Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album

  • Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album

Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album

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.

The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

DAMN. was critically acclaimed upon its release and the 30-year-old's fourth studio album and went on to win Best Rap album of the year at the Grammy's.

Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise. "Somehow, he's gotten better". He'll just have to put that Pulitzer where that Grammy should've gone. It has now sold more than a million copies and when streaming is included that figure rises to 3.1 million equivalent sales.

Previously, the Pulitzer board has given out special honors to famous musicians Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but never a rapper and never in the music category.

Sound from the Bench is described as a "five-movement cantata for chamber choir, electric guitar and percussion that raises oblique questions about the crosscurrents of power through excerpts from sources as diverse as Supreme Court rulings and ventriloquism textbooks".