It seems like making history is a norm for Kendrick Lamar.
Following his chart-topping and critically-acclaimed albums, the American rapper is adding a Pulitzer Prize under his belt. This time, it’s for his 2017 album, DAMN.
Known for his fusion of jazz, poetry, blues with social themes and love songs, his brand of rap has made him one of the most innovative rappers of his generation. He is the first music winner in the 100-year history of the prestigious arts awards to come from outside the world of classical or jazz.
The Pulitzer board wrote praises for DAMN. describing the album as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
Lamar’s fourth album deals with religion, love, personal struggles, and racial politics. It has already won five Grammy Awards last January, including Best Rap Album. The album, however, failed to win then top Grammy prize – Album of the Year – losing to Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. It was seen as a snub by music industry voters for the rap genre, despite overtaking rock music as the biggest genre in the U.S.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lamar first rose to fame back in 2010, when he released his fifth mixtape called Overly Dedicated. He went on to amass a huge following online and collaborations with prominent hip hop artists such as The Game, Busta Rhymes, and Snoop Dogg. He also curated the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther.
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