Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album

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The same week it celebrates its first birthday, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has just won a Pulitzer Prize. The album becomes the first piece of music that is not Classical or Jazz to take home the prestigious honor that started 101 years ago in the fields of literature, journalism, and music composition.

The board announced the news today (April 16) that the Top Dawg Entertainment LP achieved the honor in “Music Composition.” According to The Associated Press, “The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is a ‘virtuosic song collection’ and said it captures ‘the modern African American life.'”

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In past years, the likes of Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, and John Coltrane have received special honors from the Pulitzer Board. However, Lamar represents the first time a popular figure receives the prize in the Music category. His 2017 LP topped the charts and has since been certified platinum.

DAMN. was introduced with single “HUMBLE.,” a record that later reached #1. “LOYALTY.” and “LOVE.” later climbed onto the charts. It is the fourth album from the 30-year-old Compton, California MC. The LP won “Best Rap Album” at this year’s Grammy Awards.

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This album was later re-released in reverse song sequence. As fans and insiders speculated that Kendrick Lamar would release two LPs last April, Ambrosia For Heads’ Parfit pointed out that there are two narratives in the same release.