By Ann Brown
“DAMN.” That’s the name of the latest CD by rapper Kendrick Lamar. And now it is a Pulitzer Prize winner. It is the first Hip-Hop album to ever have this honor.
And it is actually the first non-classical or non-jazz artist to win the a Pulitzer, since the organization included music in 1943. The Pulitzer Prize Board 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,” the Huffington Post reported.
While some music observers thought there would be outcry, instead many are impressed. “It’s big for hip-hop. I think it’s big for our country. It’s big for music. But it’s big for the Pulitzers, too. Institutions are not stuck in time, either. Institutions can change,” Farah Jasmine Griffin, a Columbia professor, told the New York Daily News.
In addition to Griffin, the music jury this year included music critic David Hajdu, violinist Regina Carter, Paul Cremo from the Metropolitan Opera and the composer David Lang.
“DAMN” was selected by a five-member music jury, Click here to read entire article