Since its inception, the BET Hip-Hop Awards show has recognized rap artists who have created a lasting legacy through their music and beyond. Established back in 2006, the first I Am Hip Hop recipient was legendary Grandmaster Flash. From there, KRS-One, Salt-N-Pepa, Lil Wayne, Lil Kim, Master P, and Uncle Luke have all received the honor.
Yesterday, Nelly accepted the award at the 2021 BET Hip-Hop Awards. In the interview with VIBE Magazine, Nelly talked about his most memorable career moments where he mentioned Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent:
Interviewer: You have been in the industry for a while now doing your thing. Looking back, what have been some of your favorite or most memorable career moments?
Nelly: My favorite career moment is just me getting in. Because you had to understand, again, I am from St. Louis. You know, from the Midwest, from Missouri. Nobody co-signed me. If you look at the majority, a lot of these people who have been successful on some level, they got co-signs. I love Eminem, but I did not have Dr. Dre. I love 50 Cent, but I did not have Eminem and Dr. Dre. I love Snoop, but I did not have Dr. Dre. I love Biggie but I did not have a Diddy. I love 2Pac but I did not have a Digital Underground. Did not nobody put me on stage. Kanye… Did not nobody put no Roc-A-Fella chain around my neck while I am standing on stage. I am saying all these blood, sweat, and tears were built. You talk about getting it out of the mud. All of what I was able to achieve was built with these hands, my crew, and my city.
For the full interview, you can visit VIBE here.