Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar receives his latest esteemed honor in a Pulitzer Prize to his many titles. His third major label effort, DAMN. won in the music category marking the first time in history that a body of work that isn’t Jazz or Classical has been awarded.

Despite having been on the come-up for years, 2012’s Good Kid Maad City marked a turning point in Kendrick Lamar’s career. At the time of its release, there hadn’t been anything like it on the market for years. Its rich storytelling, deeply felt lyrics, and musical landscape seemed to tell not only Kendrick’s story, but the story of Compton and cities like it. Many wondered how he would possibly be able to top himself after such a stunning major label debut but, Kendrick Lamar has proven himself as a man with a lot on his mind. To Pimp A Butterfly, his sophomore project, became the daily soundtrack for Black Americans who faced police violence and racial injustices on the frontlines. The most recent, last year’s, DAMN. proved to be yet another stunning victory for the rapper. The album gave us more of Kendrick’s trademark introspection, observations about the human experience, and rumination on the trappings of success. As a long time fan, I can’t say that I’m surprised by this win. Kendrick’s work has always come to us feeling tangible, timely, and deeply felt so a Pulitzer feels fitting.

Lamar joins the company of previous winners Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis and more.

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