RAP­PER LAMAR A FIRST FOR PULITZER PRIZE

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - — Al Jazeera.

KEN­DRICK Lamar has be­come the first rap­per to win the Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic, in what is seen as a cul­tural mile­stone.

The his­toric an­nounce­ment marks a turn­ing point for the award, which has tra­di­tion­ally gone to clas­si­cal or jazz artists.

Called the “voice of a gen­er­a­tion”, 30-year-old Ken­drick Lamar mixes hip-hop with po­etry and po­lit­i­cal protest. His songs are the an­them of the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment in the United States, and his al­bum Damn has been praised for bridg­ing hip hop with high art.

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