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’.
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.
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.”
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.