Kendrick Lamar becomes rapper to win Pulitzer

  • Kendrick Lamar becomes rapper to win Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar becomes rapper to win Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar may have lost out on the best album Grammy for his acclaimed album Damn, but the hip-hop artist's landmark album has just landed a far more esteemed prize: a Pulitzer. His album was also the first non-classical or jazz work to win for music.

Dana Canedy, administrator of the Pulitzer prize and the first woman and person of colour to present the award, said: "We are very proud of this selection". His deep lyrical content, remarkable live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds are unlike any modern day rapper.

In addition to recognizing journalism excellence, the Pulitzer Prize also awards the best of literature, fiction, history, drama and music.

His three albums "good kid, m.A.A.d city, " "To Pimp a Butterfly" and "DAMN." have all gone on to become works of art. Critics have praised Kendrick Lamar for his depth of lyrics and remarkable content themes that he choose for his album.

On Monday, the Pulitzer board called DAMN.

The 30-year-old artiste is known to have had a deep impact on a racially fraught America and has emerged as the bona fide King of Rap. He recently announced a massive summer tour as well as curated the soundtrack to the groundbreaking Black Panther movie.

For decades contemporary music acts have desperately tried to gain recognition by way of the Pulitzer Prize, but until Kendrick Lamar's seminal album about black oppression, all had failed.