Rapper Kendrick Lamar has broken the records by winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN..
He becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honour, Rolling Stone reported.
The Pulitzer board announced Lamarâ€™s selection on Monday, calling the 2017 LP â€œa virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.â€
DAMN. is Lamarâ€™s fourth studio album, the latest in a series of acclaimed and sonically eclectic records. The LP, which has reached double-platinum sales status, was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at this yearâ€™s Grammy awards ceremony.
Last August, Lamar spoke to Rolling Stone about his creative mindset behind DAMN. â€œThe initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums,â€ he said.
â€œThat was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody â€“ and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. â€¦ Itâ€™s all pieces of me. My musicality has been driving me since I was four years old. Itâ€™s just pieces of me, man, and how I execute it is the ultimate challenge. Going from To Pimp a Butterfly to DAMN., that shit could have crashed and burned if it wasnâ€™t executed right. So I had to be real careful on my subject matter and how I weave in and out of the topics, where it still organically feels like me.â€
Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature also crossed over into mainstream pop music, awarding their prestigious medal to Bob Dylan. The singer received a $900,000 prize during a small private ceremony in Stockholm after submitting his speech to the Swedish Academy. (NAN)