The GRAMMY award-winning rapper collected the honour in recognition of his chart-topping album, DAMN.
Congratulations are in order for rapper Kendrick Lamar, who becomes the first non-classical and non-jazz musician to win the literary honour. DAMN, the title of the album that won, is a powerful socially conscious body of work which sheds light on the oppression of marginalized groups in America, especially with reference to police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Lamar won five Grammy awards for Damn in January which included a joint award for his song “Loyalty” with Rihanna. The album went double platinum in the US just a month after its release.
Following the announcement of the winner, the Pulitzer Prize administrator Dana Canedy said, “We are very proud of this selection,” she added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.”
Kendrick is respected for his artistry amongst other things, including the conceptualizing and directing of his powerful music videos. We can only expect bigger and better things from the rapper.