Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for 'Damn'

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Sherri Watson | 17 April, 2018, 01:20

Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar and his whole team!

On Monday, the rapper was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his fourth studio album, DAMN.

It follows the five Grammy awards won by Lamar in January for the same album.

Listen to the Pulitzer-winning DAMN. below.

"On the first track, "Blood", Lamar takes a swipe by sampling audio of two Fox News reporters reciting anti-police lyrics from his Black Lives Matter anthem "Alright" - "'And they hate popo'...ugh, I don't like it'" - which he performed standing atop a police vehicle at the 2015 BET Awards.

The Times also shared the national reporting Pulitzer with rival the Washington Post, in recognition of each newspaper's dedicated coverage of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

This marks the first time that Reuters has won two prizes in one year.

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.

"Both of these pieces", Lamar said of the album's duality, "are who I am".