How The Pulitzer Jury Opened Its Doors To Hip-Hop

Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music this week, becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to do so.

In the annals of American culture, Kendrick Lamar’s unprecedented Pulitzer win in music for DAMN. will stand alongside a recent influx of hip-hop firsts: Jay-Z’s 2017 induction into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, LL Cool J’s 2017 Kennedy Center Honors and the entire slew of artists who — to paraphrase a George Clinton classic — helped paint the White House rap during Obama’s presidency.

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Iraqi musicians fight to revive ancient art of maqam

Rooted in classical and colloquial Arab poetry and embracing a wide repertoire of melodies, the Iraqi maqam is considered a symbol of the musical history of Iraq and the Middle East. Inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008, the Iraqi maqam is still alive, whereas many Arab musical styles in the region have either disappeared or become Westernized over time.

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This Machine Learning System Thinks About Music Like You Do

If you’ve ever let Spotify DJ your party and then found yourself asking, a half an hour in, “Spotify, what are you thinking?”—well, it actually may be thinking a lot like you. Scientists reported in a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that they’ve created a machine-learning system that processes sound just like humans, whether it’s discerning the meaning of a word or classifying music by genre.

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