Kendrick Lamar has become the first non-classical artist and not jazz to win the Pulitzer Prize for his album 2017 DAMN.
The list of awards describes Lamar's record, which documents the complexities of growing up in his hometown of Compton, as "a collection of virtuous songs unified by their vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers vignettes that capture the complexity of modern African-American life." "
Launched almost exactly a year ago and with credits from Rihanna, U2, James Blake and (ironically, given the milestone) jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, DAMN. He has been described as the most compact successor of Sophia's often complex, often complex, Lamar, To Timp to Butterfly album of 2015. He sold 353,000 copies the first week, according to Billboard (that does not include streams – he generally accumulated 603,000 copies) album equivalent units "), and became platinum earlier this month, the third of its records to do so. Like Butterfly before, DAMN. He received the nomination of Lamar for Album of the Year and the prize for Best Rap Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.
"LeBron James or the little boy just around the corner, we come from the same difficulties, and it leaves my mouth with what they relate to," Lamar told Dave Chappelle of the album in Interview magazine last summer. "I do not want anyone to classify my music, I want them to say:" This is someone who is recognizing their true feelings … and their views about the world, all in one record. "I want people to recognize it and what take and apply it to your own lives. "
The Pulitzer Prize, which was founded in 1917, established its Music category for the first time in 1943. Its recipients were exclusively classical artists until 1997, when trumpeter Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician to win the prize; Marsalis was the second African-American composer to win, after the triumph of composer George Walker with Lilacs a year earlier.
Lamar has released at least one album each year since 2015, including, more recently, the soundtrack that accompanies Marvel & # 39; s Black Panther, which has cured. He made special appearances on the Coachella stage over the weekend, during the sets of Black Panther collaborators SZA and Vince Staples.