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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue54

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Pasadena artist XL Middleton on Soundcloud

Pasadena Music Scene

Pasadena artist ZONEIAK MCGEE on Soundcloud

Pasadena Music Scene

Pasadena artist IceMan Da Prophet on Soundcloud

Pasadena Music Scene

Pasadena rapper MIC drops new music visual "RSVP" (A Night At The Beach)



Pasadena Music Scene

Honey


DRILL (OFFICIAL) - NATE FREDZ


Monday, June 16, 2014

16 B.A.R.S. - Heaven Is For Real(Official Music Video)

Pasadena Music Scene

ThaWilsonBlock® Network: "Durty World" by Durty Flow (Album Review)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/durty-world/id736215629
Savannah, Georgia rapper Durty Flow is not your typical Hip Hop artist. His latest album Durty World is already making noise on the internet with tracks like “Okay Nah” and “On Me”. The Pioneer Records artist is not only putting on for Savannah, Georgia, but he is representing for the Durty South on a whole new level. The 12-cut LP comes with very few features like Nae B, who appeared on “Cali Swag” and Norman Vincent who featured on “Us  17”, the last track on the album. Durty Flow is definitely worth checking out! And here is why…



The first track on the compilation “The Jonzes” delivers that raw Georgia-style southern Hip Hop flow that we all love. “You Don’t WannaKnow” is that track you’d probably hear on your local radio station. It has a good radio-ready sound that is perfect for the mainstream. His song “Bring the Cops Out” is one of those bangers that puts your car stereo system to the test. One of those songs you bump loud with the windows up as you cruise through the neighborhood. His song “5 More Bottles” is a perfect blend of epic Hip Hop with a touch Durty South.
“In The Zone” is a song about being in the zone. It’s that song on the album where he talks about living that Georgia culture lifestyle. His title song “Durty World” comes in at number 8 with a real Hip Hop feel to it. It’s a Durty World, so get use to it. Track 9 “Trippin’” is a catchy song that qualifies as a single and is our favorite cut on the album. The production on “Trippin” is top notch and the hook will have you repeating it before you even know


https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/durty-world/id736215629
it. “In The Streets” was one of the first songs we heard from Durty Flow. In the song, Durty Flow talks about what he sees and experiences in the streets of Georgia. It has a cool mix of instrumentation that makes it more than an album-filler.



Now, when we heard “Cali Swag”, we were bobbin our heads cruising down the street. It’s one of those tracks that definitely passes for mainstream. With this song, Durty talks about how he’s cool wherever he goes and that he is putting his city on the map.  The last track on the album “Us 17” intrigued us. The production on this track alongside the powerful lyrics displayed by Durty Flow give this song a great rating!
Durty Flow’s musical influences include the likes of Isley Brothers, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Tupac, & Biggie. As a southern rapper, you can hear the resemblance in his music. Durty World is just the beginning for Durty Flow. We are looking forward to seeing more from this artist as he continues working on his craft and developing connections to satisfy the demand of his music. Durty Flow is the artist that a lot of rappers want to be. This album has a high replay value and will go on to be one of Savannah, Georgia’s top artists from the local music scene.
Pasadena Music Scene

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Los Angeles poet Brooke Jean is coming to #Pasadena

www.BrookeJean.com

Los Angeles, Ca based poet Brooke Jean is known for her eclectic, concious vibe and sound. And guess what? She is coming to #Pasadena to perform at Live @ The Loft in the Hen's Teeth Square at The Sidewalk Cafe venue (2057 N. Los Robles Pasadena, Ca 91104)

Pasadena Music Scene

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Durty World" by Durty Flow (Album Review)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/durty-world/id736215629
Savannah, Georgia rapper Durty Flow is not your typical Hip Hop artist. His latest album Durty World is already making noise on the internet with tracks like “Okay Nah” and “On Me”. The Pioneer Records artist is not only putting on for Savannah, Georgia, but he is representing for the Durty South on a whole new level. The 12-cut LP comes with very few features like Nae B, who appeared on “Cali Swag” and Norman Vincent who featured on “Us  17”, the last track on the album. Durty Flow is definitely worth checking out! And here is why…

The first track on the compilation “The Jonzes” delivers that raw Georgia-style southern Hip Hop flow that we all love. “You Don’t WannaKnow” is that track you’d probably hear on your local radio station. It has a good radio-ready sound that is perfect for the mainstream. His song “Bring the Cops Out” is one of those bangers that puts your car stereo system to the test. One of those songs you bump loud with the windows up as you cruise through the neighborhood. His song “5 More Bottles” is a perfect blend of epic Hip Hop with a touch Durty South.

“In The Zone” is a song about being in the zone. It’s that song on the album where he talks about living that Georgia culture lifestyle. His title song “Durty World” comes in at number 8 with a real Hip Hop feel to it. It’s a Durty World, so get use to it. Track 9 “Trippin’” is a catchy song that qualifies as a single and is our favorite cut on the album. The production on “Trippin” is top notch and the hook will have you repeating it before you even know
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/durty-world/id736215629
it. “In The Streets” was one of the first songs we heard from Durty Flow. In the song, Durty Flow talks about what he sees and experiences in the streets of Georgia. It has a cool mix of instrumentation that makes it more than an album-filler.

Now, when we heard “Cali Swag”, we were bobbin our heads cruising down the street. It’s one of those tracks that definitely passes for mainstream. With this song, Durty talks about how he’s cool wherever he goes and that he is putting his city on the map.  The last track on the album “Us 17” intrigued us. The production on this track alongside the powerful lyrics displayed by Durty Flow give this song a great rating!

Durty Flow’s musical influences include the likes of Isley Brothers, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Tupac, & Biggie. As a southern rapper, you can hear the resemblance in his music. Durty World is just the beginning for Durty Flow. We are looking forward to seeing more from this artist as he continues working on his craft and developing connections to satisfy the demand of his music. Durty Flow is the artist that a lot of rappers want to be. This album has a high replay value and will go on to be one of Savannah, Georgia’s top artists from the local music scene.

My Rising Tide Contest Winner Talks with Russell Simmons


Jangles interview (WilsonBlock100 Radio)



Pasadena Music Scene

Jangles interview (WilsonBlock100 Radio)

Pasadena Music Scene

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue16 "The Orca"

http://issuu.com/thawilsonblock/docs/thawilsonblock_magazine_issue16__th


Rapper V8 posted at Jackie Robinson Park in Pasadena - PDL turf


Rapper V8 posted at Jackie Robinson Park in Pasadena - PDL turf


Nipsey Hussle Speaks On His Relationship With His Daughter, Being Indepe...

Pasadena Music Scene

How Pasadena ignores it's true essence...

The City of Pasadena is a world-renowned town with a lot to it. It's a big small town with it's own attractions, politics, and it's own money. For the past 7 years, The City of Pasadena has been ignoring the cause of it's native local artists. And the community is starting to take notice.

The local artists in and from Pasadena don't have many (if any at all) organizations that cater to the local artists who live in Pasadena, grew up in Pasadena, and have stories in Pasadena. No one has their best interest at heart. It is interesting, though. If you take a look at Pasadena's music scene today, you'll see cliques of local artists working together. But still, there is no organization there to bridge the gap between the many different movements in the city. Something that is crucial to the success of a united local music scene.

Week after week, local artists glance at the cover of the Pasadena Weekly only to find that they go unnoticed yet again. It sent a shock to the music scene when the weekly recently gave a cover to Rock/Soul/Fusion band The Letters Home, a band currently based out of Pasadena. Local artists from around the music scene appreciated seeing that. But sure enough, next week's cover went way left field. PW constantly features artists from other places. Glendale. Calremont. Anywhere other than Pasadena/Altadena. Local, native artists do not appreciate Pasadena Weekly using the Pasadena name and not including the local artists who make up a big part of the community.

The City of Pasadena can claim to have "a stronghold on the local music scene." To a degree, that may be true. But let's take a look at what a local music scene is. Is it the venues around the city that make up a city's music scene or is it the local artists from that town? Arguably, both. You just can't have one without the other. Pasadena has strong pride, but not enough culture. The City governance and organizations are so disconnected from the native local artists that many of them are not considered for a festival like MakeMusicPasadena. Hardly any Pasadena artists performed in Pasadena during the street-filled MakeMusicPasadena festival in 2014. For the native local artists, it hurts.

It's even been hard for local artists to perform at the annual Black History Parade & Festival in
Pasadena. Jarvis Emerson of the Jackie Robinson Center and Paco Swartz banned almost 10 local artists from performing at the festival this year compromising the Bringing It Together movement, a movement started by actual native local artists in the community. They had personal reasons for blocking the 8 local artists who were ready to perform. And when one of the local artists submitted an unsatisfactory grievance to the Jackie Robinson Center, he received hate mail from a third-party before Jarvis Emerson of the Jackie Robinson Center ever responded to the Email. This event was yet another example of how the City of Pasadena ignores its true essence. It's local artists. It's native artists who live in Pasadena. Grew up in Pasadena. Walk in Pasadena. Went to school in Pasadena. Raised kids in Pasadena.

Pasadena artists today are proactive in building their name and brand. If any of the mainstream publications in Pasadena actually went out into the Pasadena community in search for a local artist to cover, that would not only revive local culture, but bring about unity. A local music scene should work something like a music industry for that specific town. All active artists should be known by the community. "If the City of Pasadena and it's media outlets continue to ignore the cause of it's native artists in the community, we will take matters in our own hands and perform on the streets without permits," says a frustrated local artist from Pasadena's East side. "It's not that we feel the city owes us anything, but we know what a quality music scene looks like. And we know what it takes to get there.
All we need is cooperation from the City of Pasadena," explains a local female songwriter whose optimistic about the future of the local music scene.

There is definitely a new wave building in Pasadena. A new movement of local artists who are coming together for a common goal. Local artists are starting to invest in each other with their time, money, & resources. "Before we can truly expect the City of Pasadena to acknowledge us, we first have to bridge the gap between the different independent music movements in the city. Come together and bring up the collective local music scene," says Mistah Wilson of ThaWilsonBlock Network. "Because right now, you got cats like S Claz and 210West dropping mixtapes featuring local artists within their circle. Very rarely are we reaching out to other local movements for anything. And it says loud & clear that most of us only care about our own well-being."

There are still movements in Pasadena who don't embrace the Pasadena Music Scene. Local artists claim they want to "put the city on" but lack the ability to come together. Are you trying to put the city on or have it under your foot stool? Because a local artist who really wants to put the city on will have the interests of any & every other local artist in town. -Pasadena Music Scene

Monday, June 2, 2014

YOUTH DAY 2013: Manyang Reath


Manyang Reath's Dream of Humanity Helping Sudan


2013 Humanitarian Award Winner Manyang Reath at the Africa Diaspora Awards

Sudanese Refugee Manyang Reath Kher wins 2013 Humanitarian Award
The African Diaspora Awards is a special initiative that aims to celebrate exemplary individuals who have made a significant difference in the African community in the United States. The African Diaspora Awards aims to identify and celebrate notable Africans that have genuinely excelled in various spheres of life, as well as individuals in society who have contributed to the advancement of Africans in the Diaspora and Africa as a whole.

The Olive Garden Song (Manyang Reath)


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