By Frederick H. Lowe
Kendrick Lamar made history on Monday, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 Rap album “DAMN.” Lamar is the first non-jazz and non-classical musician to win the Pulitzer.
The Pulitzer Committee called “DAMN” “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
He released the album August 14, 2017. Last year, “DAMN” was Billboard’s best-selling album. However, it lost out in the 2018 Grammy awards for album of the year to Bruno Mars’ “24 Karat Magic.”
The 30-year-old Lamar was born in Compton, California to parents who moved to California from Chicago. He is worth an estimated $18 million, according to his website.