Kendrick Lamar has been announced as 2018's Pulitzer Prize victor for music.
In the process the revered Compton-born rapper made history, becoming the first musician outside of classical or jazz to receive the honour.
"The time was right", Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. Canedy added that the decision was unanimous. "This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers". A Pulitzer Prize is awarded every year for a variety of different categories, with the category for music being awarded "For a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year".
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Lamar has yet to comment publicly on the win, but his label tweeted "Pulitzer Prize victor Kdot from Compton". This has easily propelled him as one of the leaders in hip-hop, even crossing over to multiple audiences outside of rap as well.
Lamar's albums though showcase his lyrical flow, also have all a serious undertone. The Pulitzer board stated that the album is a work that captures the complexity of African-American life. His songs such as "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry" have become anthems in a time of of high-profile police shootings of minorities, they sparked conversation about race relations that society faces.