Kendrick Lamar Makes History as the First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar has already won himself a lot of acclaim for his 2017 album Damn, including the Grammy for Best Rap Album. Now he's landed himself an even bigger and more prestigious honor, however, as he's just been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Described by host Dana Canedy as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life,” Damn marks the first time a rap album has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. 

In fact, as Associated Press points out, this is the first time a non-classic or jazz artist has won the award.

The previous Pulitzer Prize for Music was awarded to experimental composer Du Yun for her opera Angel's Bone. The Public Service Pulitzer Prize for journalism, meanwhile, went to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times and Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker for their reporting of Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood's sexual abuse.

Watch the 2018 Pulitzer Prize announcement video below, with Kendrick's big moment at the 17:40 mark.

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George Zimmerman Threatens to Feed Jay Z to “An Alligator” Over Trayvon Martin Documentary

Long before there was an orange President giving neo-Nazis a pass, rational non-racist people were pretty unified in the belief that George Zimmerman was sub-human trash. Zimmerman’s 2012 killing of then-17-year-old Trayvon Martin under the guise of self-defense pretty much drove that point home. 

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“A production team headed by docuseries executive producer Michael Gasparro made unannounced visits to his parents and uncle’s homes in Florida in an attempt to get them on camera,” of The Blast noted in a recent report. “He claims that production ‘harassed,’ his family, but refused to elaborate on what the harassment was. He also would not answer whether his family agreed at any point to go on camera with the producers.”

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Suffice it to say, empathy for Zimmerman was in short supply.

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