Rapper Kendrick Lamar wrapped up a Pulitzer Prize win — and made history in the process.
Lamar’s “DAMN.” is the first nonclassical or jazz work to win the award, which comes with a $ 15,000 cash prize.
The Pulitzer board — which announced the winners Monday — called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.
Lamar, 30, has been hailed for lyrics that are both pungent and poignant. His songs cover themes of race and survival in a musical mix that blends hip hop, jazz, soul and spoken word.
Lamar has previously won a Grammy for best rap album for “DAMN.”
In other categories, Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less” won for fiction, Martyna Majok’s “Cost of Living” for drama, Frank Bidart’s “Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016” for poetry, “and James Forman Jr.’s “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” for general nonfiction.