Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 album, “DAMN.,” was snubbed by the Recording Academy for the album of the year Grammy a few months ago.
The Pulitzer Prize for musical composition went to Lamar.
The honor made Lamar the first non-classical or jazz performer to win the prize, which was established in 1917 and honors work in 21 categories, including journalism and literature as well as music.
The song titles are in capital letters, small words that allow Lamar to explore facets of human existence and to highlight the tension between these often interwoven impulses: “PRIDE.” and “HUMBLE.,” “LUST.” and “LOVE.,” “FEAR.” and “GOD.”.
Lamar asks how a person of color – a black kid from a ghetto w guns and drugs shadow home, school, church – struggles with these contradictions.
At a United Center concert last year after the album was released, thousands of fans chanted along with Lamar – a lone, charismatic figure on stage – as he ripped through “DAMN.” tracks such as the addictive “HUMBLE.” and the politically incisive “XXX.”.
Fans can quibble over which is Lamar’s finest album.
Kendrick Lamar takes on life, death, near-misses and second chances in ‘Damn.’ .