Kendrick Lamar Receives A Historic Pulitzer Prize For His Last Album

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Kendrick Lamar is officially a Pulitzer Prize victor.

Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Listen to the Pulitzer-winning DAMN. below.

DAMN. was critically acclaimed upon its release and the 30-year-old's fourth studio album and went on to win Best Rap album of the year at the Grammy's. This is first time in 102 years that a non-classical or jazz work has won the award-it's also certainly the first time a hip-hop artist has received the prestigious accolade.

The worldwide reporting prize was awarded to Reuters reporters Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall and Manuel Mogato "for relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs", the Pulitzer board said. The victor receives a $15,000 prize. In it Lamar questions his own motivations and those of the culture which helped make and define him (and that very almost unmade him as a young man), the paranoia of success and the process of acceptance, all framed within bleeding-edge productions and nuanced sequencing. "Damn" was nominated for album of the year at the Grammys but failed to capture the prize.

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