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Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer Prize for ‘DAMN.’

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Kendrick Lamar has been creating genius works of art throughout his musical career. If it wasn’t evident with his debut Section.80, it became overwhelmingly so with the follow-up Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. But he was even able to top that with the dense To Pimp A Butterfly. Despite all of the acclaim and consistency Kendrick displayed throughout those works, it seems like last year’s DAMN. is the album he’s becoming most known for.

DAMN. won Kendrick the Grammy for Best Rap Album (but frustratingly not Album Of The Year). It has seen a handful of high-charting singles. And, as of yesterday, the album has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The award is historic in that it’s the first non-classical and non-jazz album to ever win. The news comes almost exactly a year after its release. And what’s a better celebration of its one year anniversary than that?

The album was described by Pulitzer as a “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” But as we all know, the album also has underlining concept that fans are still debating to this day. In fact, the debate of its cyclical concept made Lamar repackage the album as a “deluxe” version with the track-order reversed. Whatever way you decide to listen to it, the fact remains that this thing is now widely considered Kendrick’s biggest, most impactful album.

So, congratulations, Kendrick! This is an honor well-deserved. Even though To Pimp A Butterfly is the true masterpiece.

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