The American has been rewarded for his album “DAMN. “. This is the first time a hip-hop artist has received the prestigious award.
American rapper Kendrick Lamar was awarded Monday, April 16th by the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in the music category for his album DAMN. , a first for a hip-hop artist and more widely for modern popular music.
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a rare corrosive poetry in the rap of 2010
A new recognition for one who, at 30, has already gleaned twelve Grammy Awards, the rewards of the industry American music, including five for this same opus in January 2018.
According to the Pulitzer Council, Kendrick Lamar’s latest album is “A collection of virtuoso pieces, unified by the authenticity of its language and a rhythmic dynamic that offer striking photos, capturing the complexity of modern African-American life” .
Promote the diversity of works
If the Pulitzer Prize was created in 1917, the music category, it appeared in 1943. It was systematically attributed to classical music until the coronation of musician and jazz composer Wynton Marsalis, in 1997.
The following year, the board of directors of the award decided to relax the criteria in order to promote the diversity of eligible works. It again broadened the spectrum in 2004, which allowed saxophonist Ornette Coleman to win in 2007. Despite these reforms, no popular modern music artist had been rewarded until this year.
Topics of society
DAMN. reached the top spot in the US record sales rankings at the beginning of May 2017. The rapper’s previous two albums had also been at the top of the charts. Follower of a very fluid phrasing, Kendrick Lamar is considered a musician policy , who regularly discusses social issues in his titles. He is from the deprived city of Compton, in Los Angeles County.
The title “Alright”, from the album To Pimp a Butterfly, has thus become the unofficial hymn of the protest movement Black Lives Matter, which denounces police violence against blacks. Yes DAMN. is still an opportunity to speak Of the condition of the Blacks in the United States, especially in the song “XXX”, in duet with the group U2, it is especially very personal: Kendrick Lamar evokes in particular the consequences of his new celebrity on his existence.
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In 2016, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda received a Pulitzer Prize in the theater category for his musical phenomenon Hamilton , which includes very many passages rappés.
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