Kendrick Lamar Just Won a Pulitzer Prize for ‘Damn’
It was praised for “affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."
Kendrick Lamar has already been crowned a living hip-hop legend — having been awarded multiple Grammys, MTV Music Video awards, and BET awards. Now, he’s cementing himself as a literary legend, as well.
On Monday, Lamar became the first non-jazz or classical artist to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.
The 17 members of the Pulitzer board — which included writer Junot Díaz — called Lamar’s 2017 album “DAMN” “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
In the album, Lamar raps about perceptions of African-Americans in the mainstream media, legacies of racism, and US President Trump, to name a few topics.
While his lyrics and stage presence have resonated with audiences around the world, including at the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, Lamar’s work off the stage is equal parts impressive.
He recently sent more than 1,000 kids to see the Black Panther movie, and has continued to work closely with young people his local community of Compton, California, even after attaining immense global fame. He even was literally handed the key to Compton by Compton Mayor Aja Brown in 2016.
Now, the artist owns the key to the literary world, as well. There’s no telling what he might accomplish next.