Marcus J. Moore

Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, editor, curator, pundit, and author of The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America. It's out via Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Mr. Moore is a contributing writer with The Nation and a contributing editor with Bandcamp Daily. His coverage of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and rock can be found at The New York Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, among many other outlets.

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The Butterfly Effect

Written by veteran journalist and music critic Marcus J. Moore, this is the first biography of Kendrick Lamar. It's the definitive account of his coming-of-age as an artist, his resurrection of jazz, his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bona fide King of Rap.

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High and Rising

A biography of the hip-hop trio De La Soul, charting their ascension, their boundary-pushing experimentation, and their lasting cultural influence.

Coming 2022 on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Music selected by Marcus J. Moore

Don’t Play It Straight

Small Bills (E L U C I D & The Lasso)

LIVE

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

An Open Dialogue (Live in New York)

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