Kendrick Lamar is one of the most brilliant artists of the 21st century, but his path to greatness was a long one — and impossible to understand without the context of the struggle of black Americans during his rise to pop stardom. That’s the thesis of Marcus J. Moore’s deeply researched new book, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America. In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Moore joins host Brian Hiatt to tell the story of Lamar’s life and music (so far, at least), as well as the sociopolitical context that shaped his work. Moore also digs into the making of Lamar’s string of all-time great albums: good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp A Butterfly, and DAMN.
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