LA / Pasadena artist Shamir: "I am the #1 Rapper in the World" (Exclusive Interview)

Download This Interview Los Angeles & Pasadena based artist Shamir sits down with Dom Promo (Dominic Poole) as they discuss Music, Influences, and Aspirations on WilsonBlock100 Radio. Shamir, whose been seen pushing his mixtapes in tha street over the last 5 years, claims he is the “#1 rapper in the world.” Shamir also goes on to say that his albums went platinum in the streets attributing his ambitions as an artist. Shamir also pays tribute to legendary Hip Hop producer J. Dilla.  Living in Pasadena most of his life, Shamir talks about how moving to Los Angeles was tough for … Continue reading LA / Pasadena artist Shamir: "I am the #1 Rapper in the World" (Exclusive Interview)

Percy Johnson on Dulan’s Soul Food: "Best Peach Cobbler I’ve Ever Had"

My dinner was great but the fried chicken could have been a little bit fresher. The Mac n’ Cheese was okay but the Mash Potatoes were superb! It really had a homemade taste. Dulan’s has the best Peach Cobbler I’ve ever had to date! In fact, the peach cobbler was so good, I’ll go back just for that alone! The portions were just right! The staff were very friendly 🙂   Review by Percy Johnson The seating area could be more roomier inside for dining in. I do have to point out that this was the 3rd time there was … Continue reading Percy Johnson on Dulan’s Soul Food: "Best Peach Cobbler I’ve Ever Had"

Nipsey Hussle talks Hip Hop in LA, Compton, Long Beach, & Inglewood

“My music is influenced by L.A. culture,” Nipsey says. “L.A. hip-hop is so different, it’s so diverse. Out here it’s like funk-inspired, it’s like ‘70s skating rink-inspired at times. It’s Zapp and Roger-inspired, it’s house party era-inspired. The production is like West Coast, ghetto rap music.” Besides detailing the sound of the music, Nipsey also drops names of the artists who have come out of Crenshaw. “Music-wise, Battlecat is from over here. He’s probably one of the biggest names to come out of [Crenshaw District],” he shares. “Kurupt, when he came out of Philly, he ended up coming to this … Continue reading Nipsey Hussle talks Hip Hop in LA, Compton, Long Beach, & Inglewood

Los Angeles is getting a Transit System to rival New York’s

It’s been a rough week for many Angelenos, who voted overwhelming for Hillary Clinton only to see her lose the electoral college and, in effect, theelection to Donald Trump. There were bright spots, including the legalization of marijuana, the expansion of park-space, and the election of whip-smart Kamala Harris as senator. But maybe the best news was the passage of Measure M, which will remake the city. The half-cent tax increase required approval by three-quarters of the electorate and was supported by nearly 70 percent of voters. Metro will now have $120 billion to build new rail lines, busways, bike paths, … Continue reading Los Angeles is getting a Transit System to rival New York’s

A Father And Son Explore LA’s Latino Culture Through Photography

Estevan Oriol discovered a love for photography after the gift of a camera and a no-frills explainer from his father. “My dad said, ‘Here’s a camera. This is the speed of the shutter and this is your depth of field,’” he explains, in a steady tone. “Here I am with my Ph.D. in photography… and Ph.D. means ‘push here dummy.’” Estevan’s journey as an artist was undoubtedly shaped by that first lesson. His father had already made his name behind the lens, and the old man’s intuition that Estevan had something to add to the cultural conversation was spot on. … Continue reading A Father And Son Explore LA’s Latino Culture Through Photography

Rey Avalon talks California Blend, Music Production, & What Led Him to Become an Artist

Oxnard, California rapper Rey Avalon, formerly known as Cali Allstarr,  links up with ThaWilsonBlock to talk music production and local music scenes in tha 805 and 661  Download This Interview Mistah Wilson: Yo, Rey Avalon! What’s good wit it, fam! Honored to have you here with us for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock. What’s tha latest & greatest? Rey Avalon: First, thanks for this article. I’m a Hip Hop lover, but music lover first. You can hear all the different sounds I incorporate in my music. I’m originally from Lancaster, CA. Now I reside in Oxnard, CA, The home of agriculture, … Continue reading Rey Avalon talks California Blend, Music Production, & What Led Him to Become an Artist

Buy "1992" album by The Game

As Game rediscovered his inner fire throughout 2016, he used personal memories of 1992 to create this cinematic autobiography. In part, the album is a love letter to his formative years, and it’s a treat to hear the rapper joyride vintage West Coast beats on “True Colors / It’s On,” “Bompton,” and “F**k Orange Juice.” While the story deepens with the anguish and regret of “Young N**as,” “92 Bars” reminds hip-hop fans of a diss track’s brutal purpose: decapitation via verses. Continue reading Buy "1992" album by The Game