On America: Kendrick Lamar's Powerful Storytelling in Song with Marcus J. Moore and Touré
Wednesday, 7:30 pm EDT October 14, 2020
On America series brings fiction writers together with journalists, scholars, activists, and other agents for change for a deeply thoughtful reflection on issues affecting the nation. See all events in series.
Award-winning music journalist Marcus J. Moore’s biography of Kendrick Lamar, rap superstar and “master of storytelling” (New Yorker), not only tells the story of his rise to fame, but is a profound exploration of the cultural impact Lamar’s work has had on a racially fraught America. Moore argues that, through his confessional poetics, his politically charged anthems, and his radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for countless people to keep hope and resist an oppressive system of injustice. He is joined in conversation by podcast host and author, Touré.
Marcus J. Moore
Marcus J. Moore
Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, senior editor, curator, pundit, and author of The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America. The book is being published by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on October 13, 2020. Marcus is a contributing writer with the Nation and a contributing editor with Bandcamp Daily, a platform he helped establish. 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 other outlets. He has created globally syndicated playlists for Google, guest-hosted live radio shows for Red Bull Radio, and curated an interview series for Sonos. He discusses new music and trends on FM radio, and writes extensive liner notes and bios for indie and mainstream musicians. Ever the crate digger, Marcus compiles playlists for local restaurants, bars, coworking spaces, and cafes, and has been known to deejay in Brooklyn, East Africa, and the Washington, D.C. area. In September, he released his first musical project, a well-received selection of liberation jazz and soul from his personal collection, on Paxico Records. He lives in Brooklyn and is working on his next book, a biography of rap group De La Soul, called High and Rising.
Touré is the host of the podcast Touré Show and the political podcast Democracyish. He was the co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle and also a host at MTV, BET, and Fuse as well as a Correspondent at CNN. He’s the author of six books including I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon and Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? He lives in Brooklyn, with his wife and two children.
The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
By Marcus J. Moore
Published by Atria Books
Kendrick Lamar is at the top of his game. The thirteen-time Grammy Award-winning rapper is just in his early thirties, but he’s already won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, produced and curated the soundtrack of the megahit film Black Panther, and has been named one of Time’s 100 Influential People. But what’s even more striking about the Compton-born lyricist and performer is how he’s established himself as a formidable adversary of oppression and force for change.
Through his confessional poetics, his politically charged anthems, and his radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for countless people. 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 two languishing genres (bebop and jazz), his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bona fide King of Rap. The Butterfly Effect is the extraordinary, triumphant story of a modern lyrical prophet and an American icon who has given hope to those buckling under the weight of systemic oppression, reminding everyone that through it all—”we gon’ be alright.”
About this series
Our On America series explores issues important to all Americans as we approach the 2020 election. Who are we? Who are we becoming? How do the stories we tell shape who we are as a nation?
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