Kendrick Lamar Makes History As First Rapper to Win Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar Makes History As First Rapper to Win Pulitzer Prize

Lamar broke with the sort of themes commonly expressed in hip-hop, and rapped about police brutality and racial inequality, with his song Alright considered an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. One unexpected victor this year turned heads by making history.

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album Damn. This makes him the first rapper to take home such an award in the 101 year history of the selections.

The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising United States journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music.

Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview that, "The time was right".

The Pulitzer Prize for Music was reserved entirely for classical artists until 1996, when, after fierce internal debate, the board announced a change to the criteria "so as to attract the best of a wider range of American music". In addition to this awesome win, he also curated the soundtrack to Black Panther. It is a testament to the attention to detail and artistic vision Lamar had when he put the record together, creating yet another timeless masterpiece.

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.

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.

Lamar's albums though showcase his lyrical flow, also have all a serious undertone.

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