Kendrick Makes History

Kendrick Lamar, a multi Grammy winning hip-hop artist, has just received one of the biggest achievements in the history of music. On April 16, 2018, Lamar received the Pulitzer Prize for music. Kendrick Lamar is the first hip hop artist to ever receive the award for his album “DAMN,” which went platinum.

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Track list cover for Kendrick Lamar’s album, “DAMN.”

The award was originally made for literature and only the best writers could receive it. It was expanded to music in 1943. Only classical and jazz artists have been rewarded in music. “The time was right,” said Dane Canedy, the administrator of the prizes. The jury who made the decision said it was completely unanimous and they stand by their choice. They felt Lamar’s album speaks volumes for the rap game.

In 2017 his album topped the charts with songs like “DNA,” and “HUMBLE.” Although Kendrick Lamar was robbed of the Grammy Award for the album of the year by Bruno Mars, he has received the highest achievement. He also received the Grammy Award for best rap album. He won 3 more Grammys last year for songs on the album.

Every album Lamar makes is different from the last. He deserves the award because there’s no one else like him. He’s not just a musical artist, he is a writer. His lyrics and music are like reading a book. He speaks on racism, politics, and media through his music. Musically his range is immense. Should Lamar now be considered the greatest rapper of all time?


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