Do you remember syrup sandwiches? Do you remember that Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN just celebrated the first anniversary of its release date? The Pulitzer Prize committee does.
DAMN is officially the first non-jazz non-classical composition to with the Pulitzer since the prestigious honor added a music category in 1943. As the Pulitzer website decreed, DAMN is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
In order to qualify for a Pulitzer, a musical composition has to be 1) made by an American and 2) had its first recording or performance within the United States during the year. While Kendrick is walking away with a cool $15,000 for the honor, there’s also the significance that he’s just the second black composer to win the award, following jazz trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis who was awarded the Pulitzer in 1997 for Blood on the Fields, which was the first non-classical piece to win the prize.
While Kendrick himself has yet to comment on the honor, Kendrick’s label Top Dawg Entertainment‘s President Punch had a tweet that seems to sum everything up.
Pulitzer Prize winner Kdot from Compton. I bet not ever hear one of you niggas speak with anything less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar. #TDE
— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) April 16, 2018
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