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SnoopDogg said when he first got in the rap game he was just try to express his self at the beginning of his career that ended up turning into a legendary Hall of Fame career while accepting his (I Am Hip Hop honor)
Rapper Kendrick Lamar surprised attendees Saturday evening by introducing and handing Snoop the award during the awards show. which was taped. in front of a packed crowd at the Cobb Energy Performing Centre, said the ultra-smooth West Coast rapper “paved a way into many hearts” with his authentic rap flow and infectious laid-back personality.
Hip-hop royalty from Dr. Dre to Pharrell Williams paid homage to Snoop, a legend in his own right.
“He mastered the game through tests and challenges that earned him the respect of a college professor, except his game came from the streets Kendrick Lamar said. He put on game so I would avoid some the same pitfalls. … SnoopDogg is the GodFather of the west coast and always will be.
in his acceptance speech, SnoopDogg spoke to all the up-and-coming artist to continue to work hard and push the envelope in being creative and original.
To all the young rappers in the game, a lot of people don’t understand you he said. I was misunderstood at the beginning just like some of you So you got to keep pushing be original and diverse. Hip-Hop was created in the late 1970 early 1980 and it’s here to stay.
Wearing all black, T.I. performed his Hit song (We Will Not) as a stage full of people sporting dark attire held up “Black Lives Matter” signs. The rapper said he was motivated to write the song after hearing about a series of deaths of black people including Sandra Bland, who died while in jail cell after a traffic stop, and Philando Castile who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop. Castile was licensed to carry and had a firearm in his car.
T.I. said at the end of his performance that blacks should unite adding that “they can’t kill us all.”
Before the show, Snoop said it felt “amazing” to be honored by the network. He broke through under the guidance of hit maker Dr. Dre, releasing his 1993 debut album “Doggystyle,” which featured iconic songs including “Gin and Juice” and “What’s My Name?”
“He means so much to hip-hop,” rapper Young Jeezy said. “There are so many who look up to him. He paved a way for so many, and that’s why everybody knows him as Uncle Snoop.”
Rapper Gucci Mane, recently released from prison, hit the stage first. He performed four songs, kicking his set off with “First Day Out” and “First Day Out Tha Feds” during his performance. The rapper made his return after being released in late May from a Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana.
He served a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault for attacking a fan at an Atlanta nightclub. That sentence ran concurrently with a 39-month federal sentence he was given in 2014 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
First-time host DJ Khaled followed with “Holy Key” with soul singer Betty Wright and a choir dressed in gold.
There were several recorded freestyle sessions, known as The Cypher, featuring several artists including Lil Wayne and comedian Kevin Hart, who rapped shirtless wearing dark sunglasses. During Hart’s rap, some laughed while other applauded his efforts.
Lamar took home Lyricist of the Year, Fat Joe and Remy Ma won Track of the Year award for their song “All the Way Up.” The Hustler of the Year honor went to DJ Khaled, and Best New Hip-Hop Artist was earned by Chance the Rapper, who was not in attendance and as all ways Backstage Access Magazine is bring you your Backstage Access Pass in to the 2016 BET HIP-HOP AWARDS on the red carpet and behind the scenes photos..
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