It’s not usual that Hip Hop receives a biography on an artist that is still in their prime, but when you’re Kendrick Lamar, a 13-time GRAMMY-winner and Pulitzer Prize-winner, it makes complete sense.
On Feb. 4, the release date for The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore, a music journalist from outlets like Pitchfork and the Washington Post, was announced. Hip Hop heads can expect to get their hands on a copy on Oct. 13.
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
The book focuses on K-Dot’s rise to fame and how he has maneuvered through the music industry, while tapping into social injustice in America, such as racial discrimination or police brutality. Since he’s been in the game, he’s become an advocate for minorities by proudly speaking on these issues, which is what separates him from other rappers.
According to the Simon & Schuster website, “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.’”
The website also mentioned that it will shine a light on the iconic performances he’s had through his career.
The Compton native’s last album Damn was released in 2017 when Donald Trump had just taken office. K-Dot held another important message for America by reflecting on that feeling and the feeling of being a person of color in society. He also received a Pulitzer Prize for the album. Since then, he’s continued to make history. Kendrick produced and helped create Marvel Comics’ Black Panther album, which was the first comic series to include Black culture.
The book can be found on the Simon & Schuster website, Barnes and Noble or Amazon when it hits retail stores on Oct. 13.