Kendrick Lamar Becomes the First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer Prize in Music


Kendrick Lamar is the first music performer outside of the jazz and classical genre to win Pulitzer Prize. Lamar performing in Quebec City, Canada, July 7, 2017. Photo: Andrea Dresdale- ABC News

Jasmeen Rivera, Reporter

On April 16, 2018, Kendrick Lamar, a modern rapper and songwriter from Compton, California, has become the first non-jazz and non-classical artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for his album “DAMN.” Pulitzer Administrator Dana Candey says that Lamar integrates authentic, rhyming dynamics with lyrical complexity to talk about “modern African-American life” and community. Lamar has been known to convey powerful messages in his music and on stage, including the challenges he faced growing up. Since the accolade, “DAMN” sales have increased by 236% following his win.