Kendrick Lamar Becomes First Rapper To Win Pulitzer Prize

American rapper and Songwriter, Kendrick Lamar has become the first ever rapper to  win a Pulitzer Prize for music.

The 30-year-old musician won the prestigious prize for his fourth studio album dubbed ‘Damn’.

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Previous musicians to win the prize include Bob DylanHank Williams and Duke Ellington, but not in the history of the award has there been  a hip-hop artiste.

The ‘HUMBLE’ rapper’s win makes him the first non-classical or jazz artist to scoop the prize.

Lamar – who combines rap with spoken word, poetry, jazz and funk – confronts a range of issues in his lyrics, including police brutality and racial stereotyping.

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The rapper told Interview magazine last year: ”I don’t want anybody to classify my music.

”I want them to say, ‘This is somebody who’s recognising his true feelings, his true emotions, ideas, thoughts, opinions, and views on the world, all on one record.’ I want people to recognise that and to take it and apply it to their own lives.

”The more and more I get out and talk to different people, I realise they appreciate that – me being unapologetic in whatever views and approach I have.”

The Pulitzer Prize  is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of the categories, each winner receives a certificate and a U.S. $15,000 cash award (raised from $10,000 in 2017). The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.

Damn  is the fourth studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on April 14, 2017, by Top Dawg Entertainment, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album features production from a variety of record producers, including executive producer and Top Dawg Entertainment label-head Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Sounwave, DJ Dahi, Mike Will Made It and Ricci Riera; as well as further production contributions from James Blake, Steve Lacy, BadBadNotGood, Greg Kurstin, The Alchemist and 9th Wonder, among others.

Damn received widespread critical acclaim and topped the charts in the United States and Canada while reaching number two in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The album was supported by three official singles: “Humble”, “Loyalty” and “Love”. “Humble” became Lamar’s first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist. In July 2017, Damn was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Damn was the Billboard Year-End number one album of 2017.

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By: Gabla Godwin/ Showbiz Network Ghana
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