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How the First Four Bars of “Alright” Hooked Rob Markman

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.'”

Watch Rob Markman on the Power of “Alright”

With a long career in hip hop as a journalist for Complex, The CourseVIBE and more, plus as a full-time editor for MTV NewsGenius 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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