Friday, February 28, 2014

WilsonBlock100 Radio Show #1 hosted by Mistah Wilson - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

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Lovey ELise

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Mistah Wilson interviews Singer/Songwriter Lovey Elise on Singing, Rapping, and Performances. - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

Mistah Wilson interviews Singer/Songwriter Lovey Elise on Singing, Rapping, and Performances.

Mistah Wilson: Hey, Lovey! Thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock! How ya' been?
Lovey Elise: Thank you For having me I appreciate the Love , Im fabulous as always ... Thank you for asking  

Mistah Wilson: For our readers sake, tell us a little about yourself. Something we may not know already... 
Lovey Elise: Thats a tough one. Something you may not already know? Well at the most i can say without truly exposing myself is that i'm no angel. I think sometimes people get caught up on my pictures online and how my internet presence and then when they meet me they are totally blown away about how real i am. they seem like they expect to speak to a snooty little princess when really i'm one of the homies  and they tend to think that i ain't never been through nothing , but its the exact opposite i've been more then i should have! so i guess most people don't know that i'm a life survivor. 

Mistah Wilson: We've seen you perform with Imani Akil at Live @ The Loft in Hen's Teeth Square a few months back. We were definitely moved by your voice. How long have you been singing and performing?
Lovey Elise: Well the rumor is i have been singing since before i could actually talk ! but as far as i can remember i was five when i sang my first church solo and i was 12 when i wrote my first song, 14 when i professionally recorded the title track on a soundtrack for a musical , so i've been at this pretty much my whole life.
Mistah Wilson: You and Imani make a cold duet. What is the collaboration process like between you two?
Lovey Elise: Well the creative process comes fairly easy between us. We have been doing music together for as long as we have been together so our chemistry is crazy . But we both have our own strengths in this music so we both kind of fall into each others weak spots for support musically . 
But truly he Points in a direction and watches me fly off and meets some where in the middle.

Mistah Wilson: What did you start doing first: Singing or Rapping?
Lovey Elise: Man i was a singer who wrote poetry. Then my poetry turned into hooks to my songs and then it turned into rap lyrics so creatively it was almost an inevitable transition. 

Mistah Wilson: Your music is on hit! Without question. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
Lovey Elise: everything i write about is either a feeling i had or something i went through or something im feeling or going through currently ! But all of it is my real life experience , and as hard as it may be to believe my rap too. The thing is , is sometimes i feel like two different people. The person i was and am still struggling with verses the person i have always been trying to be. and i struggle with it musically when it comes to rapping verses singing . 
Mistah Wilson: What are you currently working on now?
Lovey Elise: Im currently finishing up my Rnb Lp entitled "The Wake Up" ! After that the sky is kinda the limit for me. Im going to get started on putting together a band and transitioning into different genres of music because i've become quite bored and disgusted with the music i hear today. Rnb,Soul etc is not what it used to be and Im kinda over after this Album is finished .

Mistah Wilson: What is the most challenging thing about being an aspiring artist?
Lovey Elise: I would say the most challenging thing would balancing your family life and day job with the same intensity as your musical career. sometimes i find it hard to stay focused on my music when i have responsibilities and things pulling me in so many different directions. so for me like i said finding balance to match my motivations is the hardest part. 

Mistah Wilson: Now, most artists work their whole lives and don't get to perform at the House of Blues. You & Imani did it twice. How was that experience?
Lovey Elise: Believe it or not it was actually very stressful ! There is a lot that goes into making sure you put on a great show at a venue like that. A lot of leg work prior to. Networking, promoting, rehearsing, song selection, show mixes, Your Look, Your Routine,Making sure you don't kill your voice before the show even comes and the list goes on and on. But when you have a great turn out at a great venue and you give it 100% and see the crowd having an awesome time and smiling at you and singing your songs , its the best feeling in the world !! and its all worth the pressure that you go through prior too then when you see some of those people come back again and bring more people and they wanna share your talent with other friends Then you know you did exactly what you were suppose to do ! Work ! 

Mistah Wilson: Who are some of your key influences?
Lovey Elise: Some of my influences would be , Etta James , Ray Charles , Della Reese , Areo Smith , The Doors , Queen , Mary J Bliege of course, Parliament, Bootsy Collins, Jone Jet , Nina Simone , India Arie, Heart , Ottis Redding, Lauryn Hill and the list goes and goes but its probably not the musical inspirations people would think . 
Mistah Wilson: Thanks a bunch for coming through for this exclusive interview with us, Lovey. Got any shout outs? Lets hear em!
Lovey Elise: Yes indeed !!! I like to shout out my Lover , Friend and Business Partner Imani Akil The President of Truespitters and Ts Certified Ent . Shouts out to my radio Team at shut em down radio /TsThursdays B-nice my co host , The Boss man Dirty Salow , Sneek Rothstien My promotion assistant Akele Askari , My producers Edot and Crooked Noize and The whole Ts Family !

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pasadena artist Justin Miller checks in with ThaWilsonBlock as they talk about Showcases, Independent music, & what inspired him to become a rapper. - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

Pasadena artist Justin Miller checks in with ThaWilsonBlock as they talk about Showcases, Independent music, & what inspired him to become a rapper.

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Justin Miller what's good, fam! Honored to have you hear with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock! What's happenin?
Justin Miller: I’m honored to do it! Just working on finishing my official mixtape: Burning Bridges.

Mistah Wilson: For those who are just now discovering you, can you give us a broad background of yourself? Where are you coming from?
Justin Miller: I was born and raised all over Los Angeles. In high school I was sent to stay with my father in South Pasadena and I’ve been in love with Dena ever since.

Mistah Wilson: Now we seen you perform at Rough City's #NoSleepTilKrushGroove and we remember you saying," My name is Justin Miller because that's the name my mama gave me." Can you tell us a little more about that and why you chose to run with your full name as your alias?
Justin Miller: I’m glad you remember that. I’m really into all types of music and I’ve noticed that rap is the only genre where its unaccepted to use your real name. Singers and musicians don’t use alias’ so I figure that I shouldn’t have to. Along with that, my entire theme and focus that I express in my music is individuality and self-acceptance. I can’t tell people to accept who they are and try not to be someone or something they aren’t and then call myself a name that I made up to sound cool. (No offense fellow rappers)

Mistah Wilson: As a local, independent artist, how important is a local music scene and why?
Justin Miller: It’s incredibly important because nobody ever did anything great by themselves. It always takes help to get anything amazing done and through a local scene you get to meet other artist that you can learn from or work with. Also, growing confidence and being a polished entertainer takes practice and for that you need a community that’s willing to get together and share those experiences or create a buzz.

Mistah Wilson: Who or what has inspired you to pick up the mic and become an MC?
Justin Miller: I always loved to write things. I went from poetry to rap in high school when I started battling with everyone following that 8 mile movie we all know about. After beating everyone that I went against I knew I had something. I didn’t decide to become an emcee.. I was rapping in my friends car and he told me that I would be stupid to not take it seriously. I guess in a way I was talked into it. Shortly after that I won a rap battle and the feeling I got from being on stage and the respect that I got from the crowd had me hooked!!

Mistah Wilson: What would you say has been the most challenging thing about being an up-and-coming artist?
Justin Miller: The most challenging thing for a rap artist has to be finding your niche. It’s so important to have a theme and story that matches your image. It’s almost like making a new invention or trying to pitch a new company you have to sell yourself to the listener and that can’t just be random. Unless you’re making trap music.

Mistah Wilson: We heard your collaboration with fellow rapper Mr. McStrange on "The Kickback". Real lyrical danger. What brought you guys together for that track?
Justin Miller: We have been friends since high school. Actually when I was younger I tried writing songs with McStrange but he was more serious than I. After I made it for real it was only right that we get together. We’re working on an EP that will be done late this year. We call the project “Just Strange.”

Mistah Wilson: What words of encouragement would you give other aspiring artists who would like to pursue a career in arts?
Justin Miller: Talent and skill are two different things. You can learn the skill of rapping and not have any talent for it. Make sure whatever you decide to pour all of your energy, time, and money into is something that isn’t a dead end. That being said do what makes you happy and it can’t be that bad.

Mistah Wilson: What can we expect from you in the near future?
Justin Miller: Right now I’m working with a few producers AB Lean, Clean Cuts, Chain Isadoria on finishing my official mixtape that I’ll be pushing to the public asap. That being said I work with everyone, I don’t turn people down and there are some collaborations coming up soon with acts like Rough City, Henry Canyons, and Screwg just to name a few.

Mistah Wilson: Yo Justin Miller much appreciation for comin thru for this exclusive one! Looking forward to having you back soon. Got any shoutouts?
Justin Miller: Thanks a lot Bing Bing! Shout out to Rough City, Henry Canyons, Mr. McStrange, Glocane, Zarkhi, Chain Isadoria, and my beautiful mama!
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Noy "Broke Today, Rich Tomorrow" vol.2 (Album Review) - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

It just came to our attention. Most of our album reviews are going to feature hot projects simply because we tend to fall along those lines. We can't deliver anything meaningless & firmly stand behind it. It is something of an obligation to do right by the content we co-sign & such.
(click picture to download mixtape)
(click picture to download mixtape)

Noy, not only an illified MC, but a true child of God. His latest mixtape Broke Today, Rich Tomorrow vol.2 (click to download) has been floating around the streets of Pasadena and it's making


How do we know? Well, we bought one personally from Noy as he was hustling his mixtape by hand in the streets. At this current day & age, we proclaim Broke Today, Rich Tomorrow vol.2 the most Admirable Album out in the streets of Pasadena, Ca. Not downing any other dena mc's as we know you are out there.

We give this album 5/5 mics.

We had to get Noy on ThaWilsonBlock Network. The album comes with 13 classic cuts that you MUST get your ears on. It has features by Lil S, Big Araz, & D Haile. We've been inspired by it. And we plan to pursue his prior projects though he claims he's came a long way. The two songs we recommend are:

  1. Outer Limit
  2. Gotta Respect It

You can check him out by going to his page:

 Noy on ThaWilsonBlock Network

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Pasadena Media new studio Grand Opening set for March 4th, 2014 - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

The Pasadena Community Access Corporation Board has confirmed that the new Pasadena Media studios will have it's Grand Opening on March 4th. Tours of the new studio will be available on the day of the opening.

"We expect no further delays and will start moving equipment in next week," Executive Director Keri Stokstad reported. All were pleased that this long process is coming to completion.

Tuesday's February 4th Board meeting was the first held at the new facility located at 150 S Los Robles Ave.

photo by Howie Zechner

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Monday, February 3, 2014

C Carter & Rough City at House of Blues sunset strip - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

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Bing Bing performs "Do It For God" at House of Blues Sunset Strip 12/26/12 - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

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Local Artists perform at Rough City's #NoSleepTilKrushGroove showcase at The Terrace - ThaWilsonBlock® Network

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Sky Is The Limit Remake

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Just Strange (Justin Miller + Mr. McStrange) - The Kickback

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Crazy, Amazing [Beat by Clean Cuts]

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Justin Miller - So Cold

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