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Sunday, December 10, 2017

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue58 (December 2017)

NEW ARTISTS ON THA BLOCK! + Exclusive Interviews with Kev King Cold + Hendo + Langston Doobs + M.K. Gray + Mance Makall, & more...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Meet Artist Promoter "BIG MOE" from Pasadena, CA

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I'm Big Moe from Frank Bank ENT. Born in Mexico raised in Pasadena. I'm a marketing specialist, promoter, hype man, always keeping the energy going. Always trying to keep things going smoothly and positively. Always looking for new talent. Everybody deserves a chance.

Learn more about BIG MOE

1300 East Orange Grove Boulevard & 700 Holliston Avenue, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Meet Hip Hop Musician FRANK BANK from Pasadena, CA

I'm Frank Bank music producer and artist born in Pasadena raised in the ATL. Founder of FBE which is a independent label with artists from all walks of life.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Meet Rapper "CallumJP" from Pasadena, CA

Born and raised in Pasadena, Citywide. Music influences comes from all over so I don't think I'd ever be able to point a specific. My start wasn't as rough as your traditional artist, however I'm not unfamiliar to the bottom of the barrel.

Meet Music Producer "Rockton Road" from Altadena, CA

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“Nic is one of a kind, or at least one in literally a million. Every song, production, lyric and performance is immaculately crafted, extraordinarily creative and from the heart. ”— Jim Webber, HITLIST MUSIC 

Rockton Road boasts a soul and character that is often hard to recreate in a mainstream studio environment. This boutique, comfy, open plan studio is situated in one of LA's most beautiful areas, Altadena. Looking out to the spectacular San Gabriel mountains, but with in minutes from the 210 and 110. Drum sounds are one of the most important elements in creating an amazing record. 

Rockton Road prides itself on amazing drum recordings, as well as capturing a unique sound as a whole, all to its own. Engineer Nic Capelle has built a classy, amazing sounding setting where bands, songwriters and solo artists can come create in a comfortable and private environment. Full of warmth and character, this high-end studio boasts top end gear with a gifted engineer at the helm. A hybrid of analogue and digital, Universal Audio is the center piece of Rockton Roads lighting fast workflow.

Friday, November 10, 2017

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue57 (November 2017)

Exclusive Interviews w/ KStone + Maya Huyana + Antherius & so much more...

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Orange Grove Boulevard & Michigan Avenue, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Download 'Tha Ghetto's Preacher" mixtape by KStone featuring Jay Mulah, Kali Slim, & more...

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01. K. Stone - Tunnel Vision (2:54)

02. K. Stone - Homies (Feat. Jay Mulah) (2:42)

03. K. Stone - I'm Comin' (Feat. Kali Slim) (3:23)

04. K. Stone - Been Thru It (2:56)

05. K. Stone - Luxury (Feat. Kali Slim) (3:07)

06. K. Stone - Meet Again (2:40)

07. K. Stone - I'm A Gangsta (2:49)

08. K. Stone - Not Afraid (Feat. King 16 & Kali Slim) (3:13)

09. K. Stone - Sleep Walkin' (Remix) (Feat. Mozzy) (3:06)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Cracka Smile - Get Mine ft. Young Infinite

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Available on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id11919...
For more music visit CrackaSmile.org

Now Accepting New Artist Submissions for ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. All Genres Encouraged to Submit!

Over tha Summer, ThaWilsonBlock made a transition from Pasadena, CA to Seattle, WA. It's been somewhat of a rocky road, but we've managed to find our footing. We are aggressively expanding our network of artists by offering free promotion on our blog through exclusive interviews, general article write ups, and most of all, the craft!

We are looking for artists of all genres from all corners of the globe! Getting featured on our blog is free, but if you want to show your support, you can purchase digital copies of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine here

By submitting a profile to ThaWilsonBlock:
  • You'll be eligible to feature on WilsonBlock100 Charts
  • Your content will be syndicated on multiple blogs and social media channels
  • Your content will be featured in ThaWilsonBlock Magazine (released on tha 10th of every month)
  • Your link permanently on homepage of our website
A fundamental way of reaching new audiences and potential fans is by simply introducing yourself as tha artist you are. ThaWilsonBlock specializes in helping artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs share their story in hopes of inspiring others. Be a part of a positive, growing movement!

Join ThaWilsonBlock movement today by filling out tha form below. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Rapper/Singer Maya Huyana talks Latest Projects, Her Songwriting Process, and Challenges as a Recording Artist

Maya Huyana aka Yaya is from the Inland Empire region of Southern California, but she has also lived in Las Vegas for a portion of her childhood. She is the oldest of five siblings, and was raised by her wonderful mother Christine in a single parent home. Creativity has always been one of Maya's strengths, and from the moment she learned how to write, she began writing stories and poems, and at age 13 she wrote her first song. As a child, she participated in every school play and talent show. Maya also excelled in basketball and sports, as well as Forensics & Debate. At age 14, she began taking modeling classes, participated in her first runway show, and has loved the craft ever since. Currently, Maya is attending college full-time, (pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship) working part time at a Women's Business Center, and at Coyote Radio as the Social Media Coordinator. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, shopping, playing basketball, and modeling. Learn more

"As far as song concepts, I have a very raw approach, and I'm learning every day from more experienced songwriters on how to use actual technique." @mayahuyana

Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Maya Huyana! Honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. How ya' been?
Maya Huyana: I'm extremely blessed! Thank you for reaching out.

Mistah Wilson: First and foremost, we discovered you via 210West, an artist we have much admiration for. How did you guys connect?
Maya Huyana: 210 invited me to perform at one of his events called Indie Music Night. He and the entire team have such great energy so I came back to Indie Music Night for a 2nd time last month. He's amazing!

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Maya Huyana: My name is Mayah I was born and raised in the Inland Empire CA (with a short detour in Las Vegas) I'm a songwriter, singer, rapper, and visual artist. I just dropped my debut LP called Rebirth, and I'm just super grateful to be making music. I'm also working on a film called Lethal Envy, the story of black wall street.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to becoming an artist?
Maya Huyana: I don't think anything led me, but I always naturally created. I used to draw picture books and illustrations. Then once I learned words I wrote stories and poems... started writing music at 13. Seriously, when it comes to music, I began recording 3 years ago.

Mistah Wilson: Tell us about your album "Rebirth". What was the concept behind this work?
Maya Huyana: Rebirth is an audible representation of my personal evolution, and an LP that's dedicated to oppressed people everywhere. The world is going through a huge change and many of us are in a metamorphosis period. Politically, culturally, everything is just changing. My frustrations and hopes are reflected in Rebirth, as well as underlying themes and stories.

Mistah Wilson: We enjoyed tha music video for "U Should Be Here". Where'd you find inspiration for that project?
Maya Huyana: Thank you [: My inspiration for "U Should Be Here" music video was to just film a music video in the place I lived (Riverside, CA at the time) because I enjoy being CA, and I draw so much inspiration from here. The colors, outfits, and locations were all in influenced by my surroundings. So I wrote the treatment, my friend Konami and I came together to have fun and execute.. it was my first music video ever lol.

Mistah Wilson: When I watch "Mayah's Jam" music video, I don't know what I love more: your look or your voice. What techniques do you use to develop new song concepts and visual treatments?
Maya Huyana: You're literally making me blush! lol .. As far as song concepts, I have a very raw approach, and I'm learning every day from more experienced songwriters on how to use actual technique. For my process I start with random rhymes or cadences, (or derive them from a beat) then I build on that. After I have some solid rhymes or ideas, I then try to format scattered lyrics into structured music; a chorus, a verse, etc.
For visual treatments, I play the song (that I want to do the visual for) a lot, then I wait to be inspired. Sometimes it's hard to have patience (lol) but it always comes to me. Something... a movie, a picture, a place that I visit, will provoke an idea. Then, I build on that first little spark. Lastly I try to think of locations.

Mistah Wilson: What are 3 of your personal favorite songs of yours?
Maya Huyana: Westcoast Euphoria, Rebirth, and Soul Food

Mistah Wilson: What's your process when scouting or producing new beats?
Maya Huyana: I enjoy writing so I will literally write to any beat, it doesn't matter whether it's trap or boom-bap or a random commercial lol. I like to challenge myself. But It's kind of weird, when it comes to selecting beats for my own personal use, I know almost within seconds (of hearing a beat) whether it's for me or not.

Mistah Wilson: Before being an artist, I'm a fan first. And I must say, you got bars! Would you consider yourself more of a singer or rapper?
Maya Huyana: Thank you so much =D
I consider myself a rapper! lol But it seems to be split consensus on what my supporters enjoy (lol) 50/50 rap sing... I love writing the most of everything and then rapping. Singing is probably third.

Mistah Wilson: Tell us about your performance history. Where have you performed and where would you like to perform?
Maya Huyana: I've opened for Audio Push in OC and Bodega Bamz. I've done many Brick 2 Ya Face gigs, shows in LA, OC, and the IE. I would love to perform in San Diego, ATL, and Japan.

Mistah Wilson: What artists have you worked with and would like to work with some time in tha future?
Maya Huyana: In the past I've worked with Cashis from Shady Records, Noa James, Wanya Morris, EOTR Network, and Jahlil Beats. In the future I would love to work with Isaiah Rashad, Stevie Wonder, Alchemist, Iman Omari, and Kid Cudi.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some musical figures that influenced tha artist you are today?
Maya Huyana: Bob Marley, Teena Marie, Ralfi Pagan, Tupac, Santana, & Lauryn Hill.

Mistah Wilson: What have been some challenges you've faced on your journey as an artist?
Maya Huyana: Learning to be a recording artist was a challenge, like learning the art of recording and producing, how to use my mechanism. Moving to LA was also a HUGE adjustment lol. But I think I'm getting used to it [:

Mistah Wilson: What have been some more of the rewarding things you've experienced?
Maya Huyana: Dropping Rebirth was extremely gratifying. It felt wonderful to see my scattered thoughts turn into songs, then those songs evolve over time, then continue to record and design the music... lastly decide the final 7 that made the album. From beginning to end, creating a body of audible art (and my first passive income stream! lol) has been the most rewarding. 

Mistah Wilson: On ThaWilsonBlock, we like to help artists share their story. What do you plan to accomplish thru your music?
Maya Huyana: I would like to accomplish giving the world good music that they feel empowered upon listening to.

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to tha community for you?
Maya Huyana: Giving back is extremely important. My great grandparents instilled it in us early. I think we were put here for a bigger purpose other than our own exploits and desires.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists and musicians who may be reading this?
Maya Huyana: Take the time to develop your own unique sound.
In the words of a wise prophet named Dory "just keep swimming" lol
in the words of my granny "if you're going thru hell, keep goin"

Mistah Wilson: Where can people follow your music online?
Maya Huyana: Soundcloud @mayahuyana
iTunesSpotify + Tidal - @MayaHuyana

Mistah Wilson: Thank you so much, Maya Huyana for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock! It's always great when we get to interview artists that we are a fan of. If you have any shout outs, lets hear it!
Maya Huyana: shoutout to Tyrus Parks
shoutout to Elise
shoutout to Moms
shoutout to EOTR Network
shoutout to PakkMusic
shoutout to the homegirl Monie
shoutout to GOD
shoutout to ThaWilsonBlock !!!!!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pasadena rapper KStone talks Childhood, Incarceration, and Music (Exclusive Interview)

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Mistah Wilson: Yo KStone, what's good wit it! Thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! Before we get further into it, what was it like growing up in Pasadena, CA and what does it mean to be from tha City of Roses?
KStone: I'm a 80's baby so around that time it was turnt meaning the gang life. You seen the rising of the crack era. Pops a gang member so I remember hearing gunshots. 46 E. Montana St yea is where it all began. Mama got us in the kitchen clutching down I remember all of that. My childhood was nasty. To be from here City of the Rose it's a wonderful feeling blessed it's no other city like it.

Mistah Wilson: When did you know you wanted to pursue music?
KStone: I wanted to purse music at a young age. I remember pops got his beats playing on his stereo he had back n the day telling me to catch the beat read in his rhyme book at like 9. Since then it waz a go. But I didn't really start taking it serious til' like I hit the county jail at 18 shit got real for ya' boy. Just took my life and put it on paper.

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects do you have in tha works?
KStone: Right now I got my mixtape Tha Ghettos Preacher droppin' in November. Got some Features wit some real dope artist, too. So, early next year I'll have my first official Album out.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists you've worked with and which artists from DENA stand out tha most to you?
KStone: The artist I worked with have been Major James on that Life's A Gamble track off my last mixtape Almost Famous still out on nerveDjs are Datpiff.. Artists that stand out to me.. I like Greezy, Kali Slim, Kali B, Munee WaterzJay Mulah A lot he come off with that street gospel like me. I like V8 and what he doing over there. We all do it's a lot and we all got our own lane.
BStyle Photography

Mistah Wilson: From your standpoint, what has been tha state and condition of Pasadena's local music scene?
KStone: Superb. When it comes down to music my city is great we excel in this part because of the struggle because of where we live we bottle all that up and put it down. Due to that I think we get over looked a lot. I think we should all come together and put Dena where it's suppose to be. But right now we all in our own pocket making noise not as a unit. It's critical right now we need unity. Branching outside the box then I think people would take more notice and interest in us.

Mistah Wilson: In your songs you mention you've done prison time. What have been some challenges you've faced on your journey?
KStone: I did 4 in prison due to a terrible childhood growing up but the streets changed me. Got caught wit possession of sales of crack cocaine at 18 shortly after I caught my first gun case..multiple 211's it's been rough for me u could see it hear it cuz I talk about it. Seen the passing of my Brody Kendrick Mcneil late 2015 really struck a nerve wit me still do always will. The struggle from homelessness has really humbled me to the person I am to today.

Mistah Wilson: What have been some more of tha rewarding things you've experienced thus far?
KStone: First off the Birth of my son Bralynn Kendrick-Lawrence McNeil a real blessing for me. I got to work with Major James that was a goal of mine since I heard Roll On with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, really nothin too major right now but my future is lookin' bright.

Mistah Wilson: What message are you trying to send through your music?
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KStone: The message I'm trying to send is a positive one through all the struggles + the court cases
What ever u have on ya' lap u can get through it. And my music gives you that side of life where we're not as fortunate as others. We take losses and go through things that's terrifying and I'm that voice to tell people what we go through. Me, Tha Ghetto's Preacher..

Mistah Wilson: Where can people connect and follow you online?
KStone: All man, they can tap in wit me through my Email
My facebook at Kendall kstone McNeil
My ig at topdafoodchainent

Mistah Wilson: Yo, KStone! This is only tha beginning, fam! Thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. Got any shout outs?
KStone: Got a couple on'em shot out Kali Slim my producer beat maker everything in one right there. Shot out the squad Topdafoodchain Kmack Phatz, StoneMack, Stone. N. Peace, RuffBabys, Kali B,  Much Love Jay MulahMunee Waterz, G-Raff, my support Tha Squad.

"Life's A Gamble" music video by KStone featuring Major James


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Bing Bing explains how Foster Care & Heart Break has Affected him as an Artist

November 10th, 2017 is a big day for Pasadena, CA rapper Bing Bing and his alter ego, Mistah Wilson. Tha Bingster has officially informed tha block that his next musical project will be called Beautiful Struggle 2: Open Wounds and tha 2nd single is due out on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Marking the 3rd time that Bing Bing has changed the title of his forthcoming compilation, he's decided to make "Beautiful Struggle" a mixtape series as he did with Tha West Kept Secret from 2007-2011.
Bing Bing with Friends of Foster Children after wrapping
Christmas Gifts for Group Home Kids

"The songs I'm writing still have that pain in them that coincides with what I call tha Beautiful Struggle. It makes sense to continue with this theme," explains Bing Bing.

With all that being said, November 10th is a huge day for Bing Bing and ThaWilsonBlock. Tha Pasadena native will be making his debut performance at Legacy Fridays going down at the Historical Landmark Washington Hall on 14th & Fir St. We don't know if Bing Bing is going to hit em with some new songs or take em back with tracks off of Music & Me mixtape or Tha Hater's Favorite EP. What we do know is that Mistah Wilson is dropping ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue57 on tha same day...and it's being released for FREE DOWNLOAD again!

In 2016, Bing Bing released Beautiful Struggle mixtape subtitled "Welcome to tha Beautiful Struggle". It was a mixtape about tha obstacles he faces on his mission to make a difference. Bing Bing claims that it was an incomplete mixtape...he just didn't want to push it back any further. Well, we're moving fast into 2018 and Bing Bing still believes that Music is precursor to tha best that's yet to come. He is titling his upcoming project Beautiful Struggle 2: Open Wounds. Inspiration from tha "Open Wounds" subtitle stems from growing up in foster care and not knowing tha truth (or tha whole truth...if you will) about who his dad is or tha circumstances that explains why he had to grow up tha way he did.

"Growing up in foster care for majority of my life, I have slowly learned as an adult that there were and still are a lot of what feels like "secrets" being kept from me about my own life. Meaning there are people out there that know more about tha particulars of my childhood than I do," Bing Bing shares with us. "Considering all that in addition to recent relationships ending in heartbreak, I carry a lot of 'open wounds'. A lot of things have happened to me that I just never got any closure for. After awhile, those pains build and I am tested. And so, I've come to tha conclusion that music is how I'll be able to tell my truths. Music will allow me to share my testimony in hopes of reaching someone and sparking that inspiration in them. Music is tha tool that will enable me to turn these negative situations into positive outcomes."

You can catch Bing Bing PERFORMING LIVE in Seattle, WA on November, 10th, 2017!!!

Who: Bing Bing
What: PERFORMING LIVE (DEBUT PERFORMANCE) at Legacy Fridays Showcase
When: Friday November 10th, 2017 from 6:00p - 12:00a
Where: Washington Hall (14th Ave. & Fir St. Seattle, WA)

Beautiful Struggle 2: Open Wounds
First Single: "Regardless" ft. Suntonio Bandanaz
Second Single: TBR 11/23/17 (Thanksgiving Day)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue56 (October 2017) featuring CrystalTears

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CrystalTears explains how he used Music as an alternative to Suicide + How Federal Policy Designed the American Suburb + thawilsonMAG's $1M Issue + Coretta Scott King + Medgar Evers + Harry Tyson Moore + Beautiful Women + Street Art & Photography + much much more!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bing Bing Changes Title of Upcoming 2017-2018 Album

Pasadena rapper Bing Bing announced that effective immediately he is changing the title of his upcoming mixtape "UhBuDuya" to "Open Wounds". Reasons for the change have a lot to do with rejection and the burden he carries from a broken household. Bing Bing had this to say 
"At 27 it hurts to walk around with all this pain .. I have memories that make me smile. Laugh. Then there are memories that convict my heart. Stop me in my tracks. I just can't go on like this. As much as I desire to help others I don't owe anyone but myself. And it seems tha only way to patch these wounds is to tell my truth."The theme of the UhBuDuya mixtape was to come off as little more chill and relaxed than his previous project Beautiful Struggle. It was meant to be more of a compilation of catchy hooks and creative concepts. But, the way Bing's latest single "Regardless" ft.
Suntonio Bandanaz sounds, we may be in for another sad and emotional project. 

"Being under so much pressure lately, "UhBuDuya" just didn't fit where I'm at in life right now. When I thought about all the fall outs in my life, broken relationships, the closure I never got to have, untold truths others know about my own life, Open Wounds was a great fit for the theme of my next project," explains Bing Bing.

Bing Bing also tells us to expect a 2nd single for the Open Wounds project between now and Thanksgiving. And he's writing some of his best stuff yet...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mistah Wilson Shouts Out Supporters who Bought Issues of ThaWilsonBlock Magazine

Mistah Wilson talks thawilsonblock.net is back! + Issue55 Cover Story + Latest Interviews + Pasadena to Seattle transition + The importance of supporting each other as artists + Shout outs + so much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine: One Million Dollar Issue

Sunday, September 10, 2017

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue55

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K-Syran set to release new album + Foster Youth Success Stories + Bing Bing features Seattle Hip Hop Legend Suntonio Bandanaz on new single + Photography + so much more...

Friday, August 18, 2017

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue54 (August 2017)