Sometimes it takes just a single wake-up call to persuade someone to get up and follow their dreams. For Rob Markman, celebrated writer for lyrics analysis website Genius, it was almost being shot — an experience captured on his unexpected and amazing new EP, Write to Dream.
The EP is an inspiring celebration of not only Markman — who turned his dream of putting a project of this calibre together into reality — but also just good music. The production and the bars are on point. Particularly, Markman's storytelling game is A-1. Obvious standouts are "Fredo," about the relationship between Vito Corleone's children in the iconic Godfather films, and "Jason's Lyric," a flipped perspective of the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Somebody's Gotta Die" in which the reveal rivals that of The Usual Suspects. Another big tune is "Writer," which cleverly allows Markman to remind the listener how well respected he is without having any actual (rapping) features.
Markman's writing is seasoned, as it should be; he's spent more time than most of us as a disciple of this culture. Write to Dream doesn't follow any trends or attempt to break any cross-genre barriers. It's just bars and beats, and it's a beautiful thing. (Empire)