Snoop Dogg was full of advice for young, emerging rappers on Tuesday night at the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The hip-hop legend himself, who took the stage in Atlanta, was honoured with the “I Am Hip-Hop” award, presented by fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. “This is real sentimental right now for me to see my peers and all of my people in hip-hop give me the respect that I didn’t strive for,” he said to the crowd. “I just strived to make music and make people feel good and get off my expression.”
The 44-year-old rapper went on to give some words of encouragement to young rappers wishing to breaking into the scene. “I also want to say to all the young rappers that’s in the game right now, a lot of people don’t understand y’all and y’all misunderstood,” he said. “They didn’t understand me in the beginning either so you gotta keep pushing, stay who you are, be original, be diverse.”
The BET Hip-Hop Awards celebrated Snoop’s lengthy career with a video compilation, highlighting his 17 Grammy award nominations and his work with the Snoop Youth Football League. Other notable awards of the night went to Drake for Best Hip-Hop Video, Kendrick Lamar for Lyricist Of The Year And Best Live Performer, and Chance The Rapper for Best New Hip-Hop Artist.