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Compton Native, Rapper Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize

He is the first rap artist to win the accolade for his album "Damn."

KNX Midday News with Chris Sedens
April 16, 2018 - 1:50 pm

COMPTON (CNS) - Rapper and Compton native Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music today for his album "Damn," the first rap artist to win the accolade.

The prize has traditionally gone to classical, jazz or opera performances. But Pulitzer judges hailed Lamar's album 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."

The 30-year-old Lamar has won 12 Grammy Awards in his career. "Damn" won earlier this year for best rap album, while the album's single "Humble" won for best rap performance, rap song and music video.