Marcus J. Moore


I worship God every day, even though I’m not always in church. I truly believe I’ve been put here to spread the gospel of good music, good writing and critical thinking, so every time I put pen to paper, and words to microphone, I’m praising the Most High. Following your passion is a spiritual experience.

Edward R. Morrow Award







Marcus J. Moore viscerally understands how music and art are connected to human lives. His writing exudes this holistic empathy and compassion; no matter his subject, his gaze is always clear and his heart is always full. He brings eloquence and gently bracing wit to his criticism, which always talks directly to the audience: when you read Marcus, you can feel him looking out at you. This is the highest praise, I think, you can pay to a critic, writer, or artist. Moore invites you into his mind and encourages you to peek out at the world from his perspective, without ever insisting his view is correct. It is simply his, and the grace with which he shares it has always felt like generosity.
— Jayson Greene, author of Once More We Saw Stars
What most people want from a journalist is an unbiased pen; one that offers honest insight coupled with empathy, built on a foundation of truth. Without hesitation, I would say that this is what you get with Marcus. I’ve experienced his balanced insight and his willingness to walk away from a piece, if he feels a closeness to the subject or a perceived closeness that would muddy the waters of integrity. I’ve also experienced his keen ability to understand the leaves, while admiring the branches, yet staying intensely focused on the roots. I think that’s what you need in a writer; someone who puts on the yoke of doing ones due diligence, slips into the shoes of the subject and exhales the undiluted truth
— Carl "Kokayi" Walker, Trustee, The Recording Academy

Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, senior editor, curator and pop culture commentator. He is at work on the highly anticipated cultural biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, to be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. In June 2017, Moore's "letter to Kanye West" won a national Edward R. Murrow Award.

Speaking with The Independent about his forthcoming book, Moore said “My book details the artist’s coming of age as an MC, how he helped resurrect two languishing genres (bebop and jazz), his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bonafide King of Rap.”

Moore’s writing on music can be found in Pitchfork, The Nation, NPR and The Atlantic, the Washington Post's newspaper and magazine, Complex, MTV and BBC Music.  His features and reviews of mainstream albums appear in Paste, The Washington City Paper, Rolling Stone and Billboard. He’s written features and breaking news pieces for WTOP-FM in D.C., and has curated nationally syndicated playlists for Google. He discusses new music live on FM radio, and contributes to several local and national podcasts. Moore was invited to Moogfest 2017 to interview Dr. Dre collaborator Colin Wolfe as part of its program.

In 2009, he launched his own site—DMV Spectrum—which covered music and entertainment in D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia. A year later, Marcus was hired as lead editor of AOL's Patch website in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Moore launched the outlet, covered local meetings and leveraged his social media presence to build the site's readership. 

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, and now living in Brooklyn, New York, he's covered business, politics and education for the Gazette newspapers in the D.C. suburbs, and is now a senior editor at Bandcamp Daily, the editorial arm of the noted online music service.



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