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ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue66 (August 2018)

Bing Bing Announces Release Date of his First Formal Original Song Release

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Pasadena, CA rapper Bing Bing has just put tha word out that he is releasing the 2nd single for his upcoming project "Beautiful Struggle" 2.0 OPEN WOUNDS on April 17th, 2018. He's calling it "Humble & Strong".

"This new song I'm about to release is everything I expect from me as an artist at this point in my creative development," explains Bing Bing. "The title is inspired by a motto given to me by one of my mentors."

Bing Bing spent the last 9 months in Seattle, Washington where he collaborated with local Hip Hop Legend Suntonio Bandanaz on the first single for the Beautiful Struggle 2.0 OPEN WOUNDS project. "To feature someone like Suntonio Bandanaz on my first single promoting for a whole new project gave me a sense of direction and where I'm at. The idea of a local legend like himself on one of my songs was a good sign for me." "REGARDLESS" by Bing Bing featuring Suntonio Bandanaz is currently available for free Listen & Download.

Bing Bing has set out to fulfill another mixtape series with the Beautiful Struggle title. In August 2016, he released "Welcome to the Beautiful Struggle", a nine-cut, 30 minute listen that took nearly 3 years to complete. And if you ask Bing, it still wasn't completely finished. "The message behind this project was mainly directed toward the youth as you can hear in the first song off the mixtape," says Bing Bing. "It took me a longer time to write because I've been working as Mistah Wilson on ThaWilsonBlock Magazine, WilsonBlock100 Radio, and Pasadena Music Scene during that time."

Bing Bing is looking to follow up with Beautiful Struggle 2.0 OPEN WOUNDS this Fall / Winter 2018. The meaning behind "OPEN WOUNDS" has a lot to do with heart break, lies, and incomplete truths about his childhood. A lot of which he's been exposed to later in an adult. Bing Bing feels like he has to talk about these issues and tell his truths in order to rise above the pain that has hindered his growth. The struggle with loving himself and focusing on the unique gifts he's been blessed with. 

The plan is to reach people. To impact their lives in a positive, life-changing way. And hopefully, inspire them to express themselves and live up to their full potential. "Where I grew up, many of my peers don't relate to my story," says Bing Bing. "But, what one person doesn't like, a million others will."

Bing Bing's 2nd single "Humble & Strong" off of Beautiful
Struggle 2.0 OPEN WOUNDS will be released on April 17th, 2018, the day he was released from juvenile hall and terminated from probation as a youth. April 17th marks the 10th year since Bing Bing's plan to pursue a career in arts. And this upcoming song is everything that he expects from himself as an artist at this stage in his development. 

"The song is dedicated to Bernice Taylor, everybody that knows me in Pasadena, and anyone that I've ever had a falling out with," explains Bing Bing. 

The good thing about this is that Bing Bing's new song "Humble & Strong" will be his first ever release on all major digital outlets. Production on this song was done by Magestick Records.


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