The release will detail the rapper’s “coming of age”
A Kendrick Lamar biography is in the works, which will document the ‘DAMN‘ artist’s “rise to rap superstardom”. Marcus J. Moore, Senior Editor of Bandcamp and Pitchfork writer, took to Twitter to announce that he is writing the book. “Some big news I’ve been eager to share,” he posted. “I’ve signed with Touchstone Books to write the cultural biography of Kendrick Lamar. My book, ‘The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America’, will detail his rise to rap superstardom.”
Moore elaborated on the project in an interview saying that the biography tracks Kendrick’s “coming of age” and “his profound impact on a racially fraught America”. It details how his story directly connects to the charged spirits of art and revolution. Ultimately, the biography explores the broad global impact of Mr. Lamar and his work,” Moore added.
“Having covered Lamar’s music over the years, I’m always fascinated by the sheer gravity of his work,” he said. “He’s an iconic musician, and someone who truly appreciates the foundation of black art, using it as a vehicle to shed light on his community. He’s never forgotten where he’s come from and I think that’s honorable.”
“He’s also a conflicted soul who’s always looking to improve, and is never satisfied with the status quo. He shapes culture and music in a way no other lyricist has. As a a big fan of his work, I want to shed adequate light on the man behind the music while giving proper context to his art.”
The book will focus on the albums ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’, ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, and ‘DAMN’ and “explores the broad global impact of Mr Lamar and his work.”
Moore says he has interviews set up with “people in and around the environment in which he grew up, as well as those who’ve helped him create music along the way”. There is no word on when the book will be published.