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.


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.


Pharoah Sanders’s Grand Return

The Nation

March 30, 2021

A Guide to the MF DOOM Discography

Bandcamp Daily

March 4, 2021

New Jazz That Agitates for Change

The New York Times

March 4, 2021


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)


Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood

An Open Dialogue (Live in New York)

Linda Sikhakhane