Meet Howard Nguyen, a 20 year old from Maryland, USA.
“At one point I had this song called, "Caroline" by Amine on repeat. So I made a playlist with that song in it and called it, "West Side Killa". I would just add songs that I liked, making it my very own playlist where I would listen to all my favorite songs at the moment. Little did I know, people would actually follow my playlist and actually like it.”
What music did you listen to growing up as a kid?
Growing up I would listen to whatever everyone around me was listening to, especially what my older brother was listening to. My older brother is the reason why I like the music I like today. For example, at the time my brother would listen to hip-hop, rap, and r&b so I would listen to those too even till this day those are my favorite genres to listen to. Not only that, but I also enjoyed listening to what my dad was listening to which was mostly rock and that is the reason I still love old school rock.
If you were a singer, what current living artist would you love to collaborate with?
Currently, I am in love with Lil Nas X's music. I just can't seem to get tired of his new 7 EP he dropped because he incorporates so many different genres from hip-hop to rock all the way to country which gives the EP a freshness that others don't.
What is your favorite quote?
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky
Name your top 3 favorite artist and why?
- It has to be Tupac Shakur.
Every single song Tupac brings that energy and lyricism that is just so amazing to me. Not only that but he also contributed so much to hip-hop and rap. In my opinion, without Tupac hip-hop and rap wouldn't be the same as it is today.
- Kendrick Lamar.
Something about Kendrick Lamar's music just speaks volumes to me. His lyricism and storytelling in his songs just reminds me of Tupac Shakur in ways which is why I love Kendrick Lamar's music so much.
Chris Brown's music has always been there for me since I was younger. The fact that Chris Brown can sing, rap, dance, and dress just makes me admire his music even more. His music just gives me that nostalgic feeling no matter when the song came out.
What is more important to you, music or lyrics? Why?
To me, it depends on what my mood is and what I am feeling at the moment. One second, I could be in the mood for music and then the other I can be in the mood for lyrics. In general both are important in different ways.