On April 16, Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper in history to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN! – an honour that not even the likes of Bob Dylan, Prince or even the Beatles have received. The hip-hop world was, of course, out of its mind with excitement but the artist himself hadn't reacted to the news. Until today, that is.
The official ceremony took place at Columbia University, New York, and Kendrick turned up in person to receive the prize. While he didn't comment when accepting the award, he later gave a brief speech in a Facebook live video, in which he simply notes:
"It's an honour ... I've been writing my whole life, so to get this type of recognition – it's beautiful."
As a reminder, the prize jury described the Compton rapper's latest album as a "virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life." With this new distinction Kendrick Lamar has entered history, marking a new era for the world of rap. Check out his reaction below.