Kendrick Lamar Becomes First Rapper to Win the Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar has achieved what no other hip-hop artist before him has… won the Pulitzer Prize.

The organization announced Monday (April 16) that the Compton rapper has been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his critically-acclaimed album DAMN.

On the Pulitzer, Kendrick’s alnbum is 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.”

The rapper joins an esteemed group of artists who’ve won the Pulitzer Prize in Music before him. Past winners include Du Yun, Hendry Threadgill, Julia Wolfe, John Luther Adams, and Caroline Shaw.

According to reports, Kendrick is the first rapper, and first non-classical or jazz artist to ever win the award.

On Twitter, TDE President Terrence “Punch” Henderson Kendrick should be respected across the board for this. “Pulitzer Prize winner Kdot from Compton,” he wrote. “I bet not ever hear one of you niggas speak with anything less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar. #TDE.”