Kendrick Lamar fans have always seen him as a legend and on Monday, he won the prestigious 2018 Pulitzer Prize for his music album “Damn”.
This is the first time in history for the award to be given to a rapper instead of a jazz or classical music artist. The album was chosen because it blends politics, culture and portrays the complex Modern African – American life according to the organisers.
Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” is his fourth album and was released in April, 2017 winning him five awards at the Grammys in January this year. It has gone on to sell more than 3.1 million copies and counting.
At the Grammys, the most profound song on the album is DNA/Humble which was chosen for best rap performance, best rap song and best rap video. It was mostly popular because it includes a part with Fox News host Geraldo Rivera criticising Lamar’s performance at the 2015 BET Awards when he criticised police brutality towards African Americans.
For those that do not know about the famous Pulitzer Prize and wonder why it is such a big deal, it is usually known for recognizing outstanding journalists, books and poets. The winner of the prize usually receives a $15,000 prize.
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