Late past year, Lamar released a "collector's edition" of DAMN. with the original album's tracklist reversed - played back-to-front it revealed even more of the album's shifting, contrasting revelations of self.
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On Monday, the Pulitzer board announced the historic news, calling the album a "a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life".
Lamar is known for his piercing lyrics, political statements and his fired-up (sometimes literally) performances. "Somehow, he's gotten better". He'll just have to put that Pulitzer where that Grammy should've gone.
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Previous Pulitzer music winners include jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis and Ornette Coleman.
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Sound from the Bench is described as a "five-movement cantata for chamber choir, electric guitar and percussion that raises oblique questions about the crosscurrents of power through excerpts from sources as diverse as Supreme Court rulings and ventriloquism textbooks".