also have been blessed too be taught by some of Los Angeles legendary graffiti artist such as OG Zender one. King Cre8 who helped shaped me into the artist I am today. And also was heavily influenced by classic graffiti art from the 80s and 90s from Los Angeles to New York and Europe. And also a big fan of low rider Chicano art and of comic books by Todd McFarland who's the creator of the spawn franchise and Sam Keith who created the comic book the Maxx which was also on MTV back in the 90s and cartoons that I loved as a kid. Like Ren and Stimpy, Rocko’s Modern Life, Earthworm Jim , Sonic the Hedgehog, and too many more to name. 
Mistah Wilson: From your perspective, what's street art like in Los Angeles?
Rafa Wizroks: From my perspective there are is a great amount of street art in Los Angeles from the surf too the valley there's awesome visuals every where to enjoy. just take a cruise through parts of downtown Los Angeles and parts of Hollywood and you will see incredible works from local artist to world renown artist. It's a blessing too live in a city where you can be inspired and motivated by the artwork that decorated our city walls for free.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your art?
Rafa Wizroks: My plan with my art is too make my living off of it. But also having the capability to share my story with the rest of the public and to help inspire and motivate people to see the light during what ever struggle they maybe going through.

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the community for you?
Rafa Wizroks: Man giving back to the community is a big deal for me. I love helping people in any capacity I can. If it's donating my time to a charity or if I can speak to a group of people and inspiring them through my story of what I've overcome in my life and how being a positive and uplifting person can really help change your surroundings and most importantly your self and since I'm a visual artist I like sharing my art via social media to share my philosophy of art as not only as a means of personal expression but also how art can help heal. That's how I want to give back to the community.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists? 
Rafa Wizroks: To quote on of my personal heroes of mine Stewart Scott. He would always
say never ever give up. If your dream and goal is to be a visual artist. Never stop drawing and never stop learning because with dedication and sacrifice you will be the artist that you are meant to be. And I'm a big big advocate of education. Study the great masters of the past and learn about them and the art that they created.  And always learn your tools and how to use them if you had a pencil in your hand and a paper on the table and you want too draw a graff letter as an example would you know where to start or how to control the pencil so you can execute and accomplish your piece that's where studying and learning come into play.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people check out your work? 
Rafa Wizroks: You can check out my art page on Facebook it's called THE ART OF WIZROKS ONE or on my Instagram a cushion has a mix of personal pictures and motivational posts and of course my artwork .

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Rafathanks so much for coming through for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. It‘s been awesome. If you have any shout outs, go ahead and drop em... 
Rafa Wizroks: First I'll like to give a big shout out to everyone who supported me.
Especially last year when I was fighting my cancer battle especially my family and friends the crews I'm apart of . And big respect to ThaWilsonBlock for blessing me with this dope opportunity to share with you all my story.

Peace and many blessings 

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