ATLANTA -- Let's play a game.
Close your eyes and think of your favorite song from the past year. Two years. Odds are that song was either recorded in Atlanta, or performed by a home-grown Atlanta artist.
So it's no wonder music researchers have dubbed the city the leading trend-setter in music. According to "The Geographic Flow of Music," Atlanta leads the nation in music trends, especially hip-hop.
Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Terius "The Dream" Nash says the city's creative freedom put Atlanta music on the map.
In an exclusive interview with 11Alive's Blayne Alexander, he said artists are increasingly coming to Atlanta to record albums.
"I think what made Atlanta stand out is we were taking music from up north and from the west coast and creating a melting pot," The Dream said. "Adding our own slang and our own terms."
Some of The Dream's writing credits include Rhianna's "Umbrella" and Beyonce's "Single Ladies," which earned him two Grammys.
"It's just hard to explain," he said. "I can make a record anywhere, but I know that part of Atlanta in me is what makes those records work."
"Atlanta is the same way musically as [Hartsfield-Jackson] is, it's the hub for music."
The Dream recorded the songs "Love King" and "Shawty is a 10." His fourth solo album comes out in August.
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