Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pasadena rapper KStone drops "LIFES A GAMBLE" music video feat. Major James

Pasadena rapper KStone has been working on his upcoming EP all Winter long. And he was finally able to bless us with a treat: the official music video for "LIFES A GAMBLE" featuring Altadena's very own...Major James. 

"LIFES A GAMBLE" is the first single off of KStone's upcoming EP "Almost Famous" to have an official music video. If connecting with Major
James on the hook wasn't enough, Pasadena rapper Kali Slim also made a cameo in the video. This video is a good example of Pasadena / Altadena artists working together to make it happen.

Gallery: Pasadena District 5 Councilman Victor Gordo meets with members of the Community in Orange Heights

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Gallery: Lady & the Blues: Art & Poetry from African American Women @ Inlandia Institute

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INSPIRATION: Tyler Perry Explains Benefits of Being 'Hidden'

This is not a new video, but it reached me at such a
relevant time in my life that I was compelled to share it with you. Hollywood Producer Tyler Perry sits in the Inspiration Corner and talks about how sometimes 'God' will 'hide' you. He explains how he was kept from being exposed to a lot of things related to business but how it also allowed him to not be tainted by the industry. Perry also expounds on how it might have been for him had he 'went the route he wanted to go'. He claims it would've just been an average story. "Because I was hidden.. didn't know how things were suppose to go in film & television, that ignorance allowed me to carve my own way," Tyler says. "I was able to make deals that were unprecedented."

I wanted to share this for aspirates like me who need understanding as to why nothing has happened for them yet. Tyler talks about how even his major underground successes were ignored and how he leveraged that to essentially 'write his own ticket'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Pasadena Blind Man claims to have lost Wilson Middle School Talent Show to Hi-Inergy

After consistently releasing 48 magazine issues, Mistah Wilson decided to undertake an even more daunting task: a weekly radio show. For the debut episode, Mistah Wilson gives us the 'Word of the Street' from people in and around the Pasadena community.

A big fan of Whitney Houston, Percy Johnson asks audiences "Who can carry Whitney Houston's torch?" It is believed that today's Pop & R&B artists cannot fill the shoes of Houston. But, that's up to YOU to decided! Cast your vote here.

For our featured guest this week, we caught up with Francis "Pudge" Freeman, also known as Mr. Frantastic, who gave us a interesting testimony about extreme homelessness, life in prison with and without his vision, and even how he came second place to Pasadena-based group Hi-Inergy at a Wilson Middle School talent show back in the mid to late 70's.

This show was the first of many many more to come. Be sure to check for new episodes every Wednesday! 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

90-year-old Man Charged for Feeding Homeless People in Fort Lauderdale

Arnold Abbott handed out four plates of food to homeless people in a South Florida park. Then police stopped the 90-year-old from serving up another bite.
 “An officer said, ‘Drop that plate right now — like I had a weapon,'” Abbott said.
Abbott and two pastors in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were charged for feeding the homeless in public on Sunday, the city’s first crackdowns under a new ordinance banning public food sharing, CNN affiliate WPLG reported.

Now they face possible jail time and a $500 fine, WPLG said. Despite some criticism from homeless advocates, city officials have vowed the new rules will be enforced. “Just because of media attention we don’t stop enforcing the law. We enforce the laws here in Fort Lauderdale,” Mayor Jack Seiler said. 
He defended the law in an interview with the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

“I’m not satisfied with having a cycle of homeless in the city of Fort Lauderdale,” Seiler said. “Providing them with a meal and keeping them in that cycle on the street is not productive.” But Abbott, who has been helping feed homeless people in the area through his Love Thy Neighbor nonprofit since 1991, said authorities are targeting the city’s most vulnerable residents.

“These are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing. They don’t have a roof over their head,” he said. “Who can turn them away?” Recently, the city has also passed an ordinance limiting the storage of personal property in public, WPLG said. Then came the restrictions for food sharing. “The city passed an ordinance requiring us to...

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pittsburgh Rapper 'Heartless' talks Independent Music, Profanity-Free Lyrics, and Upcoming Projects

Mistah Wilson: What's good wit' it! Thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with
ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya' been?
Heartless: I've been good trying to stay focused. Thank you guys for having me!

So our audience can gain a clear understanding of you as an artist, could you give us a quick background on yourself? 
Heartless: I've been doing music seriously since 2009. I had a song called "Sit Back" feat G.Breeze on music choice. In 2010 I decided to switch my music to profanity free, after my pops listened to my underground album, and said it was too hardcore with all the profanity and I might not reach as many people, as well as music is a business and if you want to change it you have to be better. So I listened to him and for spiritual reasons I decided to grow my skills and see if I could keep my street life that I lived in my music without cursing. In 2012 I signed a record deal with Tate Music Group and released" Keys To Da Game" Feat G Breeze with the hit single "Come Correct" that was in rotation on WAMO 100 (iTunes link https://itun.es/us/-Y9pF) and the YouTube video of it https://youtu.be/b6NJdzpXQ4g

Let's talk music real quick! Your song "We Made It" is EPIC! We really enjoyed it. What message are you trying to send with this track? 
Heartless: When I wrote "We Made It" I was thinking about my bro, G Breeze, who's doing fed time right now I made that song for him and everyone else that's in his situation or on the outside like myself stating simply that the law can't catch us all and if one of us make it we all make it I'm out here working hard to get this Short Life Profanity Free Street Music nationwide that was our plan from the beginning.

Gallery: Rare Photos of Historic Moments Around the World

Because we love to find good content on the internet, we were fortunate enough to discover rare photos of historic moments around the world. We find these photos strikingly interesting as they capture spontaneous moments you won't see much anywhere else. Enjoy.
Fritz, a television celebrity bulldog, is shaved by a Californian barber. April, 1961.
Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.

Should Altadena & South Pasadena merge with Pasadena? Cast Your Vote Today!

As the industrial age comes to a close and year 2000 babies become adults, a new generation of thinkers arise from our communities. Since the late 1880's, Altadena, Pasadena, and South Pasadena have developed their own sense of character and esteemed heritage.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

22 Beautifully Secluded Places Around The World

These amazing nature places are secluded from the whole world. If you would love to visit some strange and amazing places this summer, than you can try one of these. All of them are something that you will remember for the rest of your life.

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Street Artist Paints Mural of Pregnant Beyonce

A giant mural of Beyoncé on the side of a building in Melbourne, Australia, is the pop culturally relevant work of street artist Lush Sux.

The painting, depicting one of the photographs Beyoncé posted to announce her pregnancy—with twins—is on the car-park wall of a

burger shop in Melbourne's inner suburbs. Artist Awol Erizku photographed the original image in a fabulous floral photo shoot.

Melbourne is home to fantastic street art, and visitors can take some of the highlights in on various walking tours.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

How a 5th Grade rapper sold over 250k+ albums with Positive Music

Standing less than 5 feet tall, it's easy to overlook "Corey J." in a crowded room. Until he opens his mouth. "There are two types of people in this world," says 10-year-old Corey Jackson. "There are dreamers. And there are dream chasers. I'm chasing my dreams!"

He may only be 10, but rapper Corey J., aka Lil C Note, is fast gaining traction in the Atlanta hip-hop scene. In the last year, the fifth-grader -- a self-proclaimed "positive hip-hop" recording artist -- received endorsements from some of the biggest names in the rap industry, including Cash Money Records CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams and Atlanta trap star rapper Young Thug.

The early success isn't a surprise for the Jackson, Mississippi, native. He's been rapping since before he even knew how to ride a bike. "I made my first song 'Crayons' at 6 years old," he says with a big smile. But his love for the art came earlier.

"At first my dad was doing it. He took me to the studio a few times, and I said, I think I want to do that, it looks pretty cool. But my first song, I was only 4 and it was hard for me to stay on beat. It took me a couple of years to get the hang of it."

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Why the Grammy's wanted Macklemore to compete for Pop Awards instead of Hip Hop

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the mainstream rap duo that swept the rap Grammys in 2014 and received backlash after besting Kendrick Lamar, didn’t submit their latest album for contention at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

A person close to the nomination process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said Macklemore & Lewis didn’t submit “This Unruly Mess I Made” when submissions were due last September.

The album, the group’s second, was released last February. Like Macklemore & Lewis, Frank Ocean also didn’t submit his two latest albums for Grammys.

Representatives for the rap group and the Grammys, which was presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

In 2014, Macklemore & Lewis won best rap album for their multiplatinum debut, “The Heist”; best rap song and rap performance for the crossover pop hit, “Thrift Shop”; and best new artist.

The group almost didn’t compete for those rap honors after the Recording Academy’s rap committee felt the duo should compete for pop awards instead because of their mainstream breakthrough, which included No. 1 successes with “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” Another single, the same sex anthem “Same Love,” peaked at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mistah Wilson announces "WilsonBlock Wednesdays" Weekly Radio Show (2017 Schedule)

Starting Wednesday February 22nd, 2017, Mistah Wilson will be rejuvenating WilsonBlock100 Radio with a new radio show every week! Yes, you read right! Every Wednesday at 10:00a (Pacific Standard Time), Mistah Wilson will be publishing a new radio show to WilsonBlock100 Radio. You can hear the latest shows by visiting ThaWilsonBlock Magazine homepage (desktop view to listen), Spreaker, YouTube, & iTunes

Mistah Wilson has been a force for the local, native music scene in the Greater DENA region. Since 2014, he's compiled an extensive list of artist interviews and radio shows. With ThaWilsonBlock Magazine making major strides on it's own, Mistah Wilson is looking to stimulate the growth of the WilsonBlock100 Radio audience by simply doing more interviews more often.

"The magazine has been consistent since it's inception. Although WilsonBlock100 Radio has not yet lived up to it's true potential, I have a plan set in place to grow our audience," explains Mistah Wilson. "And we're going to do that by releasing more shows on a consistent basis." If you take a look at the Pasadena Music Scene Pinterest board, your screen will be swallowed up with a diverse and unified local music scene.

Mistah Wilson has clearly not been focusing on his YouTube channel, which explains why  subscriptions are low. "He's always been more focused on the 'download' of his content," says an anonymous source. "At the rate that the internet is changing these days, I don't blame him." Mistah Wilson paid attention to the internet toll lanes that recently went up. The same toll lanes that have us DJ Akademiks says, "we're trappin' out tha bandwidth"
paying for the amount of data we use. Those who've been paying attention are aware that we went from 'unlimited everything' plans to 'pay per use'. Like what was so wrong with Chirp phones and Nextel Walkie Talkies? Like

With WilsonBlock Wednesdays, Mistah Wilson isn't changing up much of how he conducts his interviews. As it stands, the show will remain an audio podcast. Mistah Wilson has told us that he simply needs to put more time and effort into his show so that it may also compliment it's counterpart, ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. One show per week is definitely a step up from 1 or 2 shows
per month. It will provide thawilsonMAG with more originally curated content.

At 10:00a every Wednesday morning starting February 22nd, 2017,  Mistah Wilson will be publishing a new radio show with local, independent music, interviews, and urban discussion. This is also a great opportunity for aspiring artists & musicians who want to be a part of a growing movement. Artists in the Pasadena / Altadena region have undoubtedly benefited most from ThaWilsonBlock platform. And Mistah Wilson has every intention on keeping that momentum going.

WilsonBlock Wednesdays (Winter 2016)
Episode #1 Volume 1 (February 22nd, 2017)
Episode #2 Volume 1 (March 1st, 2017)
Episode #3 Volume 1 (February 8th, 2017)
Episode #4 Volume 1 (March 15th, 2017)

WilsonBlock Wednesdays (Spring 2017)
Episode #1 Volume 2 (March 22nd, 2017)
Episode #2 Volume 2 (March 29th, 2017)
Episode #3 Volume 2 (April 5th, 2017)
Episode #4 Volume 2 (April 12th, 2017)
Episode #5 Volume 2 (April 19th, 2017)
Episode #6 Volume 2 (April 26th, 2017)
Episode #7 Volume 2 (May 3rd, 2017)
Episode #8 Volume 2 (May 10th, 2017)
Episode #9 Volume 2 (May 17th, 2017)
Episode #10 Volume 2 (May 24th, 2017)
Episode #11 Volume 2 (May 31st, 2017)
Episode #12 Volume 2 (June 7th, 2017)
Episode #13 Volume 2 (June 14th, 2017)

WilsonBlock Wednesdays (Summer 2017)
Episode #1 Volume 3 (June 21st, 2017)
Episode #2 Volume 3 (June 28th, 2017)
Episode #3 Volume 3 (July 5th, 2017)
Episode #4 Volume 3 (July 12th, 2017)
Episode #5 Volume 3 (July 19th, 2017)
Episode #6 Volume 3 (July 26th, 2017)
Episode #7 Volume 3 (August 2nd, 2017)
Episode #8 Volume 3 (August 9th, 2017)
Episode #9 Volume 3 (August 16th, 2017)
Episode #10 Volume 3 (August 23rd, 2017)
Episode #11 Volume 3 (August 30th, 2017)
Episode #12 Volume 3 (September 6th, 2017)
Episode #13 Volume 3 (September 13th, 2017)
Episode #14 Volume 3 (September 20th, 2017)

WilsonBlock Wednesdays (Fall 2017)
Episode #1 Volume 4 (September 27th, 2017)
Episode #2 Volume 4 (October 4th, 2017)
Episode #3 Volume 4 (October 11th, 2017)
Episode #4 Volume 4 (October 18th, 2017)
Episode #5 Volume 4 (October 25th, 2017)
Episode #6 Volume 4 (November 1st, 2017)
Episode #7 Volume 4 (November 8th, 2017)
Episode #8 Volume 4 (November 15th, 2017)
Episode #9 Volume 4 (November 22nd, 2017)
Episode #10 Volume 4 (November 29th, 2017)
Episode #11 Volume 4 (December 6th, 2017)
Episode #12 Volume 4 (December 13th, 2017)
Episode #13 Volume 4 (December 20th, 2017)

WilsonBlock Wednesdays (Winter 2017)
Episode #1 Volume 5 (December 27th, 2017)
Episode #2 Volume 5 (January 3rd, 2018)
Episode #3 Volume 5 (January 10th, 2018)
Episode #4 Volume 5 (January 17th, 2018)
Episode #5 Volume 5 (January 24th, 2018)
Episode #6 Volume 5 (January 31st, 2018)
Episode #7 Volume 5 (February 7th, 2018)
Episode #8 Volume 5 (February 14th, 2018)
Episode #9 Volume 5 (February 21st, 2018)
Episode #10 Volume 5 (February 28th, 2018)
Episode #11 Volume 5 (March 7th, 2018)
Episode #12 Volume 5 (March 14th, 2018)
Episode #13 Volume 5 (March 21st, 2018)
Episode #14 Volume 5 (March 28th, 2018)

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