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It took Kendrick Lamar 6 months to finish “Alright”


During a conversation with Rick Rubin for GQ, when asked about his 2015 single Alright off his album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar revealed it took him six months and the pressure of Pharrell Williams and Sam Taylor to finish the song.

“No. You know what? I was sitting on that record for about six months. The beat's . And between my guy Sam Taylor and Pharrell (Williams), they would always be like, Did you do it? When you gonna do it? I knew it was a great record—I just was trying to find the space to approach it. I mean, the beat sounds fun, but there's something else inside of them chords that Pharrell put down that feels like—it can be more of a statement rather than a tune. So with Pharrell and Sam asking me—Am I gonna rock on it? When I'm gonna rock on it?—it put the pressure on me to challenge myself. To actually think and focus on something that could be a staple in . And eventually, I came across it. Eventually, I found the right words. You know, it was a lot going on, and still, to this day, it's a lot going on. And I wanted to approach it as more uplifting—but aggressive. Not playing the victim, but still having that We strong, you know?” – told GQ.

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