Sunday, December 31, 2017

Who Was Claudette Colvin?

Claudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement. On March 2, 1955, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in segregated Montgomery, Alabama, nine months prior to Rosa Parks.

Colvin was among the five plaintiffs originally included in the federal court case filed by civil rights attorney Fred Gray on February 1, 1956, as Browder v. Gayle, and she testified before the three-judge panel that heard the case in the United States District Court. On June 13, 1956, the judges determined that the state and local laws requiring bus segregation in Alabama were unconstitutional. The case went to the United States Supreme Court, which upheld their ruling on December 17, 1956. Colvin was the last witness to testify. Three days later, the Supreme Court issued an order to Montgomery and the state of Alabama to end bus segregation, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott was called off.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Meet Comic Artist "Lymin Lime" from Las Vegas, Nevada

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Hi everyone! ( ゚ヮ゚) I'm Lymin Lime. You can call me 🍋◔ ⌣ ◔ You'll often find me making fun of myself for the sake of some dry, poorly done, dark comedy. (ಥ﹏ಥ) <--- thinks shes a comedian ಠ⌣ಠ I dabble in some art form considered doodling (ღ˘⌣˘ღ) its somewhere between abstract & children's art ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ) follow me on instagram to see what kind of shenanigans im getting into \ (•◡•) / come with me! well.... come on! (͡ ͡° ͜ つ ͡͡°) lets go on a journey together through the world of comics! You can read "It's Always Been You: Passing By Dandelions" & "I'm Dating A Fan Girl" for free on webtoons! there will also be a printed version available soon (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ 

Lymin Lime, a self taught artist & graphic designer, was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She spent most of her life in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley & currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. She received a degree in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design & Technology. During her venture into entrepreneurship, she found her misfit with the business world. Fortunately it lead her to realize her true passions in sequential art.


Photographer Alexey Kljatov takes incredible close-up photos of snowflakes in his backyard in Moscow. 

"I capture snowflakes on the open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background." 

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Who Was Ernesto "Che" Guevara?

(June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967)
Ernesto "Che" Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous counter cultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.

As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout South America and was radicalized by the poverty, hunger and disease he witnessed. His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the capitalist exploitation of Latin America by the United States prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social reforms under President Jacobo Árbenz, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow at the behest of the United Fruit Company solidified Guevara's political ideology. Later in Mexico City, Guevara met Raúl and Fidel Castro, joined their 26th of July Movement and sailed to Cuba aboard the yacht Granma with the intention of overthrowing U.S.-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to second-in-command and played a pivotal role in the victorious two-year guerrilla campaign that deposed the Batista regime.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Park Hill Short Bus presents A Dark Visceral Unapologetic Descent Into Auditory Horror (FREE ALBUM)

Park Hill Short Bus release "Park Hill Short Bus presents A Dark Visceral Unapologetic Descent Into Auditory Horror" featuring Yonnas, Shmeeze, Ichi, Suntonio Bandanaz, Catch Lungs, Karma tha Voice, Deca One, Damien Calhoun, and many more...

  1. Judgement
  2. God
  3. Clinton Portis
  4. Bee Doo
  5. Dial Up (Skit)
  6. On a Good One
  7. Dirty Synth Bomb
  8. Van
  9. Row Boat
  10. Be True
  11. Show It If You Got It
  12. Go When I Go
  13. The Suffering (Skit)
  14. Can't Be Alone
  15. Yap
  16. Diamond in the Back
  17. Boys (Skit)
  18. Lullabye
  19. Rise
  20. Portis Oh Potty
  21. Date R*** (Skit)
  22. Break Bread
  23. Son of Liberty
  24. Snakes
  25. Inhale Death (Skit)
  26. Block Spray
  27. You Hate This Love Song
  28. The One
  29. The Line
  30. Martyrs
  31. Kill Everything Moving
  32. Forget
  33. Ruin
  34. Little Girls (Skit)
  35. Oh He's a Devil
  36. Strong Black Fist
  37. Aretha
  38. Tall Man (Skit)
  39. Nat Geo
  40. Silverback
  41. Ode to P*ssy & Guns
  42. Monster (Skit)
  43. Teeth
  44. None These
  45. Live Cargo
  46. God Have Mercy (Skit)
  47. Sybian
  48. Naked & Painted
  49. Freestyle (Skit)
  50. Dr. Gonzo
  51. Rahhhh
  52. Swans (Skit)
  53. Woof
  54. Mutton Renegade
  55. Golden Hour
  56. Holocaust
  57. Women of the Night
  58. One Finger Humdinger
  59. Live or Die (Skit)
  60. Darling
  61. Completely Nate's Idea, Everyone Else Disagreed

Pop Art Painter Ieesha Naeema talks Musical Influences, Entrepreneurship, and Her Creative Process

"I work very hard to create what I feel is dope art. I want my art to show others that your dreams are feasible." -Ieesha Naeema

Mistah Wilson: Hey, Ieesha Naeema! We are honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. How ya' been?
Ieesha Naeema: In all honesty, I’ve just been trying to keep my sanity these days lol…It’s been a little over a month now since I quit my job at J.P. Morgan. So I’ve been resting, preparing for my first solo art show and trying to figure out my next move in life.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Ieesha Naeema: Sure. Well, of course, I am Ieesha Naeema. I’m from Chicago and I moved to Dallas, TX last July. I graduated from the one and only HBCU, Florida A&M University four years ago. I majored in Business Administration/Finance. I’ve always been “creative” since I was little. I used to have notebooks full of drawings, mostly of female characters that I created. I took two art classes in high school and never entertained taking art serious. It was just something I liked to do when I was bored. It wasn’t until the end of 2015 where I decided to paint and actually make money creating art.

Mistah Wilson: What led you to start painting?
Ieesha Naeema: Really, I was not in a good place, mentally. I hated my job. I resented going to
college just to end up in these horrible work positions. I was still living in Chicago and wasn’t happy living there. My self-esteem wasn’t the greatest and I was dealing with a lot of anger issues. I just decided one day to take a trip to Michael’s to buy some supplies. Like I said earlier, I had never really painted before. So my first painting was a Poppy Flower. I started off painting mostly flowers and landscapes until I realized I was more interested in painting humans.

Mistah Wilson: Where do you draw inspiration from when painting new pieces?
Ieesha Naeema: Most of the time it’s from music. I absolutely listen to music every day. I feel music has shaped my life and has helped me get through the many stages of my life. I have a playlist that I paint to and that normally helps me put together ideas for new pieces. Since I paint musicians, I usually only paint musicians that I personally listen to. Outside of that, my inspiration just comes from life. You know like love, passion, pain, etc.

Mistah Wilson: What are some of your personal favorite paintings that you've done?
Ieesha Naeema: That’s hard because 99.99% of the time, I get emotionally attached to all of my paintings. I will say that my “Outkast 4 Eva” piece is very special to me because I grew up on Outkast. I created that piece and went on Instagram to get Big Boi to see it. Every time he would post something, I would tag him like crazy and have my friends tag him as well. After a few days, I started to give up. And then one night, I get a notification that Big Boi liked it and commented on it. That moment, for me, was confirmation that I was doing something right. Another favorite of mine would have to be my SZA piece. She is my favorite singer and someone who inspires me constantly to keep perfecting my craft. When I discovered her music a few years ago, I was amazed at how a stranger could basically read my mind. So while I painted her, I listened to her whole discography, and I think that is why it’s so special to me.

Mistah Wilson: What have been some challenges you've faced on your journey as a painter?
Ieesha Naeema: I have so many! Man….See here’s the thing…I think most people think that just because you paint or create art in general, creativity is always a given. It’s not like that. I’ve had months where I didn’t know what to paint. Or I started 10 pieces and all of them were trash to me. Or I finished a painting and thought to myself, “Girl, who are you fooling? This is basic as hell”. It
annoys me a little when someone asks for me to do custom art for them and they just say, “You’re the artist, I trust you.” Like huh?! Lol….When I create art for myself, I know what I like and what I don’t like. I know me….so it’s easier to wing ideas. But if I don’t know you, how am I supposed to know your soul? My emotions show through my work. If you want art from me, I know that you want something that represents you or what you like. I don’t want to have to guess these things, ya know?
As an artist, you have the challenge of creating what you want but also creating art that others will want to buy. A major pet peeve, as an artist, is having someone constantly tell you what you should paint. We’re sensitive as hell and it’s almost offensive. Like, no I’ll paint what I want to paint lol…if I don’t listen to Aretha Franklin’s music, I don’t want to paint her. Now, I’ve painted musicians who most people wouldn’t listen to and I’d be surprised to actually sell those paintings. But I’m ok with potentially not selling them because when I created them, I was helping myself cope with whatever I had going on at that time. And that’s what people have to realize. More than likely, an artist is creating because we need an outlet. Whether we’re sad, happy, mad, whatever….we need to get it out on that canvas….and if it becomes forced….it either turns out horrible or we won’t do it at all. I tell people all the time…I paint because it’s therapeutic. The money from it is just a bonus. So I don’t need people dictating how I should paint, what I should paint and how I go about selling my work. Everything about art is a process and you have to respect the artist and their own process….because each artist is unique.

Mistah Wilson: What are some more of the rewarding things that you've experienced?
Ieesha Naeema: It’s weird to know that people and other artists have reached out to me for advice. Like, I do not consider myself an expert. I don’t know all of the correct terminology for paint brushes, colors, etc. I’m still to this day trying to figure out how to properly price paintings and shipping costs. But it’s definitely rewarding to have others say that you’re an inspiration. I’ve had people come to my shows and tell me that they’ve been following my work for a long time. Like, that’s crazy! I started doing this to make myself feel better and to know that my art brings out emotions in others is mindboggling. I never expected to have an impact on anyone with my art. And the fact that I have other dope artists who reach out to me and show me love….that speaks volumes…

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your art?
Ieesha Naeema: I want to be able to live off of my art just like I would with any other job out there. I’ve gained enough confidence to know that it is possible. But most of all, I just want my art to speak for itself. I want you to know that every piece I’ve created has a part of me in it. I work very hard to create what I feel is dope art. I want my art to show others that your dreams are feasible. Even if art does not become a forever thing for me, I at least know that at some point in my life, I chose to live out my purpose. And that’s really all there is to it.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people view and support your art online?
Ieesha Naeema: So I’m on Instagram under the handle My Facebook page is @creationsbyina. My website is I created a Twitter account a few weeks ago but I haven’t really posted. So if you want to add me on there lol… it’s @ieeshanaeema.

Mistah Wilson: Hey, Ieesha Naeema thank you so much for coming thru for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. It's been awesome! If you wanna send any shout outs, lets hear em'...
Ieesha Naeema: Thank you guys for having me! I just want to thank my family and friends for believing in me and constantly encouraging me to keep pushing forward to keep creating art. Also, if anyone is in the DFW area, I still have tickets for my solo art show. They can be purchased on my website!

How Graffiti Art Can Improve Street Photography

Before graffiti (or street art) was widely appreciated by onlookers and practiced by underground artists around the world, it was considered simple and thoughtless vandalism. Fortunately, majority of the world has caught on and taken notice of the beauty of these meaningful pieces of art often found on the walls of our neighborhoods.

For many street photographers, graffiti art has also changed the way their photos are typically composed. With an interesting new background for their images, they’ve started paying more attention to that element in the frame instead of just focusing on their subjects, thus creating more creative opportunities for each shot...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

800 South Lake Avenue & 800 Arden Road, Pasadena, California by Mistah Wilson Photography

Meet Pop Art Painter "Ieesha Naeema" from Chicago, Illinois

Visit Ieesha Naeema's Website
I am a Chicago native currently residing in Dallas, TX. I am a self-taught visual artist/painter working primarily in acrylic paint. All of the images in my work are drawn by hand. Currently, I paint musicians who have shaped both my childhood and adulthood. I strategically select color schemes that I feel represent each artist's sound/music, as well as the emotions I feel when listening to his/her music. Outside of my pop art celebrity work, I often paint my interpretations of black beauty, specifically focusing on the black woman. I use vibrant colors to showcase my ideas. Painting is therapeutic and allows me to express myself and bring to life the ideas I often carry in my mind. My ultimate goal is to become a full-time artist and continue sharing my gift with those around me. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Meet Folk Soul Songwriter "Sheldon Botler" from Seattle, Washington

Check Out Sheldon Botler on Patreon
Sheldon Botler is a multi-instrumentalist producer, vocalist and songwriter. His original music is relaxing blend between Folk, RnB, Jazz, and Christian Contemporary. He has been featured at the the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, the Grammy Museum, the Paramount Theatre and toured with L.A.'s Vaud and the Villains. And he is now prepping for his 3rd album, his first major release. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

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East Coast Crips explain Beef with Florencia 13

Dre 5, Baby Te-Tiger, and Rico discuss the conflict with the Florence 13 gang and believe that nothing can be done to resolve this nearly 20 year conflict.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"Rap Niggaz" music video by Nipsey Hussle

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Meet Hip Hop / R&B Songwriter "Verse B." from Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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My name is Versianna Burks, Artist name Verse B! I write, sing, rap and dance! I can also draw, I consider myself to be multi-talented. I was raised in a family with an Artistic background. My mother La'Kiesha Burks (The Queen of Southern soul), who sings blues and sang background for my GrandDad Marvin Sease (The Candy Licker)! At the age of like 15, I was featured on my moms single "Her Kids"! I will say that my Mom, my grandmother, and grandfather were and are my biggest influences beside Michael Jackson! With my Music, I would love to be a voice for the youth, my generation, and give back in many ways as possible! Although u give the fans what they want always, I want to at the same time give them what they need! 

Comedian Actress Eden Young talks Performances, Stage Presence, & her Web Series "All About Manos"

"I want to make people laugh and surprise people ... you know, give them surprises! I want to touch people truly & deeply anyway I can and laughter is one of them. Laughing feels So good!!!!" @Eden Young

Mistah Wilson: Greetings, Eden Young! It is a tremendous honor to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! Could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Eden Young: Thank you for having me Mistah Wilson. What an honor. I am from Los Angeles via Queens New York; I am fortunate to have 2 amazing creative parents: My Mother, Dalene Young is a talented Actress-Writer-Director and my late father, Anthony Fascé a brilliant Musician & Actor.

Mistah Wilson: As we've mentioned before, we had tha pleasure of watching you perform at tha Old Towne Pub in Pasadena, CA. What other venues/events have you performed at?
Eden Young: I have been on stage @ the In Los Angeles: the Comedy Store, Sal’s Comedy Hole, Flappers, Hollywood Improv and the Helium Club in Portland, Oregon.

Mistah Wilson: Your character in All About Manos is classic lol .. How was tha experience shooting this project?
Eden Young: OMGOSSSHHH thank you. LoL shooting your own project is a trip an amazing experience. I love being in film and to be creating something from scratch is beyond.

Mistah Wilson: Would you consider yourself more so a comedian or actress? You can say both if you want lol ..
Eden Young: There is NOT an either or situation Mr. Wilson .... it’s all about the “And” ... but yes comedian & actress are both pieces to my puzzle ..... I actually have a wide range from very comedic to deep “drama” a true chameleon.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some comedians you actually find funny and why?
Eden Young: Chris Rock, Louis Black, Robbin Williams (I asked Santa to resurrect him from the dead for my Xmas gift. I of course stipulated to Santa please ignore EVERYTHING else on my list ... just Robbin Williams will do ... And Yes I will share my toys), Sarah Silverman, Maria Bamford, and
Chelsea Handler. I love these each of these comes because they get right down to it. They go straight for the truth and make you roar with laughter. They are also each very comfortable in their own skin & persona ... that’s fun.

Mistah Wilson: In your opinion, which comedian made tha best movie and why?
Eden Young: I have to go with Robin Williams and Mrs Doubtfire. LoL .... When you think about it even though he didn’t write it; what genius! Robbin Williams brought that film to life. He was also a brilliant actor ... he could be very deep, scary, ... he really could be so many things. I hear Santa and his slay bells as we speak dropping off my present!

Mistah Wilson: I know this is an article interview but, could you tell us a joke?
Eden Young: You do NOT have to ask me twice (so this guy had the gall on a date to ask me: why are you anorexic? I took a sip of my wine looked him in the eye and said I am not anorexic I can’t afford food ... I’m on a tight budget ... real tight.)

Mistah Wilson: What techniques or exercises do you use to create new material?
Eden Young: Life is my exercise and source of material.

Mistah Wilson: What would you say sets you apart from other comics?
Eden Young: My high heels .... high heels are not just shoes; they are a state of mind. To quote Marilyn Monroe: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she’ll conquer the world.”

Mistah Wilson: What challenges have you faced along your journey? 
Eden Young: You name it I have faced it (I think that’s what makes artists rich): financial, heartbreak, domestic violence, I have almost died 3 times (so my mission must be deep), loss of friends-family-loved ones, been homeless (do not wish that on anyone), have had people bail on you just when you needed them most.... etc. I think as we get stronger; we become bigger than ANY obstacle. Life is about how we react to what happens to us ... are you a warrior or a victim?

Mistah Wilson: What are some more of tha rewarding things that have taken place?
Eden Young: In my career that I am still paving: my own project, doing stand up and hearing people roar with laughter & seeing joy on their faces, the last play I was in: The Cross Over (I played 4 different parts. What a blast). Anytime I get to act & create I feel fortunate.
Now in life: becoming Buddhist (January 1st will be my 20th year practicing Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism) and traveling abroad (I finished high school & learned to drive in France)

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through comedy?
Eden Young: I want to make people laugh and surprise people ... you know, give them surprises! I want to touch people truly & deeply anyway I can and laughter is one of them. Laughing feels So good!!!! 

Mistah Wilson: I see confidence in your stage presence and performance onscreen. It takes a lot of guts to step out and do your own thing. How do you gain tha courage to perform in front of crowds and anticipate criticism?
Eden Young: Thank you, Mistah Wilson that means a lot! What a great question. You know in my opinion True Strength & Courage has great heart and vulnerability. People have a tendency of forgetting that the truly strong are also truly sensitive & vulnerable. My confidence is rooted in a deep strength .... soft power. And transparency is my shield.

Mistah Wilson: Do you prefer working in front of tha camera or behind tha scenes and why?
Eden Young: Hands down in front of the camera!

Mistah Wilson: How important is giving back to the Community for you? 
Eden Young: It’s everything.... if you don’t appreciate where you are, your talents and the success you are So fortunate to glean and then spread the love; well then you are missing the MOST IMPORTANT part of the equation. I am striving to get to place in my life and my career so I can give back more!

Mistah Wilson: What words do you have for aspiring comedians and actresses?
Eden Young: Never EVER Give Up!!! And Be & Surround yourselves with good friends!

Mistah Wilson: Where can people keep up with you online?
Eden Young: For my webseries go to: (we made it easy all our social media bottons are in one place). For me personally: @that’sDEEPbyE on Twitter // eden_allegra on Instagram // Eden Allegra Young on Facebook 

Mistah Wilson: Hey, Eden Young! It's been great having you here for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! We are looking forward to your next work! If you wanna send any shout outs, now's tha time...
Eden Young: Mistah Wilson You are a Creative God! Thank you for what you do! May ThaWilsonBlock and My High Heels touch the Whole World and make it a better place!

Gospel Artist Ernest Musik talks New Music, Inspiration, and What he Plans to Accomplish through Gospel Music

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Ernest Musik! We are honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. Thanks for joining tha network and submitting your formal artist introduction. Could you give us a quick background on yourself?
Ernest Musik: I Am a Gospel Singer/Songwriter From Cleburne, TX currently residing In Ft.Worth. I have been singing since the age of 15 and have been in numerous vocal groups but as of 2013 I have been a full fledged solo artist...

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects do you have?
Ernest Musik: The Current Project I have in the works is my debut mixtape Entitled "From The Heart"

which will be released in Feb 2018 through my recently signed label Renew Your Mind Records Shout out to Sam P.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires you to write songs?
Ernest Musik: I get inspired to write music about life whatever the current event that is going on at the moment it inspires me and of course my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Mistah Wilson: This may be a broad question but, what does music mean to you?
Ernest Musik: Music is a way of escaping everyday life and be transitioned into something unimaginable.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan on accomplishing through your music?
Ernest Musik: I plan on giving the World the True Jesus Christ not only with my music but with my lifestyle. For so many years people have misused and abused his name but I plan on turning that around.

Mistah Wilson: What 3 songs of yours would you highly recommend?
Ernest Musik: The Current Song I would Recommend is My Single "Lights On" (Ready To Go) the song is not your average Gospel Track.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists & musicians?

Ernest Musik: Keep God first and learn the business. Do your research, learn your material, do not just get involved in anything because I made that mistake a long time ago but after several years of sitting back and learning I am accomplishing more than I ever imagined...

Mistah Wilson: Where can people find your music online?
Ernest, I'm on Instagram and Twitter as well as 

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Ernest Musik, we really appreciate you for coming through and sharing some of your story. It's been great. If you have any shout outs, lets hear em ..
Ernest Musik: Shout to Sam P and My Label Renew Your Mind Records...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Americana Musician Eli Gardiner talks Writing Lyrics, His Love for Music, and His New Album "Virginia Rose"

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Eli Gardiner! Thank you for submitting a formal artist introduction and stopping by for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine.

Mistah Wilson: For our audience reading this, would you mind giving us a quick background on yourself?
Eli Gardiner: I grew up in a musical household. My dad played classical guitar and my mom played flute. I remember them playing instrumental music at weddings and stuff. Some of my earliest music memories are hearing the radio show "Saturday night Gold" and listening to my dad's record collection including Jim Croce and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" album.

Mistah Wilson: Before we get into tha music, I want to delve a little more into your story. What have been some challenges and rewards you've encountered along your journey?
Eli Gardiner: I asked for a guitar when I was around 12 years old but soon lost interest in it, my dad wanted to teach my how to write music and how to play it in a classical style and I just wanted to play songs. My senior year of high school I picked it back up because I was writing poetry and wanted to
put music to the lyrics. I can remember one of the first songs I wrote was inspired by an old man who I met when camping. He was all alone sitting by the fire, there was something about that scene that made me want to write and capture that melancholy feeling. A big reward for me is when someone will come up and tell me how much they like a song at a show or when there is even just a nod of recognition.

Mistah Wilson: What inspires your creativity?
Eli Gardiner: A feeling driving home from work, a memory, a look from a stranger, a line overheard, really anything.

Mistah Wilson: What does music mean to you?
Eli Gardiner: It means connection. Songs for me are about remembering and connecting at our deepest core.

Mistah Wilson: What techniques do you use when writing lyrics, creating choruses, and performing?
Eli Gardiner: I like to do free writing exercises sometimes, other times songs will just come to me and its all I can do to just get them down on paper. I usually like to create a rhyme scheme and usually a melody will come from how the rhyme and words fall. I'm kind of split on creating choruses, sometimes I don't think a song needs one. it all depends on the feel, other times I like to put in a similar line and call it a chorus. Performing is a different beast. For me its about getting inside the songs and trying to present them to the audience in the best way possible.

Mistah Wilson: What do you plan to accomplish through your music?
Eli Gardiner: I just want to make music that I like. It would be cool to play a bunch of shows and go on
tour as well!

Mistah Wilson: What current and upcoming projects do you have?
Eli Gardiner: I have just released my new album titled "Virginia Rose" and I'm working on recording a bunch of old and new songs as well as getting a full band together.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring artists and musicians?
Eli Gardiner: Something I heard awhile back was, "you only fail at your art if you stop doing it" also, take time to find your own voice.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people find your music online?
Eli Gardiner: Itunes: Virginia Rose by Eli Gardiner on Apple Music
CD Baby:♫ Virginia Rose - Eli Gardiner. Listen @cdbaby
bandcamp, spotify and amazon music.
also check out my facebook page and youtube videos!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Meet Hip Hop Artist "FASS BLACC" from Albuquerque, New Mexico

View FASS BLACC's Bandcamp
An artist on every level. I do a variety of music including Rock and Jazz. I also write and produce for other artists on my label (ALPHABET KILLA RECORDS). I get inspiration from every part of life and feel blessed to be a part of this new music movement where age and baccground doesn't matter. All that matters is the art. #ARTISLIFEISART 

Meet Gospel Vocal Artist "Michelle Miller Bell" from Lansing, Michigan

Michelle “Miller” Bell is a “Beta Music” gospel recording artist. Her songs displays a variety of sub genres reaching from Funk to Rock to R&B to Contemporary.

Meet Hip Hop Musician "K James" from Lake Charles, Louisiana

K James is originally from Lake Charles, L.A. First release was Mob Ties and the next album was Code of Honor. Moved from Lake Charles to the West to expand my music career. I am the link between the South.

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue58 (December 2017)

NEW ARTISTS ON THA BLOCK! + Exclusive Interviews with Kev King Cold + Hendo + Langston Doobs + M.K. Gray + Mance Makall, & more...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Alabama Rapper Mance Makall talks Life in Hayneville, Collabs, & Motivation for Making Music

"Do what makes you happy in the music never ever listen to the negative learn how to use it to self motivate yourself." @Mance Makall

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Mance Makall! We're honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine! What's been going on wit cha?
Mance Makall: Been working and grinding. Everything is great!

Mistah Wilson: Alabama in tha house, man we gotta show some hospitality. Can you give us a quick background on yourself?
Mance Makall: Ok cool. I'm from a town small town in Lowndes County called Hayneville. Love music since a kid until it turned into a habit.

Mistah Wilson: What was it like growing up in Hayneville and how has it impacted tha artist you've grown to be?
Mance Makall: It wasn't easy coming from a place where there are little who dare to dream and dare to believe but it made me strong as an artists I always felt like I had to go harder and harder I elevated cause people hated.

Mistah Wilson: Ok, we gotta talk music! We peeped tha music video for "Better Way" Ft. Versianna Burks and James Biggs Walker. What message were you trying to send with this project?
Mance Makall: The message was to show the other side of the streets far as the glamour and
Hollywood act it's a struggle daily people die daily for trying to make a better way but we don't want to its like we got to so showing that no matter what our intentions are bad things happen to good people and sometimes we do bad for good wrong for right.

Mistah Wilson: What other current and upcoming projects do you have?
Mance Makall: I'm currently working on Diamond in the mud my mixtape with the Better Way part 2 visual/movie also a project coming with beat champ I can't tell you much more just wait till after D.I.T.M.

Mistah Wilson: Who are some artists you've worked with and would like to work with?
Mance Makall: I've worked with Slimkuta, Rack House Gator, Ying King James, Lady K, Jook Mr
45, Versianna Burks man many artists I would love to do a track with Starlito or Kevin gates yea those guys are nice.

Mistah Wilson: What venues have you performed at?
Mance Makall: 112 in Atlanta, Skybar that's in Montgomery, B3 bar and grill in Austell GA., the legion in Greenville al. awe man I'll be naming forever but everywhere I can go I'm there.

Mistah Wilson: What motivates you to write songs?
Mance Makall: My kids, my niece's my nephew's god kids my cuzzns in them cell blocks and potnaz that are no longer here I do it for those who doubt me for those who don't believe yeah.

Mistah Wilson: What 3 songs of yours would you highly recommend?
Mance Makall: Awe man most definitely "Better Way", "Get Away", and one I'm putting out on my Diamond in the mud called wake up its more definitely for the hippies lol.

Mistah Wilson: Where can people keep up with you online?
Facebook at Mance Makall / Twitter Mance Makall Instagram / Mance Makall also subscribe to my
G+ and YouTube Mance Makall.

Mistah Wilson: What positive, encouraging words do you have for aspiring musicians?
Mance Makall: Oh yea never give up and grind like you gone die tomorrow. Work work work! Do what makes you happy in the music never ever listen to the negative learn how to use it to self motivate yourself.

Mistah Wilson: Yo, Mance Makall! It's been an honor having you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock Magazine. It's been real. If you got any shout outs, let's hear it ..
Mance Makall: Rack House, Scrilla Divenchy, Tony Kane, my engineer J Kills, and Bao Pham, Andre Stunts, DG Bravo, my big cuzzn Shoe, Big Homie Elmore, Chris bell for puttn me in business mind state and my best friend fortune Smith without her I wouldn't have made it to a lotta shows she's a real one loyal many more man awe so many I'll be naming for life.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Meet Punk Rock Painter "Brian Burks" from Pleasant Grove, Alabama

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Brian Burks is a Birmingham area artist who inspired by comic books, the desert, punk rock, the Oneness of the universe, and tacos. Brian has been working as an artist for the last Last 5 years. He's very involved with the underground art scene in the Birmingham area and sets up and organizes art and music shows at least once a month. 

Meet Hip Hop Artist "Mance Makall" from Hayneville, Alabama

Mance Makall is one of the most dedicated and hardworking artist in Alabama. His consistency constantly amazes his audience as he has won Artist of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and also Mixtape of the Year. With self motivation, he's definitely an Alabama artist to watch out for.

Meet Hip Hop Songwriter "ReaLife" from Tacoma, Washington

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Born in Seattle and raised in Tacoma, ReaLife is a highly respected artist in Washington and beyond. Also serving as President, Graphic Designer & Manager for Crown the Kings Ent as well as Producer of the All city Sounds Radio Show, his many talents push the brand forward with conviction. His upcoming album Perspective, featuring the powerful single "Black Privilege", helped him secure a nomination for Best Rap Male at the 2017 Seattle Sound Music Awards and opened the lane for many shows with some of the top artists from the west coast. You can hear his potent brand of street poetry at www.ReaLife253.BandCamp.Com

ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue65 (July 2018)