Kendrick Lamar has become the first rapper of all time to take out take out the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album 'Damn'.
Kendrick is the first non-classical, non-jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Better yet K. Dot didn't even know that he was being considered for a Pulitzer Prize and it was a "complete surprise" when he won.
Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy spoke to Billboard about Kendrick’s win:
I don’t know specifically what the piece was, but in this case they were considering a piece of music they felt had hip-hop influences and said, “Well if we’re considering a piece of music that has hip-hop influences, why aren’t we considering hip-hop?” And someone said, “That’s exactly what we should do.” And then someone said, “We should be considering Kendrick Lamar” and the group said “absolutely.” So then, right then, they decided to listen to the entire album and decided “This is it.”
We're so stoked for Kendrick; it's well deserved!
Damn. was described 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.