American superstar rapper, Kendrick Lamar, whose fourth album ‘DAMN’ reached double-platinum sales status, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music with the album, which Pulitzer board called “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”
With this, Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honour, with the album which was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy awards ceremony.
Lamar was lauded for his deep lyrical content, politically charged live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. Since emerging on the music scene with the 2011 album Section. 80, he has achieved the perfect mix of commercial appeal and critical respect.
The rapper who spoke with to Rolling Stone about his creative mindset behind DAMN in August 2017, said
Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature also crossed over into mainstream pop music, awarding their prestigious medal to Bob Dylan. The Pulitzer board awarded special honours to Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but a popular figure like Lamar has never won the prize for music.
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