The East Coast: the birthplace of hip hop. It's the origin of many of the genre's living (as well as deceased) legends, and it was once the main location of the kingdom of rap music. But what happened? The East has fallen far behind while the West Coast and the Midwest, specifically Los Angeles and Chicago, have taken charge of the rap game.
Everything about Lorde emanates confidence. (Lorde is a stage name; her real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor). From the unflinching way she stares out of music videos to the proud, knowledgeable words she sings to her persona, Lorde is captivating, and she knows it.
To the delight of many of her fans, Musgraves won Best New Artist at the Country Music Awards (CMAs) on Nov. 6. Kacey Musgraves, who was nominated for six awards, released Same Trailer Different Park, her fourth album, earlier this year.
They are part of the new hip-hop movement which is focused on returning rap to its golden age of great lyricists and great beats that are reminiscent of soul instead of electronic music. Although they are not part of mainstream music, most have had international tours and are gaining deserved popularity every day.
This boy was adamant about Reed's greatness, and played me his best-known song, 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side." My taste in music has shifted and grown since then, but my respect and appreciation for Lou Reed has never diminished.