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Kendrick Lamar is a Pulitzer Prize victor

17 April 2018

Fans of the rapper have celebrated Lamar's unexpected but well-deserved win.

In announcing the journalism prizes, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy said the winners "uphold the highest goal of a free and independent press, even in the most trying of times".

Lamar made history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

Lamar has been lauded for his deep lyrical content, politically charged live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. But surprisingly, it could not win the Album of the Year.

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By becoming the first non-classical or jazz victor, the rapper has cemented his place in history. The victor is determined by vote of the Board of Directors award.

The rapper told Interview magazine past year: "I don't want anybody to classify my music".

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With his fourth official full-length LP, DAMN.

Lamar won five Grammy awards for Damn in January - but lost the coveted album of the year prize to Bruno Mars.

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Songs such as Alright and The Blacker the Berry have become anthems in the wake of high-profile police shootings of black people.

Kendrick's unparalleled body of work takes on many gritty themes from his life growing up in gang-infested Compton - racism, exclusion, the duality of human nature, religion, personal growth, unemployment, perseverance, survival, drugs and more.

Congratulations to the Rapper for revolutionising the music scene and creating a difference!

"Well if we're considering a piece of music that has hip-hop influences, why aren't we considering hip-hop?" somebody said, suggesting that the board listened to DAMN.

Rap officially surpassed rock in 2017 as the biggest music genre in the United States.

It was the first time that a musician outside the classical discipline or jazz had won the award since it was first handed out in 1943.

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Kendrick Lamar is a Pulitzer Prize victor