Over the weekend, Snoop Dogg was honored at the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards with the ‘I Am Hip Hop‘ award.
Kendrick Lamar presented the award to Snoop, and talked about the impact he has had on Hip Hop.
“He mastered the game through tests and challenges that earned him the respect of a college professor, except his game came from the streets,” the Compton-bred rapper says. “He put (me) on game, so I would avoid the same pitfalls…Snoop Dogg was the god, and continues to be so.”
Snoop Dogg went on to share some wisdom with the younger guys coming up in the game.
“To all the young rappers in the game, a lot of people don’t understand you,” Snoop says. “Y’all are misunderstood. I was misunderstood at the beginning. So you got to keep pushing, be original and diverse. Hip Hop was created many years ago and it’s taken people so many places. You have to be who you are.”
The 11th annual BET Hip Hop Awards is scheduled to air October 4.