Kendrick Lamar the 1st rapper to win Pulitzer

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The superstar SoCal rapper has won the Pulitzer Prize for music with his brilliant "DAMN." album. The album becomes the first piece of music that is not Classical or Jazz to take home the prestigious honor that started 101 years ago in the fields of literature, journalism, and music composition.

The Pulitzer board on Monday called the album a work that captures the complexity of African-American life.

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The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for music went to "Angel's Bone", an opera by composer Du Yun.

The Pulitzer prize is best known for recognising USA journalism, but it also gives awards for books, poetry and music.

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