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Why Kendrick’s Pulitzer win matters

Matt Hooke, Arts and Entertainment Editor

April 27, 2018

For the first time in the prestigious award’s 75-year history, a non-jazz or classical recording won the Pulitzer Prize for Music on April 16. In a shocking victory, Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN” beat two modern classical pieces, Michael Gilbertson’s, “Quartet,” and Ted Hearne’s “Sound fro...

Untitled but inspiring

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2016

Kendrick Lamar never stops working. After releasing his breakout album “good kid, m.A.A.d City,” he began working on his next album. “To Pimp a Butterfly” was released in 2015, earning him awards and accolades. One thing that separated Lamar from modern rap was the style beats featured on...

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards focus on performances

Alex Tomazic, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2016

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards were held last Monday in Los Angeles, California. Dubbed “Music’s Biggest Night,” the GRAMMYs celebrated the best (and the most popular) in the industry from the last year. Since many of the GRAMMY winners are announced before the actual ceremony, the night mainly...

Kendrick Lamar unleashes artistic metamorphosis with “To Pimp A Butterfly”

Kendrick Lamar's latest album, released out of nowhere last week, explores issues of race in America and show off the rapper's non-mainstream style.

Teddy Eisenberg, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2015

In many ways, Kendrick Lamar’s second masterwork, “To Pimp A Butterfly,” is the antithesis of the modern rap album. Clocking in at a sprawling hour and 19 minutes in length and featuring very few of the bravado-heavy singles we have come to know and often love in hip-hop (save the funky gem, “King...

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