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Colin Tilley's video for Kendrick Lamar's "Alright"

Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but Colin Tilley, the director of the music video for Lamar's song “Alright” — which was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and was performed by the artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards — is Berkeley-born and -raised. As a result, bits of the Yay Area shine through in the video, from the opening shot of the Golden Gate Bridge to the regal Victorian homes and the skyscrapers of the Financial District. This is contrasted with scenes of groups of kids (including the Bay Area duo Los Rakas and rapper Ezale) dancing at a dock in Oakland, overlooking the skyline of San Francisco. At times, Tilley's depictions of the Bay are eerie and dark, but it's OK, because, as the song goes, we're going to be alright.

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