Each year some of the cultureâ€™s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Â This yearâ€™s gathering was no different as a whoâ€™s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the â€œI Am Hip-Hop Iconâ€ award.
As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art formâ€™s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. â€”Anslem Samuel
Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.