Kendrick Lamar’s work has long alluded to other Pulitzer Prize winners

Lamar has always had his eye on work that’s been previously lauded by the committee. Lamar’s popular single “King Kunta,” featured on “To Pimp a Butterfly,” directly references Pulitzer winner Alex Haley’s “Roots,” a landmark novel (and adapted TV event) that’s been a frequent reference point in hip-hop. Missy Elliott, Ludacris, Jay-Z, Ice Cube and West have all used Kunta Kinte allusions in their lyrics.