Kendrick Lamar is a Pulitzer Prize victor

Alonzo Simpson
April 17, 2018

But in a year when the media has been galvanised by digging into Trump's chaotic presidency, Lamar's award for his album Damn also stood out as the rapper from Compton, California, became the first rap artist to win a Pulitzer in music.

"On the first track, "Blood", Lamar takes a swipe by sampling audio of two Fox News reporters reciting anti-police lyrics from his Black Lives Matter anthem "Alright" - "'And they hate popo'...ugh, I don't like it'" - which he performed standing atop a police auto at the 2015 BET Awards.

But Kendrick Lamar's surprise performance has completely sent us over the edge.

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Listen to the Pulitzer-winning DAMN. below. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy awards won by Lamar in January for the album. The victor receives a $15,000 prize.

Previous Pulitzer music winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman. In it Lamar questions his own motivations and those of the culture which helped make and define him (and that very almost unmade him as a young man), the paranoia of success and the process of acceptance, all framed within bleeding-edge productions and nuanced sequencing.

The 30-year-old Californian won the prize for his album Damn released in April 2017.

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