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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue78 (November 28th, 2018)

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Poet ERNEST PEACE talks Life, Inspiration, & Poetry in an Exclusive Interview w/ Mistah Wilson on WilsonBlock100 Radio + Angie Maserati + Carl Madison + Fat Joe + DJ Khaled + Busta Rhymes + & so much more.....

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Pasadena may build overpass at Gold Line on California Blvd

Pasadenans have a love-hate relationship with the Gold Line.

They love the convenience of a train whisking them to Los Angeles from six stations throughout the Crown City. However, when the train emerges from its underground lair and crosses Del Mar Boulevard, California Boulevard and Glenarm Street at street level, the sentiments of motorists mired at the downed gates similarly take a turn.

In fact, those waiting three or more minutes or several signal cycles may curse the train as they jockey from lane to lane to find a quicker way to cross.

“As much as a I love the Gold Line, it certainly has bisected our city during rush hour,” Pasadena City Councilman Andy Wilson said. “It is part of the bigger narrative of city congestion.”

Monday, November 26, 2018

EVENT: 12/2/18 Garfield Heights Historic Home Tour in Pasadena, CA

We have a wonderful line-up of five beautiful homes, featuring styles as diverse as Arts and Crafts, Victorian, Victorian Cottage and Colonial Revival, all open on this year's tour!  These homes were built in our gracious neighborhood from 1895 to 1915; and now they will be open for you to tour and enjoy.

Tickets for the 12th Garfield Heights Home Tour, to be held December 2, 2018, are on sale now.  If you purchase your tickets in advance, you will get a discount off the ticket price.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue77 feat. Street Photography in Seattle (11/21/18)

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Street Photography in Seattle, WA + Haines Wharf Park + Malcolm X  + Babalu Machete + Shaz Illyork + Blank Face, & much more...

The Prodigal Child of Pasadena by Jhantu Randall

I met up with the current subject for this article, Bing Bing on a Saturday evening at Nate’s Chicken and Waffles in Seattle. Before I get too far ahead of myself, Bing Bing is the stage name of Michael Taylor, the man who brought me in and gave me an opportunity at ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. With that explanation stated up front, this article is the perfect test as I’ve covered artists, live performances, and entrepreneurs and this man is a culmination of all 3.

From creating a publication that promotes local artists and events that highlight the culture, to a podcast that gives listeners a chance to hear the voice of an unheard star before they make their mark, Hip Hop is the lifeblood that tells the hustlers’ story. It gives a voice to the voiceless, the underclass that's routinely propped up as pawns and then forced to carry the burden of feeling forgotten. It’s these precise circumstances that fuel an indescribable desire to rise above the position your were given, live the American Dream and experience creating the vision.

As we sat for a meeting, he broke down the numbers of the articles traction and other things that had to do with music in general. As this conversation carried on, I was invited to hear some of Bing Bing’s music which I admit I’d never really sat and listened to prior to this. In situations like this it’s best not to go into listenings with any sort of preconceived notions or expectations and just let your genuine reactions dictate your first impression as you begin to form an opinion. I won’t get into the songs I heard in that moment other than to say that Bing is definitely an emcee as opposed to just being a rapper. For him it’s more about a feeling and conveying a story as opposed to just being a dope spitter with a catalog of quotable’s.

With the release of Bing Bing’s mixtape entitled “Beautiful Struggle” I initially had my reservations. It holds the same name as Talib Kweli’s second solo studio album but the phrase itself is broad and I was curious to hear Bing’s interpretation of this concept. The opening track immediately hits with an aggressive tone and swift delivery in which you can sense his hunger carried in every bar. The album, and I call it that due to the sampling and music used to create a project which elevates the listener and gives them a flashback to the golden era that inspired many to write when they were younger, is filled with interludes from other artists and associates who give Bing a shoutout. It’s these bridges that reinforce the progress he’s made through his journey thus far. Like the album name itself, his use of Nas’ classic memory lane beat made me eager to hear a new story over a beat that demands the ability to tell a story that can describe a common grind while at the same time, still be unique the the artists baring it.

Being associated with a person who possesses this kind of drive only shows me that with the right outlook one can take a mere idea and create a foundation that allows others to build and link as they spread to a variety of venues in an ever expanding region. In the end, theres always multiple ways to tell your story with a lasting effect.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Listen to "They Don't Love You How They Say They Do" by KStone (((AUDIO)))

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue76 (11/14/18) featuring Brisko100

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featuring BRISKO100 + Dr. Umar Johnson on supporting Hip Hop artists + Grand Opus + Gregory Boyle's Homeboy Industries + YouTube Fights Back Against Music Industry + so much more...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue75

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Highlighting the Life & Character of Harriet Tubman + thawilsonMAG Achieves ONE MILLION+ READS + Kyle Kamppi + On Tha Line w/ OG Clifford Ryan + Kam Corvet + Tha Soul Crooner's Summer Vibes EP + Black Panther movie review + so much more...

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Achieves ONE MILLION READS!!!

Real quick, tho, Mistah Wilson talks about ThaWilsonBlock Magazine reaching 1,000,000 reads on the same day as Issue75 is to be released.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

On Tha Line with Brisko100: New Music + DENA Eastside + & more on WilsonBlock100 Radio

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Pasadena artist Brisko100 is on tha line w/ Mistah Wilson about his new song "Pressure" and the release of his new EP "TOXIC". Other topics include life growing up in Eastside Pasadena, gang culture, and personal testimony.

Monday, November 5, 2018

PODCAST: "I Didn't Know How Strong I Was..." by Mistah Wilson on WilsonBlock100 Radio

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Mistah Wilson talks about not knowing how strong he was until being strong was the only choice he had...