Musicians Michael Gilbertson and Ted Hearne are taking their L’s like real men. The duo have come forward to address coming up short in their bid for a Pulitzer Prize and losing out to rap star Kendrick Lamar.
Gilbertson admitted he was not initially the biggest K. Dot fan but became really familiar with his work at school.
“I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but I am a fan of his music. I remember when I was at Yale, I heard some other grad students give a talk on some of the theological and conceptual narrative depth in his work, and I was really struck by that. It changed the way I listen to his music. I’m really a fan of his work. … Probably “Real” from the album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City [is my favorite Lamar track]. There are many things I like musically, but I particularly love the refrain: “I do what I wanna do, I say what I wanna say, when I feel, and I look in the mirror and know I’m there.” I grew up a gay kid in Iowa, and it was tough. Music got me through the hardest times. Those words really speak to me.” (Slate)
Hearne gave a positive take on Lamar coming out victorious with the major award.
“I don’t put too much stock in prizes, but this is a really important year because Kendrick Lamar’s music is super important to me and to a lot of people. Hip-hop as a genre has been important to me as a composer, but Kendrick’s work in particular. He is such a bold and experimental and authentic artist. He’s one of the people that is creating truly new music.” (Slate)
A Pulitzer Prize executive has provided context behind Lamar landing the game-changing award.
“The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to — the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.” She added: “It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way. This is a big moment for hip-hop music and a big moment for the Pulitzers.” (New York Times)
This week, everyone from Busta Rhymes to comedian Martin Lawrence have acknowledged K. Dot’s game-changing win for his DAMN. album.
— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018
Beyoncé had Coachella renamed after her, Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize, & Black Panther has made more money than Titanic.
Black history month is every month, every day, every year, all the time.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) April 16, 2018
Amazing! Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN today. He is officially the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize in music! pic.twitter.com/P0Iz6AJvQ1
— COMMON (@common) April 17, 2018
Drake announced an album. J. Cole announced an album. Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer. It’s Chance The Rapper’s birthday. It’s the 15-year anniversary of Michael Jordan’s last NBA game. And D-Wade had 21 points in the first half of a playoff game at 36. It’s been quite the day.
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) April 17, 2018
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 17, 2018
Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer and both Drake and J Cole announced new albums coming this summer. We’re looking at you now Kanye 👀
— Tamara Dhia (@tamaradhia) April 17, 2018
— Sacha Lord (@Sacha_whp) April 17, 2018
— SAINT HERON (@SaintHeron) April 17, 2018
Logic has some congratulatory words for Kendrick Lamar [@kendricklamar] after finding out that Kendrick won the PULITZER AWARD.@Logic301 will be taking over @Power106LA | TOMORROW starting at 6:30 AM #TheCruzShow @dangerookipawaa pic.twitter.com/s8YFABwL13
— The Cruz Show (@TheCruzShow) April 16, 2018
Congrats to Kendrick Lamar. #PulitzerPrize ain’t nothing to scoff at. 🙏🏻
— Lance Allred (@lanceallred41) April 17, 2018
Grammy < Pulitzer. https://t.co/3WvTriaQwJ
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar has a Pulitzer Prize so 2018 isn’t all bad
— dan solomon (@dansolomon) April 16, 2018
— Rashad (@RashadDrakeford) April 16, 2018
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) April 16, 2018
.@kendricklamar What an historic moment. Congratulations on your Pulitzer!
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) April 16, 2018
There are some people who feel the Hip Hop community doesn’t have any hardworking innovative thinkers. ‘Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it’- James Baldwin @kendricklamar Keep doin it ✊🏾 https://t.co/g4q6l9323V
— KXNG CROOKED I (@CrookedIntriago) April 16, 2018
Kendrick Lamar just made history. 👏 pic.twitter.com/RJrF0TU95R
— Cycle (@bycycle) April 16, 2018
this makes sense what with kendrick lamar having been the best rapper on earth for the last several years https://t.co/09l2n88nhu
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 16, 2018
August Wilson, Thelonious Monk, Alex Haley, Toni Morrison, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Kendrick Lamar….just thinking of all the Pulitzer Prize winners I know and K Dot names sounds pretty damn good amongst them. Congrats to that brother! I’m inspired!
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 16, 2018
Congratulations @kendricklamar on your Pulitzer win. The album was brilliant and deserves every accolade .
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) April 16, 2018
Pulitzer Prize winner Kdot from Compton. I bet not ever hear one of you niggas speak with anything less than respect in your mouth for Kendrick Lamar. #TDE
— Punch TDE (@iamstillpunch) April 16, 2018