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Saturday, April 27, 2019

thawilsonblock magazine issue99

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Stream & Purchase "Black Velvet" album by Charles Bradley + Arcadia, CA conceptual street sign photography catalog + "Rebirth" by Maya Huyana (Album Review by Jhantu Randall) + Ella Haber + Terry Callier + Emma Donovan + Menahan Street Band + James Bay + Danny Goldberg + Maggie Rogers + Emily King + so much more...

Monday, April 22, 2019

Read "Rebirth" by Maya Huyana (Album Review by Jhantu Randall)

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In a world that is under the spell of ratchet decadence where shock value is a profitable selling strategy, sincere creativity tends to be overshadowed far too often. Not to say there aren’t other options available, for every Cardi B a Rhapsody or Snow Tha Product exists, so to say there’s no good music is disingenuous. There’s plenty of undiscovered talent out there and thanks to streaming it’s widely available, you just have to be willing to search for it.

It’s with this in mind that I found myself giving a listen to an artist I had never heard of, Maya Huyuna. Something about the simplicity of her Rebirth cover just drew me in. There was a vulnerability and a strong confidence that came across as beautiful. Upon the first listen of Rebirth, it is clear that this woman has something to say and she won’t stop until she’s heard!

Between jazzy, neo soul sounding beats and rhythms and a raw delivery fused with melodic vocals, there’s no way to box her in when it comes to genre. While that may be seen as a challenge it’s precisely that which holds my attention. The anticipation of wondering what’s coming next is a welcomed feeling. Without trying to classify what she does, if I had to describe her in any sort of way I’d say she strikes a sound that draws from Lauren Hill and fuses it with the poetry of Gil Scott Heron. This is most evident on the opening track, “Rebirth” where Maya starts with a rhythmic flow that get accompanied by a fuller singing voice about 20 second in.

“Inner City Dialogue” is one of my favorite tracks as it just chills you out and allows you to take in the moment as you reflect on what it took to get you there. Painting pictures with her words she creates images that play in your mind with intricate cinematography. “Come Home (Dreamin’)” gives vibes of coming home after a long day to reconnect with a woman who is celebrating that natural essence. Invoking imagery of feeling the best parts of true love. “Maya’s Jam” is pure creativity constructed to a track without doing too much, the natural feeling of it all makes it a track that deserves a repeated listen. “Say Yeah/The Calm” is a track I would play on a carefree summer day as the sun is beginning to set just beyond the horizon. It’s the perfect transition into “Soul food” which accompanies a drive at dusk with the windows down as you feel a warm summers breeze. “One of Us” is a modern take on “What if God was one of Us” which is a good way to bring it down while at the same time ending the album on a positive note.

My only real complaint about Rebirth is its length. At only 7 tracks all under 5 minutes, it left me wanting more to feel fully complete. On the flip side it’s definitely lead me to wanting more music from Maya Huyuna in the near future. Do yourself a favor and give Rebirth a listen as you bring in Summer as its a slow burn that will ultimately stick with you for some time.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

thawilsonblock magazine issue98

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Featuring Stock Photographers + Pasadena Music Scene to be revived? + Sir Charles + Charles Bradley + R-Mean + JP Bimeni & The Black Belts + so much more...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Meet Hip Hop Artist "Bing Bing" from Pasadena, CA

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Bing Bing is a Hip Hop artist who writes and performs songs about life experiences, the beautiful struggle, and empowerment. Having a special interest in local arts, Bing Bing is the (artist) alter ego of Mistah Wilson and thawilsonblock.

WilsonBlock100 Radio is Now Officially on Spotify

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Good news on tha block! WilsonBlock100 Radio is now on Spotify! Add your favorite episodes to your playlist today!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

thawilsonblock magazine issue97

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DISCOVER LOCAL MUSIC + Mihis Alex + Marcelo Dias + Tom Francis + Blane Lyon + Johannes Plenio + Rachel Mazer + Tanika Charles + Doobie Powell + Patrick Antonian & many more...



Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Stream & Purchase Nipsey Hussle's Full Discography (((Major Releases)))

Stream Nipsey Hussle's Full Discography Containing all of his Major Releases. In respect to Nipsey's legacy, every link to stream his music within this article is directed to his own distribution accounts.

Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify


Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify


Stream on: Apple Music /// Spotify
Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify

Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify
Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify


Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify

Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify


Stream on:   Apple Music   ///   Spotify

Saturday, April 6, 2019

thawilsonblock magazine issue96

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Now Seeking CREATIVE FREELANCERS + Mistah Wilson's New Logo + Aaron Abernathy + Black Milk + Dragonspit + Simon Matzinger + Tyler Lastovich + so much more...

Monday, April 1, 2019

thawilsonblock magazine SPECIAL EDITION Honoring the Legendary NIPSEY HUSSLE

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thawilsonblock magazine SPECIAL EDITION Honoring Legendary NIPSEY HUSSLE + Stream Nipsey's Full Discography + an Open Letter from Mistah Wilson + Gallery + more...