The Round of 64 for Sound of the City’s own version of March Madness—in which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musician—is under way, and you get to help choose who makes it to Round Two. Today we pit Garfunkel’s better half Paul Simon against the “Children’s Story” teller Slick Rick. Check out the arguments in favor of each contestant below, then cast your ballot at the bottom of the page.
What would The Graduate be without “Mrs. Robinson”? What would the world look like without “The Sound of Silence”? What would self-help book titles be without “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover?” Don’t want to know. The lovable fella was born in Newark, but he grew up in Kew Gardens Hills, went to Queens College, and you know the rest. 12 Grammies and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Time‘s “100 People Who Shaped the World.” Graceland, a hugely important record credited with helping mobilize the anti-apartheid movement. There’d be no Vampire Weekend without this man. (Don’t hold it against him.)
Slick Rick The Ruler—to give the eye-patch and gold rope rockin’ rapper his full and regal due—is the art of story-telling. His early body of work is a masterclass in how to spin a yarn through rhyme, with his crowning glory “Children’s Story” a marvel of a modern fairy tale. With his faux British upper-class accent, Rick raps in a manner that exudes a chic superiority. And if you’re not convinced of his prowess, just ask your favorite rapper—whether Andre 3000, Raekwon or Snoop Dogg, he’s the man they all cite as their chief song-writing influence. Bow down!