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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for DAMN

Hip-Hop, a genre born out of innovation and artistry. For a number of years early on it was looked at as just a fad, a passing trend that couldn’t be given legitimate credibility. Fast forward 30 years later and Hip-Hop’s brilliance and greatness is now being more and more recognized. In 2017 Jay-Z was the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and now in 2018, Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize. Kendrick has become the first non-classical, non-jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 album DAMN. DAMN was described as “a virtuosic song collection unified by vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of the modern African-American life.” This is truly a historical moment and a tremendous win for the culture. With Hip-Hop becoming the preeminent genre in pop culture who knows what else Hip-Hop has in store. DAMN is Lamar’s fourth studio album. The single Humble off the album was Kendrick’s first number one single, DAMN went certified Double Platinum and won a Grammy for Best Rap Album.


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