Pulitzer goes to rap­per

The Northern Star - - WORLD -

CAL­I­FOR­NIA rap­per Ken­drick La­mar has be­come the first rap­per to win the Pulitzer Prize for mu­sic, one of the most pres­ti­gious arts awards in the United States.

La­mar, 30, (pic­tured) won the Pulitzer for his 2017 al­bum

DAMN. and was also the first mu­sic win­ner in the 100-year his­tory of the Pulitzers to come from out­side of the world of clas­si­cal or jazz.

La­mar’s fu­sion of jazz, poetry and blues with so­cial themes and love songs has made him one of the most in­no­va­tive rap­pers of his gen­er­a­tion. The Pulitzer board on Mon­day hailed DAMN., which was re­leased in April 2017, 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”. Pre­vi­ous Pulitzer mu­sic win­ners in­clude jazz mu­si­cians Wyn­ton Marsalis and Or­nette Cole­man.

DAMN., La­mar’s fourth al­bum, deals with re­li­gion, love, per­sonal strug­gles and racial pol­i­tics.

It topped the Bill­board 200 al­bum charts for three weeks on its re­lease and pow­ered La­mar to five wins at the Grammy Awards in Jan­uary, but failed to win the top Grammy prize – al­bum of the year.

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