Kendrick Lamar becomes rapper to win Pulitzer

18 April, 2018, 05:20 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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Kendrick Lamar attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 27 2017 in Inglewood Calif

Kendrick Lamar has been announced as 2018's Pulitzer Prize victor for music.

Lamar won five Grammy awards for Damn in January 2018 but lost the coveted album of the year prize to Bruno Mars.

The 30 year old rapper won the prize for his album DAMN, which was released in 2017 and in the 100 year history of Pulitzers, is the first victor to come from beyond Classical or Jazz music.

Even the Pulitzer plank on Monday hailed "DAMN.", that has been released in April 20 17, as "a virtuosic tune group coordinated by its own credibility and rhythmic dynamism that offers influencing vignettes catching the sophistication of modern African-American living".

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DAMN. has received both commercial and critical success. The prize in that category has so far only been given to classical or jazz musicians. The way Lamar wrote about black culture, street life, police brutality, perseverance, survival and self-worth have consistently caught the eye and ear of all types of listeners. At the 2016 Grammys, during his visual-stunning, show-stopping performance, he appeared beaten, in handcuffs, with chains around his hands and bruises on his eyes as he delivered powerful lyrics to the audience. Each loss has been criticized by the music community, launching the conversation about how the Recording Academy might be out of touch. He recently announced a massive summer tour as well as curated the soundtrack to the groundbreaking Black Panther movie.

Over the years, Lamar has been praised and lauded for the diversity in his music.

Among Lamar's fans is the victor of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in music, Du Yun.

Called the "voice of a generation", 30-year-old Kendrick Lamar mixes hip-hop with poetry and political protest.

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