Marcus J. Moore


Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, senior editor, curator and pop culture commentator. He is at work on the highly-anticipated cultural biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, to be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In June 2017, Moore's "letter to Kanye West" was part of a package that won regional and national Edward R. Murrow awards.

Speaking with The Independent about his forthcoming book, Moore said, "My book details the artist’s coming of age as an MC, how he helped resurrect two languishing genres (bebop and jazz), his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bonafide King of Rap."

Moore’s writing on music can be found on Pitchfork, The Nation, NPR, The Atlantic, the Washington Post's newspaper and magazine, Complex, SPIN, MTV and BBC Music. His features and reviews of mainstream albums have appeared in Paste, Rolling Stone and Billboard. He’s written features and breaking news pieces for WTOP-FM in D.C., and has curated nationally syndicated playlists for Google. Moore discusses new music live on FM radio, and contributes to several local and national podcasts.

In 2017, Moore was invited to Moogfest to interview Dr. Dre collaborator Colin Wolfe as part of its program. Most recently, in June 2018, Moore was approached by the New York City Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment to interview revered hip-hop producer Just Blaze at NYU for the city's New York Music Month.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, and now living in Brooklyn, New York, Moore has covered business, politics and education for the Gazette newspapers in the D.C. suburbs, and was senior editor at Bandcamp Daily, the editorial arm of the noted online music service.