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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue57 (November 2017)

Atlanta R&B Musician MONROE talks Indie Label, His Dream Team, & Motivation for Making Music in an Exclusive Interview w/ Mistah Wilson

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"I'm trying to finish my Mom legacy, She use to be in a group when I was 4, and I use to watch her practice, so I'm enjoying finishing her legacy, and I love the creation of the hooks in a song and the beat!" - MONROE

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Monroe! We are glad to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! Real quick, can you give us a quick background on yourself?
Monroe: I'm a R&B and POP from Virginia, but live in Atlanta. I'm independent with my record label, Seven Tyme Entertainment! I sold 40,000 CD's on the streets, and my breakout single went number 4 on National DRT Chart!

Mistah Wilson: What's your motivation for making music?
Monroe: I'm trying to finish my Mom legacy, She use to be in a group when I was 4, and I use to watch her practice, so I'm enjoying finishing her legacy, and I love the creation of the hooks in a song and the beat!

Mistah Wilson: What current & upcoming projects do you have in tha works?
Monroe: I'm always doing different features with other up and coming artist, and I have a project I'm working on called Heavy Rotation, and I have a new single I'm dropping called "SHUT IT DOWN"
Feat: F DIRTY!

Mistah Wilson: What are 3 songs of yours that you would recommend to new fans?
Monroe: 1. LET'S MAKE A MOVIE
2. PRIVATE PARTY
3. I GOT IT
And the newest release I'm dropping
4. SHUT IT DOWN

Mistah Wilson: Are you independent or do you have management?
Monroe: I'm independent, and I have a Dream Team!

Mistah Wilson: What have been some challenges and rewards you've experienced on your journey pursuing a career in music?
Monroe: Dealing with fake industry people, that say they can do this for you and take your money, and do nothing. Please let God guide your foot steps, because everybody says they can help your Brand, and 85℅ can't do nothing, so find the other 15℅ that want to help you, and you will win!

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring musicians coming up?
Monroe: Number one, put your trust in God, not man, because they will try to sell you a dream, be
your own boss, and teach yourself and learn the business. Then practice practice practice practice practice practice practice!

Mistah Wilson: Where can people check for your music online?
Monroe: MONROE breakout video: https://youtu.be/nF-PTGn6pC8
PRIVATE PARTY https://youtu.be/ghfwWfAVSQY
I GOT IT https://youtu.be/Dg7QjbHtfJI

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Monroe! It's been great having you here for this exclusive interview with thawilsonMAG! If you have any shout outs, let's hear it...
Monroe: Shout out to you, and those supporting me, and my Dream Team!

Meet Hip Hop Musician FRANK BANK from Pasadena, CA


I'm Frank Bank music producer and artist born in Pasadena raised in the ATL. Founder of FBE which is a independent label with artists from all walks of life.

Meet Musical Entrepreneur "Tyke ThaMob" from Tacoma, WA


23 yr old Tacoma native with Seattle ties. Tyke ThaMob grew up on the east side of Tacoma, between 56 & Portland Ave and 72nd & Pacific Ave. Definitely a product of his environment, gang activity has been a part of his life since as early as 8 yrs old. Music was his only way to escape the realities of his situation growing up. He tells his story thru his music.

Seattle rapper Langston Doobs talks Passion for the Arts, Inspiration to Music, & How he got his Alias



"Everything around me inspires me in some shape or form from what I go thru day to day, nature, love. Life I'd say is my main inspiration because its organic, its a feel." -Langston Doobs


Mistah Wilson: Yo, Langston Doobs thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock! You submitted your artist profile and now here we are. How ya been?
Langston Doobs: Man I've been living blessed lately man smoking good, living good, and eating good haha

Mistah Wilson: Ok, how did you get tha name Langston Doobs?
Langston Doobs: I'm a big fan of Langston Hughes and what he was about and Doobs because its short for doobies and I'm an avid weed smoker.


Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself? 
Langston Doobs: Yes of course well I grew up most of my life with just my mom. I've always had a passion for the arts my moms an artist herself and she's also a professor at Seattle Central. So just with her in my household I always grew up creating stuff. I played multiple instruments such as the trumpet and violin and I always had a passion for poetry and art.

Mistah Wilson: How was life growing up in tha 206? 
Langston Doobs: Well to be honest I didn't grow up in Seattle all my life but I feel at home in Seattle. I moved to Seattle in 2014 and I was born in Trenton, NJ and in between there I lived all over from Ohio to even D.C.

Mistah Wilson: When did you first know you wanted to be a rapper?
Langston Doobs: I knew I definitely wanted to pursue music once I started college. I just hated it. I'd be up all night studying to doing something I didn't like when I'd much rather be working on music.

Mistah Wilson: What are some songs of yours people should check out? Let me get some titles... 
Langston Doobs: Hiii-er, If You Love Yourself and No Time are my favorites out right now but I got plenty more on the way.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires your creativity? 
Langston Doobs: Everything around me inspires me in some shape or form from what I go thru day to day, nature, love. Life I'd say is my main inspiration because its organic, its a feel. Some people search their whole lives for the feel. But it can't be recreated or copied like Bob Marley says. You gotta be true to yourself in order to find it.

Mistah Wilson: Who were some artists you listened to growing up? 
Langston Doobs: Man I grew up to the good stuff Sade, Earth, Wind, and Fire, The temptations, Kenny G, B.B. King all the good stuff.


Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your music? 
Langston Doobs: What I plan to accomplish thru music is to show people life, my life, their life,
just life thru music, art and whatever I do. I feel like people sometimes get lost and too caught
up in things that don't matter instead of appreciating the people around you and even the smallest moments because those are the ones you look back on and cherish.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people follow you online and hear your music? 
Langston Doobs: You call follow me on all social media at Langston Doobs and then for my music you can check me out on any music Service from iTunes, to Spotify, and even Soundcloud and Youtube all at Langston Doobs

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Langston Doobs! It's been awesome having you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. Got any shout outs? Let's hear it .. 
Langston Doobs: I'd Like to shoutout you guys for having me, my collective TruEntSea and all my fans!

Meet Singer/Songwriter/Producer "Xavier Lamar Truesdell" aka XL from Chicago, IL

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Xavier Lamar Truesdell also known as XL was born on Oct. 30th in Chicago, Illinois. He's a professional model, actor, music director, on-air personality, singer, songwriter, and music producer. Truesdell has been in many campaigns such as Nike, Toyota, VW, KFC, Cheez-It, Pepsi, Converse, Adidas, Lady Gaga's "Fame" fragrance campaign, and Dave & Buster. He was featured on classic MTV series like, "Parental Control, "Punk’d", and hit TV shows such as "Nip/Tuck", "Rizzoli & Isles", and "NCIS: Los Angeles". XL's list of music video features include Big Sean, Jason Derulo, The Neighbourhood, Christian Rich, Florence + The Machine, Jordin Sparks, Usher, Michael Jackson, etc. He's also been featured in movies like "Star Trek: Into Darkness", "Miss Congenitally: 2", and "Three Days to Vegas". XL wrote and co-produced his debut EP “Dance All Night”, under his alias created using his first and middle name initials. The "Dance All Night" EP consisted of pop, dance, R&B music and was also produced by Grammy nominated producer Dem Jointz. His most recent appearances include HBO’s “Insecure”, a “Gibbs” hair campaign, and 1800 Tequila “Refined Lesson No. 1 – Tight” ad campaign. XL is a renaissance man of many talents and enjoys creating art in different mediums to share with the world. XL recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Los Angeles Film School and is a new member of the National Honors Society of the Entertainment Arts. Stay tuned for more appearances and features, including new music by XL.

Hip Hop Musician "HENDO" talks Shows, Mixtapes, & Life growing up in Tacoma, WA in an Exclusive Interview w/ Mistah Wilson



"I wanna start a big brother program for the youth. A lot of kids have talents and big dreams just don't have the right guidance to prevent them from falling victim to the streets." - Hendo


Mistah Wilson: Yo, Hendo! What's good wit it. Glad to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How you been? 
Hendo: I've been good bro just grinding knocking out these shows and mixtapes. Appreciate you for having me on here bro foreal it's a blessing i'm rocking with the movement.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself? 
Hendo: I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA youngest outta 3 siblings. I've lived all over Tacoma tried playing football in high school that didn't work out. I always wanted to do stand up comedy since I'm always cracking jokes once I get my feet in the music business I definitely gonna try that out one of my first dreams.

Mistah Wilson: How was it growing up in Tacoma, WA? 
Hendo: It was rough pops wasn't around Mom's had to raise all 4 of us on her own. She was working graveyard at the time she wasn't really around my siblings help raised me while mom's was providing. They had they own life to live so I kinda fell victim to the streets looking for a male role model since pops was in and out of jail.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to start rapping? 
Hendo: When I was a kid my sis would have me rap E-40, Luni Coleone for her and her friends from there I just grew up freestyling to beats nothing serious. During high school my bro Nicko aka John dough was rapping doing his thang. Then my bro Judah started rapping they started
doing songs and mixtapes together creating a buzz I was running the streets at the time wasn't really on rapping and making music. I ended up getting shot 5 times a year after high school and all the shit I been threw and seen I decided I had a story to tell a lot of people don't live after being shot that many times so I got in the booth with Judah and rest is history.

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects do you have in tha works? 
Hendo: I'm working on both sides of the flag part 2 right now with Judah and 400Dt. Shout out my bros TT and Murda they 400Dreamteam. Me and Judah We L.O.L loyaltyoverloot we got a mixtape of our own on the way should be ready by Christmas so stay tuned for that. We just dropped a video on YouTube "Bout a Bag" Mac Judah ft Hendo go check that video out its doing numbers.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists you've worked with and would like to work with? 
Hendo: I've working with Judah, Tt400, Murda400 ,Menace4DaGuap, Young Stunt, Meecho, Ferrari French those is all Tacoma rapper's. I've worked with Ysic from Seattle shout out bro he's popping out that way. Also got a song with Lil Trev from Sacramento finna drop real soon be on the lookout for that. I'm willing to work with anybody from my section Tacoma has a lot of talent.

Mistah Wilson: You been rocking any shows lately? If so, where? If not, where would you like to perform? 
Hendo: Yah I just for back from ATL in October had a show out there I fuck with ATL crazy culture shock. I got a show on the 30th at lady lucks in parkland. Also Got a show opening up for Lebowski on December 8th at the Le Voyeur in Olympia, WA. Just doing as many shows as I can need all the exposure and it's helping me perfect my craft and how I perform on stage. Everybody come out to the shows support your local artist when I make it we all make it.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing thru your music? 
Hendo: My goal is to be able to take care of my family and give my mom the world she deserves it all. I wanna give back to the communities. I wanna start a big brother program for the youth a lot of kids have talents and big dreams just don't have the right guidance to prevent them from falling victim to the streets.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people check your music out online? 
Hendo: YouTube page is Mac L.O.L go subscribe and check us out we got hella videos and music. We on SoundCloud also Judah253 finna be on iTunes and all the other major platforms but for now check us out on YouTube and SoundCloud.

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Hendo! Thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! It's been great. Got any shout outs? Drop em .. 
Hendo: Thanks for having me again bro y'all go check out ThaWilsonBlock Magazine they putting on. Shout my sis/manger Yvonne for getting my head in the game shout out my bro Judah he also mix and masters our music he does it all he's more then just a rapper. Shout out my team L.O.L my bros 400Dt, Shout out Patt FYETHEMOBB, My guy Brain I.N.K productions, BeatsxBeers Im rocking with the movement shout out the whole Tacoma keep working the spot light is coming shout out all my fans and supports the fan base is starting to do numbers I appreciate all the love and support.

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Meet Hip Hop Songwriter "M da Great" from Greenville, SC


M da Great was born and raised in Greenville SC. Started recording around the age of 13, making beats, and passing out CDs my 9th grade year at Southside High School. Music been a passion before 13, a lot more with that tho. I been doing this for awhile I'm my own Artist. I've worked with good couple people from around my area even outside my area. Started networking after high school got introduce to Facebook and then IG later Twitter, etc. Now I'm doing things like this to get my music out more. More networking, building my story to let my listeners, viewers, fans know me.

Songwriter M.K. Gray talks Creativity, Music Publishing, & How He Deals with Writer's Block


"My rewards are that I get to complete something that people might enjoy but will ultimately be a unique body of work. Money is part of that, but the joy truly is in the creative process to me." - M.K. Gray 

Mistah Wilson: Greetings, M.K. Gray! We are honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya' been?
M.K. Gray: Fantastic, thanks for asking!

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, would you mind giving us a quick background on yourself?
M.K. Gray: Grew up in Santa Cruz & Watsonville, CA. My creativity started as everyone's does at an early age... I cartooned and came up with little stories. As I grew older I also drew to songs as we always had music in my parents' house. I was not good at instruments, but I nurtured my language skills and then started writing poetry, acting & performing in a music show in High School. That turned into writing songs with friends and we co-wrote and started in a musical at Watsonville High. My contribution was primarily lyric writing but I was allowed to create my character in the show.

Mistah Wilson: So, what led you to becoming a songwriter?
M.K. Gray: It is a combination of how I grew up, what my life was like and observations & experiences of family not to mention various relationships I've had with others over the years. I got side tracked with tennis in high school & college but I knew quite quickly my abilities in lyric writing would take me further. Early years of collaboration with close friends was key but I also studied relentlessly about what songs are and applied that to my writing. I went to Trebas Institute of Recording Arts in Hollywood, CA in 1992 to study Music Business, worked as an Intern for Epic Records and also worked for the Grammy's Host Committee that same year, however I was really not prepared for that kind of grind, so I moved back home and worked my way through various jobs. Since my good friend Phillip Harrington came back to Watsonville from studying Songwriting & Performance at Berklee School of Music, we decided to form a musical partnership calling ourselves funfolk. We did an open mic, but the main thing was we wrote a lot and took it quite seriously. We started posting stuff online. We got in the door with BMI as writers in 1994. During the same time, I worked with a Jazz composer & performer named Barbara Lopez briefly and she will occasionally perform the songs to this day. I also had met back then a now Nashville-based songwriter and music publisher/genius early in life named Lisa Aschmann who ditched being a professor at UCSC to do it full time and that impacted me greatly. She was still early in her career when I met her and I keep that as inspiration to follow this dream. Phil is doing his thing with a new partner named Purcella and I am putting in effort to work on my craft and find new collaborators but it took me quite a few years to totally commit my energy into writing lyrics. I sometimes think I should have other aspirations and goals, but you know, deep goals within the heart cannot be silenced as you age. That's why I write today. It just won't dislodge from me - it tugs at me to say I have too much at stake to not do it.


Mistah Wilson: What are some things you do to draw inspiration when writing new songs?
M.K. Gray: I usually come up with titles regularly so I'll list them, sometimes even work on them right away. My titles come from phrases or borrow from other title phrasings but I always make a conscious effort to not try to copy other titles or recycle them. The idea is if it is an interesting title for me that is half the battle and I just go to work. Old timers got assignments for songs but I don't work like that, it is self-driven and I write solely what I think is interesting.

Meet Hip Hop Producer Duo "The Goldmine" from Brooklyn, NY

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Dynamic duo from Brooklyn, NYC, that combines real instruments with midi controllers to bring you the freshest vibes in hip hop music. This group draw its influences from a wide variety of genres and uses this background to supply its audience with a consistent stream of something they've never heard before. 

Meet Rapper "CallumJP" from Pasadena, CA


Born and raised in Pasadena, Citywide. Music influences comes from all over so I don't think I'd ever be able to point a specific. My start wasn't as rough as your traditional artist, however I'm not unfamiliar to the bottom of the barrel.

Meet Hip Hop Recording Artist "JERUSALEM / SCARFELLA MUSIC" from Schenectady, NY


SCARFELLA MUSIC recording artist JERUSALEM is a 13 yr old emcee but when it comes to lyrics he's a veteran having recorded and released his first single and EP when he was only 7 years old both entitled "It's Raining". With a lot of performing and radio interviews the artist was developed by SCARFELLA MUSIC. Watching his growth, he dropped the mix EP "NO DAYS OFF" and then a year later dropping the mix EP entitled "MUSIC IS MY BEST FRIEND" showcasing more of his lyrical growth.

Fast forward to 2017, the label released his newest single entitled "CHAMPION", a hard hitting beat laced with the classic theme from ROCKY was just the right formula to get the social media site buzzing! As of now, JERUSALEM is working on his follow up mix EP entitled "IT'S STILL RAINING", a six song gem showcasing the young artist lyrical ability along with first class production with some of the labels up and coming. Preparing for the 2018 year, this young artist is one to watch..

Meet Music Producer "Rockton Road" from Altadena, CA

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“Nic is one of a kind, or at least one in literally a million. Every song, production, lyric and performance is immaculately crafted, extraordinarily creative and from the heart. ”— Jim Webber, HITLIST MUSIC 

Rockton Road boasts a soul and character that is often hard to recreate in a mainstream studio environment. This boutique, comfy, open plan studio is situated in one of LA's most beautiful areas, Altadena. Looking out to the spectacular San Gabriel mountains, but with in minutes from the 210 and 110. Drum sounds are one of the most important elements in creating an amazing record. 

Rockton Road prides itself on amazing drum recordings, as well as capturing a unique sound as a whole, all to its own. Engineer Nic Capelle has built a classy, amazing sounding setting where bands, songwriters and solo artists can come create in a comfortable and private environment. Full of warmth and character, this high-end studio boasts top end gear with a gifted engineer at the helm. A hybrid of analogue and digital, Universal Audio is the center piece of Rockton Roads lighting fast workflow.

Meet Americana Songwriter "Eli Gardiner" from Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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For Eli Gardiner, it's all about the connection, writing from the heart with honesty and conviction. With influences like Jason Isbell, John Moreland, and Bob Dylan, he values the purity of expression through his songs. Some of Eli's earliest music memories are listening to "Saturday Night Gold" on the radio and singing along the to Del Shannons song, "Runaway." He has always loved music and listening to his Dad's collection of records, specifically Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." ​

"The songs on the new album "Virginia Rose" are from two chapters in my life. The first is when I was living in a old farm house in Des Moines Iowa, watching the thunder storms roll in across the corn and flatlands. I would come home from work and open the windows to let the house cool down and play these songs to the night sky. The second chapter comes with the move to Virginia, the heartache of addiction and losing a brother. Facing mortality is never an easy thing but these songs helped me to work through the loss and come out the other side.

Meet R&B Musician "MONROE" from Atlanta, GA

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MONROE got his start in the music business recording demos and performing at local nightclubs in Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia, He parlayed his success with the release of his single, “Let’s Make a Movie.” The song garnered favorable reviews from local media and set the tone for several follow-up songs, including “Wish I Never Fell In Love” “Private Party, ”Proud To Be With You”. MONROE recently released a new single “REST STOP" which has already begun to create a buzz in both Atlanta and Virginia!

Meet Trill/Phonk/Rap Musician "$krrt Cobain" from Waco, TX


$krrt Cobain is an upcoming underground artist from Texas. With his unique style, flow, and lyrics, he definitely stands out from the normal mainstream/underground music scene.

Tacoma, WA Artist Kev King Cold talks Local Music, Influences, and How He Got Started as an Artist


"I’ve been told I was a B-boy since I was able to walk and always gravitated toward music, my environment was full of hip hop and R&B. I started writing poetry in about 5th grade and that turned into rapping when I discovered my Dads CD/cassette collection" -Kev King Cold

Mistah Wilson: Yo Kev King Cold, what's good wit it! Glad to have you here with us for this exclusive interview w/ ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya been? 
Kev King Cold: Man I’ve been busy and blessed! Doing shows making amazing music and raising a beautiful daughter. I just gotta say I appreciate you having me it’s an honor and a privilege to be part of the movement your building up brother for real.

Mistah Wilson: Can you give us a quick background on yourself?
Kev King Cold: Yea I was born and raised in North Omaha Nebraska and in 03 my family moved to University Place,WA where I was exposed to the Pacific Northwest and all of the people and food and vibes. Went to Curtis Jr high and high school and lived in different parts of Tacoma after that for some years. Now I have a family of my own and set up shop in West Seattle working on connecting the two territories.

Mistah Wilson: How did you get started as an artist?
Kev King Cold: It’s kind of funny actually I’ve been told I was a B-boy since I was able to walk and always gravitated toward music, my environment was full of hip hop and R&B. I started writing 
poetry in about 5th grade and that turned into rapping when I discovered my Dads CD/cassette collection, which was a musical goldmine full of The Roots, Leaders of The New School, KRS 1, Flipmode Squad, The Isley Brothers, Prince, Nas, Cube, Parliament and a lot more. I was already rhyming when I moved here and a group of friends and I formed a rap group in jr high through high school, we made a lot of noise, did a few shows and got play on KEXP but it didn’t last long. Now I’m using the knowledge I soaked up to flourish as a solo act.

Mistah Wilson: Who were some key music influences you looked up to coming up?
Kev King Cold: Oh man I was and still am a huge fan of Black Thought from The Legendary Roots Crew! I used to put on little concerts in my bedroom reciting Roots albums like they were my joints hahaha. Nas, of course, It Was Written literally charged up my writing and fascination with storytelling. Lupe Fiasco is a big one Food and Liquor changed my life and The Cool cracked my head open. Mos Def. I would like to one day get into acting as well as the rhyme and really get my Mos on. Kanye West also every time he drops an album it seems to relate to that wave I’m on in my life at that time its crazy. Plus the production and engineering on his projects are always very solid and creative.

Mistah Wilson: Who some artists you've worked with and would like to work with?
Kev King Cold: I’ve worked with Kevin Johnson also known as AKA(A King Also) on his album Infamously Unpopular on this joint called Jackson Polluck go check that out its dope. I’ve got some music coming with up and comer D-Hustle and also Caleb Jermain out in Tacoma. Im developing myself and a collective called Truentsea out in Seattle its 5 of probably the dopest new artist in the Seattle region so keep an eye out for that we’re making a strong come up the collective is myself, Langston Doobs, Niq Venus, Chez Tha Challenger, and Clutch Reflex. I’d like to work with guys like Dave B and Huey P I like they’re style I feel like we would make some fire tracks.

Mistah Wilson: Where do you draw inspiration from when creating anew?
Kev King Cold: I used to focus mainly on killing the shit out of the beat when I was younger and that was pretty much it but now I focus on just making good songs, good production and engineering that will last longer than one season, especially these days where people have the attention span of a pigeon. I tap into my inner self and just focus on making everything timeless so my daughter can pick up some of my old stuff one day and say “your shit was dope pops”. I believe that I will influence generations after me so I try to make works that will withstand time and trends.

Mistah Wilson: From your perspective, what major differences are there between tha local music scene in Tacoma and Seattle?
Kev King Cold: From my experience I have to beat people in the head to get them to take me
seriously not physically but repetitive efforts to show and prove that I have value and I’m not joking around in both cities. In Tacoma you could have a great sound but not be taken seriously if your not in the fold with such and such person or persons that everyone runs to for the look. This forces the lone wolf mentality on new artist down there. Seattle is very similar but the scene is more developed like if you come with your shit straight you can bypass some of the new kid in school stuff because there are others willing to work and grind with you and build from scratch if need be because of the resources there. But that is just my experience and opinion.

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to tha community for you?
Kev King Cold: I think that giving back is the end game to this journey. When I am at the point that I can look back on years of work and music I would like to also see that I made a difference in peoples lives weather it be charity shows or inspiration to do good for and to others. I recently did a charity show and raised some money for Puerto Rico and I am now looking at aiming that same effort to other causes locally and in different regions of the US.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people keep up with you online?
Kev King Cold: Yes sir you can find me
@kevkingcold on instagram and twitter
@kevkingcold253 on snapchat,
Kev King Cold on Spotify, iTunes, and band camp https://kevkingcold.bandcamp.com/music
I have an artist page where you can keep up with shows news and music that links all the social media together at http://artistecard.com/KevKingCold

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Kev King Cold thanks for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. I know you got some shout outs, man go ahead and drop em ..
Kev King Cold: Thank you thank you my friend. Its been a pleasure! Shout out to Shane’a and Marlie I love you guys. Shout out to my producer/engineer Rob Nollan Music, the Truentsea collective, the Tacoma Music Collective, the Tacoma Artist Collective, Caleb Jermain, Derek Huskey, Payton Spencer, Haiku, Devonte Hentley, my whole fam back home in the O, and all my listeners and followers worldwide. Peace and love.


Meet Gospel/Contemporary Christian Singer "Ernest Musik" from Cleburne, TX

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A very Gifted Singer/Songwriter from Cleburne, TX. Now resides in Fort Worth. Found his calling in music his freshman year of high school while performing in front of a crowd. Every since then, Ernest has been working hard on crafting his vocal skills into perfection and refuses to be known as a computer singer because he sounds the same way as he does when he sings in a studio. Ernest had been in numerous groups but as of 2013 he is a full fledged solo artists and has rededicated his life over to Christ. Ernest is a proud founder of an Outreach ministry "GPUAO" which stands for Gods People United As One which is dedicated to saving lives for Christ. Ernest is working very hard to release his Debut solo mixtape "From The Heart" at the moment and he guarantees you it will be very Inspirational when it is released. I thank you for taking the time to listen to my Music and I Pray that my messages will help inspire you to find your personal Relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Houston Musician ANTHERIUS Exclusive Interview on Music, Tech, and "Distant Christmas"


Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Antherius. Glad to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya' been?
Antherius: Doing very well, thank you, happy to be with you today.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a background on yourself? 
Antherius: Native Houstonian, keyboard player all my life, musician wannabe before I actually went pro in 2004. To pay the bills, I have a professional career in process automation (hardware & software engineering, then business development past 15 years). Been involved with hi-tech most of my life, and technology is a cornerstone of my musical ambitions.

Mistah Wilson: How did you get involved in music? 
Antherius: I have a musical mind, but was never a stellar live performer. I was a weekend DJ at local FM stations while in college, so that got my hands “dirty” with mixing boards and various analog effects. When MIDI came around, along with lower-cost hardware and software technologies around 2000 – only then did I have all of the “complimentary” parts to enable me to start composing, arranging, producing, etc. My goal was to execute ALL parts of a musical work, from composition,
then arranging, mixing, and mastering – and today’s technology allows for this.

Mistah Wilson: Where do you find inspiration from when creating anew? 
Antherius: It’s more reaching a relaxed and clear state of mind (any peaceful location) for compositions to find their way into my mind. A few dirty martinis help (LOL). The original tunes usually find me (and wake me up) in the middle of the night.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some musical figures that have influenced the music you make? 
Antherius: I believe musicians are influenced by everybody; it’s a very symbiotic industry. For me, think instrumental rock with big accompaniment, so the Moody Blues, ELO, Chris Spheeris, Enya, 2002… – really, too many more to name…

Mistah Wilson: Are there any musicians you'd like to collaborate with? Who and why? 
Antherius: Either the artists and/or producers of Tangerine Dream, Moby, other composer/producers would be interesting, as I believe there are many out there could really “up my game.” Since I also engineer and produce my tracks, a little time working with other folks “behind the curtain” on the mixing/mastering side would certainly improve my skills.

Mistah Wilson: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects. What is your plan with "Distant Christmas"? 
Antherius: I was encouraged by my team years ago to “cover” music by others, to compliment my original compositions, and the Christmas tracks fell out of that plan. Music is a numbers business, so
the more I create, the better chances I get for market penetration – that is attain airplay and listeners in general. Next up for me is continuing a string of covers of 1960’s pop instrumentals, to be released as singles when they are completed.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music? 
Antherius: Music is an opportunity to be of significant emotional impact to listeners, to accentuate their day and to impact their general feelings (as popular music did for me on the listening end all of my life). So, now that I’m on the performing side, my simple goal is one of the same – that is to trigger positive emotions via my music to my listeners in some small way.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people follow your artistry online? 
Antherius: Best place is my facebook page “antheriusmusic” otherwise my website antherius.com.

Mistah Wilson: Hey, Antherius! It's been awesome! Thanks so much for coming through for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. If there is anyone you'd like to shout out, now's a good time ... 
Antherius: Thank you, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to chat with you. I’ll shout out an “Early Merry Christmas” wish for everyone! Peace, @.


Meet Soul R&B Musician OCKLEY from Lusaka, Zambia


Ockley is an musician born and bred in Zambia. Ockley is a multi talented singer with abilities to do various genres of music. He is a songwriter, entrepreneur, and a student. Officially, he begun his music career in 2016. He has worked with Zambian local artists and written music for some of the uprising stars in his country. He has two debut singles called Main One and Tikaonana (meaning-when we meet). Ockley is ready to take the music industry by storm.

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Meet Country Songwriter M.K. Gray from Normal, Illinois

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I've consistently written songs either by myself or with others for over 30 years, mainly with Phillip Harrington of Killer Phil Sound. Currently a Writer Member of Broadcast Music, Inc and I specialize in lyric writing. I am currently looking for experienced co-writers who compose.


Meet Seattle Artist Langston Doobs (Bio + Music)


Langston Doobs brings a smooth melodic sound in the vein of Goldlink or Anderson Paak. His music crosses the lines of several genres while still staying in the lines just enough to be classified as Hip Hop. His colorful abstract sound makes a beautiful composition on every song. Langston Doobs is definitely a new Northwest artist worth checking out.

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Over tha Summer, ThaWilsonBlock made a transition from Pasadena, CA to Seattle, WA. It's been somewhat of a rocky road, but we've managed to find our footing. We are aggressively expanding our network of artists by offering free promotion on our blog through exclusive interviews, general article write ups, and most of all, the craft!

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Mistah Wilson speaks on 'Ethnic Bias' Amongst Pasadena News Outlets + Shouts Out Major James, Joey Tripp, KStone, Michael Jones, Aron Fletcher, & more...


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The Names of 60 DENA Artists Summoned for Participation in #BringingItTogether Movement


In order to achieve a unified local music scene, it is imperative that local artists and musicians do their part. And tha hope is that most will be honored to do so.

In 2013, ThaWilsonBlock started it's magazine and tha launch of tha ever-so-formal 'Pasadena Music Scene' in a sincere effort to help recognize local, native, independent artists. The reason a formal music scene has been created in Pasadena, CA is because tha prime news outlets and sources rarely scout for local native talent. So, while tha whole World watches Pasadena on New Years Day or when high profile acts like Jay Z and Eminem hit tha Rose Bowl, it is tha local native artists and musicians who kinda have to bite tha bullet.

This call for unity is to help foster a sense of purpose in tha greater community. Mistah Wilson is acting as tha cornerstone having taken a very special interest in Pasadena music. Today, ThaWilsonBlock has created one of tha essential sources for DENA artists and their respective content. We want our local artists to be formally recognized and acknowledged for who they are and encourage them to be proactive members of tha arts community and society abroad. 

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Rapper/Singer Maya Huyana talks Latest Projects, Her Songwriting Process, and Challenges as a Recording Artist


Maya Huyana aka Yaya is from the Inland Empire region of Southern California, but she has also lived in Las Vegas for a portion of her childhood. She is the oldest of five siblings, and was raised by her wonderful mother Christine in a single parent home. Creativity has always been one of Maya's strengths, and from the moment she learned how to write, she began writing stories and poems, and at age 13 she wrote her first song. As a child, she participated in every school play and talent show. Maya also excelled in basketball and sports, as well as Forensics & Debate. At age 14, she began taking modeling classes, participated in her first runway show, and has loved the craft ever since. Currently, Maya is attending college full-time, (pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship) working part time at a Women's Business Center, and at Coyote Radio as the Social Media Coordinator. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, shopping, playing basketball, and modeling. Learn more

"As far as song concepts, I have a very raw approach, and I'm learning every day from more experienced songwriters on how to use actual technique." @mayahuyana

Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Maya Huyana! Honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. How ya' been?
Maya Huyana: I'm extremely blessed! Thank you for reaching out.

Mistah Wilson: First and foremost, we discovered you via 210West, an artist we have much admiration for. How did you guys connect?
Maya Huyana: 210 invited me to perform at one of his events called Indie Music Night. He and the entire team have such great energy so I came back to Indie Music Night for a 2nd time last month. He's amazing!

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