Kendrick Lamar breaks industry records, becomes first hip-hop artiste to win Pulitzer Prize for music


Rapper Kendrick Lamar broke an unlikely record Monday after he was announced winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN, by the award board. This feat makes him the first non-classical or jazz artist to be so honoured.
The board disclosing this dubbed the hip hop artiste’s 2017 album "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life,"
The LP that attained double-platinum status is star's fourth studio album, and was nominated for Album of the Year. It also won Best Rap Album at this year's ceremony.
Speaking to Rolling Stone last August, Lamar said of his creative mindset behind DAMN. :"The initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums," he said. "That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody – and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. … It's all pieces of me. My musicality has been driving me since I was four years old. It's just pieces of me, man, and how I execute it is the ultimate challenge. Going from To Pimp a Butterfly to DAMN., that shit could have crashed and burned if it wasn't executed right. So I had to be real careful on my subject matter and how I weave in and out of the topics, where it still organically feels like me."

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