Amidst the electrifying energy of SXSW, one event stood out as a true testament to the power of community, talent, and sheer passion for music. The officially sanctioned SXSW showcase, “From The Block,” hosted by the dynamic trio of Kim SoMajor, Charismatic Solutions, and 4 Shooters Only, took the stage at the iconic Palm Door on 6th street, marking a historic moment as their inaugural SXSW event.

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Headlined by the sensational Erica Banks and boasting a lineup that reads like a who’s who of rising stars in the industry, “From The Block” delivered an unforgettable night of performances that excited attendees.

From the moment Sticky Lo, DJ Holiday’s newest protégé known as Mr. Get In There, graced the stage with his lively presence to the commanding presence of Atlanta’s own Khai Noir, whose energy and lyrical prowess captivated the audience, the showcase was a masterclass in talent diversity and raw skill.


Blasian B3 represented Nashville, Tennessee, with an undeniable strength, continuing the streak of formidable female artists. AZAI serenaded the crowd with his velvety vocals, paying homage to R&B classics like Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk” before effortlessly transitioning into his mesmerizing originals.

But West Palm Rich truly stole the show, with energy infusing the venue with an unmatched energy that reverberated throughout the night. Their rising stars had the audience on their feet, proving that talent knows no boundaries.

Mac Young isn’t just a rapper; he’s a live wire on stage. He commands the crowd’s attention from the first beat with electrifying energy and a magnetic presence. His lively performances are a testament to his undeniable talent and solidify his status as a rising star in the rap scene.

Behind the scenes, a team of industry veterans expertly guided the event. Houston’s DJ Shawney, The Source’s Shawn Grant, and Dallas’ Lil Zac entertained the crowd throughout the evening. At the same time, Chicago’s DJ Nemo curated the perfect soundtrack to accompany the night’s festivities.

“From The Block” wasn’t just a showcase; it was a celebration of authenticity, creativity, and the power of unity within the music community. As the curtains closed on this monumental event, one thing became abundantly clear: the future of music is bright, and it’s in the hands of these remarkable talents who graced the stage at SXSW’s Palm Door.

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Shawn Grant is a Chicago native and the Senior Editor of The Source Magazine. He can only be found on Instagram and Twitter at @shawnxgrant.

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