Kendrick Lamar, famous rapper and artist, recently won the Pulitzer Prize for music. He received this award because of the diverse music and his powerful message, on his album DAMN. According to the article written for the National Public Radio’s website, Kendrick explained the sides of the album very simply, ‘”Both of these pieces,” Lamar said of the album’s duality, “are who I am.”‘
Many people who support the awarding of jazz and classical music over hip hop or rap, are aggravated over the win. But the messages of the songs on that album hold major importance when it comes to controversy and modern opinions. A juror for the Pulitzer award responded to this anger by explaining the basis of the award, (The award) “is not a prize for the best classical music or the best jazz — it’s a prize for the best music,” – David Hajdu.
This album is a great example of music taken and used for a purpose, not only does it express the freedom of opinion that America has and is battling with, but it also, according to NPR, and Pulitzer, ‘ “unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”‘