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., the first rap album ever to receive the prestigious award. Kendrick’s Pulitzer honor marks the first time a non-jazz or classical artist has won the award.
In July 2017, Lamar spoke with comedian Dave Chappelle for Interview magazine. When Chappelle asked the rapper what goes through his mind when he’s writing an album, Lamar said
“I really focus on what my fans will take from it, people living their day-to-day lives. At the end of the day, the music isn’t for me; it’s for people who are going through their struggles and want to relate to someone who feels the same way they do. I’ve got to take Mom out of the equation. I’ve got to go all-in, expressing myself, right there in the moment.”
Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943. This achievement is certainly groundbreaking for Kenrick Lamar and the impact his music/album has created.
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