Celebrating 50 years of hip-hop culture, Snoop Dogg presented his long-time friend and collaborator Dr. Dre with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) first-ever Hip-Hop Icon Award.
“Dre, you are my brother, it’s an honor to know you, to work with you, to hang out with you and to present you with this very first ASCAP Hip-Hop Icon award. Dr. Dre, come get this s–t, dawg!” said Snoop on the stage.
“I feel so fortunate to have been a part of the movement where disenfranchised Black youth had a hand in revolutionizing our culture. We were young Black people watching the impact of drugs, violence, police brutality and an unfair justice system wreak havoc on our communities. But hip-hop gave an outlet for a creative young man like myself who didn’t excel in school or athletics but had gifts the same and allowed us to be seen and heard beyond the concrete walls of our neighborhood.” said Dre while accepting the award.
“Dr. Dre’s groundbreaking early work laid a foundation for hip-hop as we know it today. As a champion for some of today’s biggest artists and a successful entrepreneur, he changed the culture around hip-hop. Dre continues to be a pivotal figure in the music industry and we are thrilled to recognize him with the inaugural ASCAP Hip-Hop Icon Award as we mark 50 years of hip-hop.” – ASCAP board chairman and President Paul Williams said in a statement before ASCAP’s Rhythm & Soul Music Awards Celebration of 50 Years of Hip-Hop at London West Hollywood.
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