by G. Brown
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has a long list of accolades to his career…he’s won 12 Grammy Awards, two civic honors (one from the California State Senate) and Rolling Stone Magazine has labeled one of his albums among “The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.”.
Now, Lamar has done something no other rapper has ever done…he’s netted himself a Pulitzer Prize for Music.
The 30 year old Lamar made history by earning the award for his album “DAMN” which Atlanta Black star describes 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.”
Lamar is revered as one of the most socially conscious performers of our time often thru activism and songs like that casts light on the ills in society like police shootings of minorities and race problems. But the golden boy has had some moments that tarnished his image in the eyes of some fans. In 2012, Lamar went on anti-vote rant before the presidential election saying, “I don’t vote. I don’t do no voting, I will keep it straight up real with you. I don’t believe in none of the sh*t that’s going on in the world.” But just days before the actual election, Lamar did a complete 180 saying that he was going to vote and supported Barack Obama.
His political views may seem confusing, but his music is clear to millions of adoring fans who often praise his thought provoking lyrics and soul stirring mix of hip-hop, jazz, soul and funk. Atlanta Blackstar says Lamar’s works like “To Pimp a Butterfly” and “good kid, m.A.A.d city” became works of art, with Lamar writing songs about blackness, street life, police brutality, perseverance, survival and self-worth. His piercing and sharp raps helped him become the voice of the generation, and easily ascend as the leader in hip-hop and cross over to audiences outside of rap, from rock to pop to jazz.”
Lamar now joins other music greats like Duke Ellington , Wynton Marsalis and John Coltrane as a Pulitzer winner. He also is the most commercially successful artist to win the honor.