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Kendrick Lamar receives a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. !

Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar on receiving an historic Pulitzer Prize for his amazing record #DAMN ! "A virtuosic song collection," the Pulitzer board writes of DAMN., "unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

#NPR shared, "The recognition comes on the heels of growing acceptance of hip-hop from reigning cultural institutions over the past year, including LL Cool J becoming the first hip-hop artist to be acknowledged by the Kennedy Center Honors and Jay-Z the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (as well as giving an in-depth interview to the executive editor of The New York Times)."

Lamar also sphere-headed the soundtrack to the historic film #BLACKPANTHER this year! He continues to show his truth through music and also shares his visceral revelations. “LeBron James or the little boy around the corner, we come from the same struggles, and it comes out of my mouth for them to relate to,” Lamar told Dave Chappelle of the album in #InterviewMagazine last summer. “I don’t want anybody to classify my music. I want them to say, ‘This is somebody who’s recognizing his true feelings ... and views on the world, all on one record.’ I want people to recognize that and to take it and apply it to their own lives.”

The Pulitzer Prize, which was founded in 1917, first established its Music category in 1943. Its recipients were exclusively classical artists until 1997, when trumpet player Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician to win the award; Marsalis was only the second African-American composer to win, following composer George Walker’s win with Lilacs just a year before. #KendrickLamar changed the game for this prize by becoming the first rapper to receive the prize.