Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize in music – and made history in the process.
Lamar's album “Damn” has become the first non-classical or jazz album to be honored.
According to the Pulitzer Prize Board, the award is given “for a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.” K-Dot’s masterpiece was described as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
While Kendrick hasn’t commented on the honor, Punch, the head of Top Dawg Entertainment tweeted, “Pulitzer Prize winner K-Dot from Compton. I bet not ever hear one of you [ni**s] speak with anything less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar.”