Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for 'DAMN.' and fans are shook

Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer for 'DAMN.' and fans are shook

The same week it celebrates its first birthday, Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. has just won a Pulitzer Prize.

Though DAMN. has received many awards and countless accolades, a Pulitzer win is particularly prestigious and entirely unprecedented.

The 30-year-old's fourth studio album, which was released in April 2017, features 14 tracks, including "HUMBLE".

Lamar's politically charged performance at the Grammy Awards in January won him wide praise.

Previously, the Pulitzer board has given out special honors to famous musicians Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams, but never a rapper and never in the music category.

The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising USA journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music.

The New York Times and The New Yorker were also awarded prizes for their reporting on Harvey Weinstein that put the #MeToo movement in the national spotlight.

The second song, "DNA", sees another Fox News audio sampling: "Hip-hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years".

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