The Reading / Listening - Kendrick Lamar - Level 2

The American rapper Kendrick Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. The award is for musicians who create "distinguished" music. Lamar won for his album "DAMN". The 30-year-old songwriter rapped about the reality of being black in the USA. He wrote songs like "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry" that became very well known after the police shootings of black people in America. The Pulitzer board said the album was a masterly song collection that captured "the modern African-American life". Lamar has not yet commented on his award.



The Pulitzer Prize is for achievements in journalism, literature, and music. It started in 1917 and the first prize for musical composition was in 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and the most commercially successful musician to win it. Classical musicians usually get it. The Pulitzer committee said: "We are very proud....It means that...the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize....It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky News said Lamar won: "for his deep lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Kendrick Lamar - Level 0 Kendrick Lamar - Level 1   or  Kendrick Lamar - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/kendrick-lamar-becomes-first-non-classical-or-jazz-musician-to-win-pulitzer-prize-11334352
  • https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kendrick-lamars-pulitzer-win-is-just-the-beginning-w519246
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/arts/music/kendrick-lamar-pulitzer-prize-damn.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the first non-classical
  2. musicians who create "distinguished"
  3. the reality of being
  4. became very well
  5. police
  6. song
  7. the modern African-
  8. Lamar has not yet
  1. shootings
  2. American life
  3. or jazz musician
  4. commented
  5. music
  6. known
  7. collection
  8. black in the USA

Paragraph 2

  1. achievements in
  2. the first prize for musical
  3. the most commercially successful
  4. We are very
  5. the best work was awarded
  6. It shines a light
  7. in a completely different
  8. poetry
  1. and African sounds
  2. proud
  3. composition
  4. on hip-hop
  5. journalism
  6. way
  7. musician
  8. a Pulitzer Prize

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The American rapper Kendrick Lamar is (1) ___________________-classical or jazz musician (2) ___________________ Pulitzer Prize for music. The award is for musicians who create "distinguished" music. Lamar (3) ___________________ album "DAMN". The 30-year-old songwriter rapped about the reality of being black in the USA. He (4) ___________________ "Alright" and "The Blacker the Berry" that became very well known after the police shootings of black people in America. The Pulitzer (5) ___________________ album was a masterly song collection that captured "the modern African-American life". Lamar (6) ___________________ commented on his award.

The Pulitzer Prize is for achievements (7) ___________________, literature, and music. It started in 1917 and the first prize for musical (8) ___________________ 1943. Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper (9) ___________________ commercially successful musician to win it. Classical musicians usually get it. The Pulitzer committee said: "We (10) ___________________....It means that...the best work (11) ___________________ Pulitzer Prize....It shines a light on hip-hop in a completely different way." Sky News said Lamar won: "for his deep lyrical content...and his profound mix of hip hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, (12) ___________________ African sounds."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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usiciantowinthePulitzerPrizeformusic.Theawardisformusicianswhoc
reate"distinguished"music.Lamarwonforhisalbum"DAMN".The30-
year-oldsongwriterrappedabouttherealityofbeingblackintheUSA.H
ewrotesongslike"Alright"and"TheBlackertheBerry"thatbecamevery
wellknownafterthepoliceshootingsofblackpeopleinAmerica.ThePulit
zerboardsaidthealbumwasamasterlysongcollectionthatcaptured"th
emodernAfrican-Americanlife".Lamarhasnotyetcommentedonhisa
ward.ThePulitzerPrizeisforachievementsinjournalism,literature,and
music.Itstartedin1917andthefirstprizeformusicalcompositionwasin
1943.KendrickLamaristhefirstrapperandthemostcommerciallysucc
essfulmusiciantowinit.Classicalmusiciansusuallygetit.ThePulitzerco
mmitteesaid:"Weareveryproud....Itmeansthat...thebestworkwasa
wardedaPulitzerPrize....Itshinesalightonhip-hopinacompletelydiff
erentway."SkyNewssaidLamarwon:"forhisdeeplyricalcontent...and
hisprofoundmixofhiphop,spokenword,jazz,soul,funk,poetryandAfri
cansounds."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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