Music journalist Rob Markman knew Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” would be special from the beginning.
“That four-bar count, that signature Pharrell, he just gives you, like, four-bar staffs at the beginning of almost all of his songs, so you’re like ‘Okay, this is gonna be special.'”
With a long career in hip hop as a journalist for Complex, The Course, VIBE and more, plus as a full-time editor for MTV News, Genius and more, Markman recognizes the gold-standard when he hears it.
“You know, you just hear that Alice Walker reference, right? That Color Purple reference. ‘All my life, I had to fight.’ … You know you’re about to be in for some sh-t when the record starts.”
Click here for Markman’s perspective on the power of Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright.”
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