Kendrick Lamar, Pulitzer Prize Winner

US rap in the spotlight!

DAMN ! Kendrick Lamar, rapper from Compton California, becomes the first popular artist to win a Pulitzer Prize in the Music category!

A consecration for rap Us?

Widely recognized by the public and his peers, the rapper joined the labels Aftermath and Interscope Records in 2012 (among Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dog, Lady Gaga etc.).

He now has records with nearly 500 million views on Youtube for the clip Humble, and already over a million physical albums sold.


If rap music is not yet appreciated by all, it's possible that this one conquers a new public. The artist has indeed been rewarded for his latest album: DAMN; but more generally, it is a recognition for the entire industry, consider the professionals of the sector.

For the jury, it's "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life."

Kendrick Lamar joins the prestigious ranks of the Pulitzer Prize winners.

In the journalism category, many are the laureates who have marked popular culture. The movie Kill the Messenger, released in 2014, is inspired by the events described by Garry Webb in 1990. The investigation of The Boston Globe on the Catholic Church in 2003 will be at the origin of Spotlight, which will win the Best Picture Oscar in 2016.

In France, Deezer unveiled in 2016 that the most listened music on its streaming platform was rap, with Jul, PNL, Sch, Booba and Maitre Gims leading the most listened artists.

Would hip-hop culture become the #1 in the music industry?