Kendrick Lamar First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar makes history for his son DAMN album which was released on April 14, 2017.

Kendrick Lamar DAMN is the first hip-hop or contemporary music of any style to win the award. Read on for more…

Kendrick Lamar First Rapper to Win a has received word that Kendrick Lamar was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music on Monday, making him the first non-classical and non-jazz winner ever.

Kendrick Lamar makes history as the hip hop artist to win the prestigious Pulitzer.

The Pulitzer Prize board described his album, saying:

DAMN is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”

It was also reported that reforms put in place by Columbia University’s Pulitzer Prize Board between 1996 and 2004 aimed to expand the music prize to “larger forms” outside of modern classical music and jazz norms, Vox first reported.

Lamar’s previous works primarily focused on narratives stemming from his childhood in the Compton, California. DAMN is being a return to his most conventional hip-hop sound since 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, which brought him national prominence.

Congrats K-Dot!

Over the weekend, Kendrick Lamar made some guest appearances on stage at the 19th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Vince Staples caused mass hysteria in the venue bringing out Kendrick Lamar to perform Big Fish Theory cut “Yeah Right.” Then Kendrick resurfaced on stage with his Top Dawg Entertainment label mate SZA to sing “Doves in The Wild,” and “All The Stars.”