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Editorial: Hip-hop’s presence in Pulitzer Prize long overdue

Kendrick Lamar on stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival April 23, 2017. Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his album “DAMN.” (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 18, 2018

When perusing a list of past Pulitzer Prize for Music award winners and their compositions, it’s not hard to spot Kendrick Lamar’s presence. His 2017 album, “DAMN.,” dropped onto the list with a thud, breaking up the delicate musical embroidery and lace of symphonies, concertos and operas. For the first time since the aw...

Defining the college experience in three albums

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By Ian Flanagan / Culture Editor

May 31, 2016

Whether it’s introspective headphone listening in a dark dorm room, or being knocked out by subwoofers at a loud party, music permeates college life. Though it frequently surrounds us, music is only truly rewarding when it validates our emotions and shortens the bridge of empathy between friends and stra...

“At.Long.Last.A$AP” an unremarkable tribute

By Nick Mullen / Staff Writer

June 24, 2015

“At.Long.Last.A$AP”A$AP RockyReleased: May 25Grade: B+After much speculation and delay, the sophomore album from hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky, “At.Long.Last.A$AP,” dropped unexpectedly on May 25.Compared with the hazy, slightly eerie but ultimately energized and swaggy music of Rocky's preceding works,...

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Butterfly’ a rich, vitriolic masterpiece

Kendrick Lamar's 'Butterfly' a rich, vitriolic masterpiece

By Dan Willis / Staff Writer

March 19, 2015

Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a ButterflyGrade: AEarlier this year, New York pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones left his post to become executive editor of the user-generated lyric annotation website Genius (formerly Rap Genius). In an interview with Newsweek, he said that his goal for the site was “raising the stan...

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