Kendrick Lamar has earned one of music’s most prestigious prizes.
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018
For some context, the previous five winners have been Du Yun for Angel’s Bone, Henry Threadgill for In for a Penny, In for a Pound, Julia Wolfe for Anthracite Fields, John Luther Adams for Become Ocean, and Caroline Shaw for Partita for 8 Voices. Kendrick certainly finds himself in some interesting company, and his work no doubt stands out from his predecessors. Still, it’s a an amazing milestone for hip-hop music, and a testament to the lyrical brilliance of Kendrick Lamar.
Granted, the prestigious nature of the prize is bound to invite some elitism, so expect the victory to elicit at least mild controversy. Either way, Kendrick’s legacy only continues to grow.