The book will be released through Atria Books and Simon & Schuster Publishing.
In the past decade, Kendrick Lamar earned a lifetime’s worth of accolades. This includes 13 Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and a spot on Time‘s 100 Most Influential People list. This coming October, author Marcus J. Moore will put Lamar’s career in context.
On Tuesday morning, Moore announced The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America. Simon & Schuster will publish the book, which they’ve called “the first biography of Kendrick Lamar.”
After almost two years, I can thankfully say this: “The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America” is out 10/13 via @AtriaBooks.
— Marcus J. Moore (@MarcusJMoore) February 4, 2020
“It’s the definitive account of his coming-of-age as an artist,” S&S’s blurb states. “His resurrection of two languishing genres (bebop and jazz), his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bonafide King of Rap.”
The blurb continues:
“Through his confessional poetics, politically charged anthems, and radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for countless people…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.”
Moore has previously published work with Pitchfork, the Washington Post, MTV, and The Atlantic. The Butterfly Effect is his first full-length book.
Copies are available for pre-order at Simon and Schuster. The book will hit bookshelves everywhere October 13. Buy a hardcover for $27, or an e-book for $12.99.