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Kendrick Lamar Becomes First Rapper to Win a Pulitzer Prize

Kendrick Lamar made history yet again as he became the first rapper to ever win the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize.

The rapper from Compton was announced as the recipient of the 2018 award Monday for his prolific album, DAMN, which the Pulitzer board described as “A virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”

The recognition is the first given to a non-classical or jazz artist.  Lamar has already received many accolades for the 2017 album, including a Grammy for Best Rap Album.