The rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer prize for music

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This fact confirms rap music is the most significant pop idiom of our time. The Pulitzer board described the album “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” His music is an implicit conversation about the conjoined legacies of slavery, segregation, police brutality and other hideous injustices that our society doesn’t care to solve. On DAMN, he says: “It’s murder on my street, your street, back streets, Wall Street, corporate offices, banks, employees and bosses with homicidal thoughts.”

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Each of his albums has been a vast musical progression from the one that came before, critics say. Lamar’s major label debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.d city, was released in 2012. On January 26, 2013, Lamar performed the album’s first singles “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Poetic Justice” on NBC’s sketch comedy and variety show, Saturday Night Live. In November 2013, he was also named GQ’s “Rapper of the Year,” and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s “Men of the Year” issue.Lamar has received a number of appreciations over the course of his career, including twelve Grammy Awards. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.

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