The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for music went to "Angel's Bone", an opera by composer Du Yun. The 30-year-old musician won five Grammy awards in January for the album. He is one of the few artists who has managed to achieve critical and commercial success.
The Pulitzer board has awarded special honours to Bob Dylan, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Hank Williams.
It was the first win for a non-classical or jazz musician since the awards began including music 75 years ago. He has become a voice pf the generation that talks about survival, brutality, perseverance, self-worth.
At the 2015 BET black music awards, K. Dot performed on top of a police auto to a backdrop of the American flag.
At the 2016 Grammys, his artistic performance of life on the streets came to life as he appeared on the stage beaten, in handcuffs, and delivered his award winning music to the audience.
The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for achievements in newspaper, magazine, online journalism, literature and musical composition in US. Each loss has been criticized by the music community, launching the conversation about how the Recording Academy might be out of touch.
A University of Florida History Professor is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize victor. The album also topped several year end lists.
Lamar also recently presided over another ambitious, if commercially and artistically motivated, artistic vehicle with Black Panther: The Album.
But much of "DAMN." is more personal and introspective, with the track "HUMBLE." exploring the pitfalls of fame and Lamar also introducing a martial-arts alter ego, Kung Fu Kenny.
"DAMN.", which reached number one on the U.S. albums chart, moves forward the conversation about race that Lamar started on his previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly", which infused jazz and spoken word and gave voice to the Black Lives Matter movement.