Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Aaron Rodgers vocalizes his Support for Colin Kaepernick

“I think he should be on a roster right now,” he says. “I think because of his protests, he’s not.”
Rodgers tells me that while he doesn’t plan on sitting out the anthem, he believes the protests — which he describes as peaceful and respectful — are positive, mentioning that he’s had conversations with a new teammate, tight end Martellus Bennett, about the issues they represent. “I’m gonna stand because that’s the way I feel about the flag — but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to,” he says. “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”


700 Fairfield Circle & 700 Oak Knoll Circle, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Former Foster Youth JHAMASA LEWIS-ADAMS Shares Her Story...

"The foster care system taught me to be self motivated and leave no corner unturned. It taught me resilience, independence, hard work, determination and above all, strategy and timing."

"My worst experience in foster care was being adopted by someone who was once a foster parent. I had other experiences but this one is at the top because I was mentally and emotionally abused. I thought that this was my chance at family and love but it wasn't. It was eye opening to live with a narcissist and to experience how adults will knowingly take advantage of children.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Former Foster Youth Maria Rodriguez Shares Her Story...

"Although hopelessness may seep in while in the foster care system, hope is the only thing we have left to help us get through and keep going--to keep fighting. At times, hope is the only power we have in certain situations so hang on to that."

"I can't say what my worst experience in the foster care system has been because that feeling of rejection from a so-called "parent" never goes away; it lingers into every home you enter or every person that comes into your life.

Monday, August 21, 2017

"REGARDLESS" by Bing Bing feat. Suntonio Bandanaz (UhBuDuya Mixtape) ***NEW*** 8/20/17

Bing Bing Announces New Project: "UhBuDuya" mixtape

The man commonly known for bringing artists together on local music scenes is preparing to release a new mixtape! On August 20th, 2016, Bing Bing released tha Beautiful Struggle mixtape with only 9 cuts. Because Bing feels like he fell short on delivering a quality project with Beautiful Struggle mixtape, his plan is to clean it up with a deep and conceptual mixtape about his maturity as a man and growth as an artist.

On January 19th, 2018, Bing Bing's 28th birthday, he is formally releasing tha UhBuDuya mixtape! The meaning behind "UhBuDuya" is a "slang" way of saying "Uh, but do you feel me, tho?" When asked about the title of his mixtape, Bing Bing responds, " Ya' feel me? Uh, but do ya feel me, tho?" Hence, tha UhBuDuya mixtape. According to Bing Bing, this project will have a 'beautiful struggle' type feel. Meaning that the project will come with pain, struggle, and soulful sounds to convey the deep messages that Bing Bing is known for. 

Stay tuned for the formal release of Bing Bing's 1st single off the upcoming mixtape. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Former Foster Youth Shari Walker Shares Her Story...

"The system taught me that I was stronger than what I knew, and
wiser than what I felt."

"My worst experience in foster care happened one month before I emancipated out of the foster care system. I had been accepted to over seven Universities and was being provided an all expense paid trip to my top school Clark Atlanta University, in Georgia. The excitement was driven by my acceptance to the University, the tour of the school and going to a new place. I grew up my entire life in Los Angeles, the furthest areas of LA I had reached was Inglewood, South Central and Compton. So this tour would solidify my decision to go to school out of state and start a new beginning...


Thursday, August 10, 2017

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Do The Math by Tribal Music (Vitamin D)

Do the Math is a 1996 compilation album by artists on the Tribal Music Inc. label. Predominantly produced, recorded and mixed by Tribal founder Vitamin D at his studio The Pharmacy, the album features songs performed by Ghetto Chilldren, Sinsemilla, Wordsayer, Phat Mob, Narcotik and Infinite, among others. Although never recognized nationally, it was heavily influential in the Seattle hip hop scene.

As physical copies are very rare, the album is available as a free download on the label's Bandcamp page.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

OUT HERE: The 206 Hustle EP by Suntonio Bandanaz

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Big Icky from Pasadena breaks down the Devil and Denver Lane Bloods

PASADENA - The Pasadena Denver Lanes are a spin off set of the Denver Lane Bloods in Los Angeles. During the late 1970s and early 1980s the Pasadena faction of the Denver Lanes also went by the Devil Lanes.

Big Icky from Pasadena breaks down the Devil and Denver Lanes and how he participated in the dark side of devil worship with several other Lanes that were claiming Devil Lanes.

Date: July 2017
Location: Pasadena

Music Producer/Writer A-Clasik talks Beats, Upcoming Projects, and Advice for the Aspiring Musician

Music Producer/Writer A-Clasik talks Beats, Upcoming Projects, and Advice for the Aspiring Musician

Mistah Wilson: Yo, A-Clasik, what's good, fam!? It's an honor to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! What's tha latest & greatest?
A-Clasik: Nothing much man, Just out here trying to turn "NADA" into "PRADA".

Mistah Wilson: Can tha people get a quick background on yourself? 
A-Clasik: I'm from Carson Ca, but pretty much lived everywhere in the South Bay from L.A to the I.E. I been doing music for about 12 years now, I started off as a producer, then I built a love for
writing and been working on my craft as an artist ever since.

Mistah Wilson: We've actually been connected on tha book for awhile now. You've been persistent in your artistic endeavors. How has tha journey been thus far? 
A-Clasik: It's been a learning experience, man. I'm a loyal student of the game. Everyday I'm trying to find ways to better myself as a producer and emcee.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to pursuing a career as an artist/musician? 
A-Clasik: When I made my first beat on Fruity Loops I was hooked. I never knew you could make music just from the click of a mouse on your computer. I grew up in a family full of musicians. My Auntie and Uncles used to take me to their gigs and rehearsals all the time where they played live instruments when I was a kid. I was never into playing any instrument in particular but I loved the music that each instrument made together. So when I got older one day I pulled up to one of my bro's cribs and he introduced me to Fruity Loops and I been hooked ever since. I now have progressed to Pro Tools 12 and Native Instruments.

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects of yours should people know about or be on tha
lookout for? 
A-Clasik: My next project is "PWGTTF "Parachuting While Gliding Thru The Fog". This album covers everything from Success, Love, Hate, Lust, My Worries and much more. You definitely do not want to miss out on this one. You can listen to my previous albums here at WWW.ACLASIK.COM

Mistah Wilson: In what ways do you draw creative inspiration when composing new music? 
A-Clasik: Everything comes from my past and present. For me each song is therapeutic to where I can release each experience that is heavy on my mind.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists that have influenced you to be tha artist you are today? 
A-Clasik: To be honest none. I was a huge Tupac and DJ Quik fan growing up but I wouldn't say they have an influence on me as an artist. I start off just listening to each artist beats. I didn't care for lyrics too much until I was in my 20's. Growing up all I ever did was have melodies in my head. So when I start writing finally I came with my own style and my own flow with the help of some of my bro's that I grew up with Lil Tragic, Young World, and Maccnifasent. They are the ones I took advice from and listened to when I was trying to develop as an artist.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your music? 
A-Clasik: I just want to be heard. That is my only goal. I would love to make this a stable career to where I don't have to work a reg 9 to 5. But my love for this music doesn't let me look past just being heard. I'll let the rest take care of itself, hopefully the people will hear my love for music through each song which will then take me places.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists looking to pursue a career in entertainment?
A-Clasik: Don't stress about stuff you can't do anything about... Keep your focus on what you love to do and just do it. Stay consistent and do it. Don't let the outside noise slow you down from what your supposed to be doing.. which is making music that is true to "YOU"....

Mistah Wilson: Where can people connect with your music online? 

Mistah Wilson: Yo, A-Clasik thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. If you got any shout outs, let's hear em..
A-Clasik: SALUTE to all my MILL LIFE Respresentas

Former Foster Youth Cheyenne Cobb Shares Her Story...

"The system taught me resilience. Going through all the things I have gone through, especially at such a young age has shown me that I have overcome so much already. What more can't I surpass? My ability to not only break these challenges down, but to come out of them and THRIVE, is forever something that will speak volumes to my character."

"My worst experience in the foster care system was probably being away from my siblings. Even if it's for a short period of time, not physically being there with them and having them was tough. Especially since they are all that I have.

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue65 (July 2018)