It’s not often that rap gets recognized for the incredible art form that it is, and Kendrick Lamar has made history for the art form with his album DAMN released in April 2017 by winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
The 30-year-old Californian is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician.
Organisers said it offered “affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life”.
Lamar won five Grammy awards for Damn in January – but lost the coveted album of the year prize to Bruno Mars.
Matthew Trammell of Pitchfork said of Damn: “Storytelling has been Lamar’s greatest skill and most primary mission, to put into (lots of) words what it’s like to grow up as he did – to articulate, in human terms, the intimate specifics of daily self-defense from your surroundings. Somehow, he’s gotten better.”