Pledge Your Support for Your Local Music Scene

We, ThaWilsonBlock, are seeking supporters who want to help build and establish a foundation for the local music scene through a campaign we call #Pledge7

We are asking supporters to contribute $7/mo, or 25 cents a day, toward an artist development center that will help prepare local, untapped talent for their unconventional career path in the arts.

Our vision for an artist development center include:
-Artist Co-Op
-Studio Facilities
-Business Arts related programs & workshops
-Seminars and keynote speeches
-Membership access
-and so much more...

If you'd like to learn more about this campaign before making a pledge, feel free to contact Mistah Wilson directly at (626)817-6978

Our Latest Issue

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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue118

Yirim Seck: “As artists we have a responsibility to raise awareness"

Yirim Seck is a hip hop artist in Seattle (Photo by Hannah Myrick)
As Yirim Seck walks along 23rd and Jackson in the Central District, he has little trouble pointing out where historical buildings once stood and where open spaces have been replaced by modern structures.

He has spent most of his life in this neighborhood. The music he creates as a hip hop artist speaks to the changes in his neighborhood and the changes in larger society. Seck is one of many Seattle hip hop artists who embody resistance in the form of music and art that pushes for local activism.

“As artists we have a responsibility to raise awareness or insert ourselves in conversations to incite change,” Seck said.

“We call it a culture. It returns art to the people,” Julie C said, another local hip hop artist. “Community is a core. Hip hop acts as a mechanism of activism.”

The music is specific to Seattle, but also speaks to larger issues.

Draze, a local artist also from the Central District, released a song last year called “Irony on 23rd,” on the controversial pot shop Uncle Ike’s on 23rd and Union and the gentrification in the greater Seattle area. It became an anthem for the rally that shut down 23rd and Union last year.



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