T.I., Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Snoop Dogg Inspire During BET Hip Hop Awards
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:38:41
Last night, the annual BET Hip Hop Awards took place at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The event was packed with star-studded performances, inspiring speeches, and surprise rap battles. Here is what you missed:
Gucci Mane opened up this year's award show with Travis Scott, Young Thug, Migos' Quavo, and Zaytoven. He performed "Last Time" with Travis as well as "First Day Out Tha Feds." After that, Travis, Young Thug, and Quavo performed "Pick Up the Phone.
Later on in the show, Lil Wayne had a rap battle with Kevin Hart's alter ego Chocolate Droppa. According to Pitchfork, DJ Drama opened the segment by announcing, "One has sold over 80 million records, a thousand features, numerous Grammys and BET Awards and the other one hasn't done a godd*** thing,"
T.I. performed his new song "We Will Not" while surrounded by individuals holding "Black Lives Matter" signs. And Isaiah Rashad also stunned the crowd with his presentation of "Tity and Dolla".
Toward the end of the night, Kendrick Lamar presented Snoop Dogg with the "I Am Hip Hop" Award, which recognized his contribution to music and the community. Lamar introduced Snoop saying, "He mastered the game through tests and challenges that earned him the respect of a college professor, except his game came from the streets. He put [me] on game, so I would avoid the same pitfalls. … Snoop Dogg was the god and continues to be so," reports Pitchfork. After, a video was shown with messages from Dr. Dre, YG, Pharrell, and others, and then Snoop delivered a message to young artists, "To all the young rappers in the game, a lot of people don't understand you. Y'all are misunderstood. I was misunderstood at the beginning. So you got to keep pushing. Be original, be diverse. Hip-hop was created many years ago, and it's taken people so many places. You've always got to be who you are."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff