Hip Hop connoisseurs LL Cool J and Rakim performed a special tribute to this year’s “I Am Hip Hop Award” honoree Marley Marl alongside Jazzy Jeff, DJ Technician, and the Adam Blackstone Band at the 2023 Bet Hip-Hop Awards.
Paying homage to 50 years of Hip Hop, there was tribute to the iconic So So Def and its founder Jermaine Dupri which included Bonecrusher, Chingy, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Nelly, Bow Wow, Da Brat, Dem Franchize Boyz and Tyrese.
Hosted by Fat Joe and held at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta, Kendrick Lamar received the most wins taking home the trophy for ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Hip Hop Artist of the Year’ and ‘Video Director of the Year’ with Dave Free.
South African rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes was honored with the “Global Visionary Award” posthumously for his impact on the global Hip-Hop landscape and Ghanaian singer and rapper Black Sherif took home the Best International Flow trophy. UK rappers Little Simz, Stormzy and Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie are previous winners of this prestigious award that recognizes artists from around the world.
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