Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the <strong><a href="http://www.bet.com/shows/hip-hop-awards/2011.html" target="_blank">BET Hip-Hop Awards</a></strong>. This year’s gathering was no different as a who’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 <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/10/11/ll-cool-j-decoded-greatest-brand-of-all-time/">LL Cool J</a></strong>, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon” award.
As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience <em><strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/10/04/book-review-hip-hop-a-cultural-odyssey/ ">Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey</a></strong></em>, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art form’s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. <em>—Anslem Samuel</em>
Atlanta rapper <strong>Roscoe Dash</strong> is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.
“I Am Hip-Hop Icon” honoree <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/10/11/ll-cool-j-decoded-greatest-brand-of-all-time/">LL Cool J</a></strong> autographs his Game Changer essay.
<b>Kanye West</b> protégé and G.O.O.D. Music signee <b>Big Sean</b> takes a journey through time.
Actor/R&B star <b>Tyrese</b> leaves his mark in the hip-hop history book.
Miami rapper <b>Rick Ross</b> remembers the time.
DC rapper <b>Wale</b> inscribes his name between the pages of the book.
<b>Rick Ross</b> protégée and Maybach Music Group artist <b>Meek Mill</b> signs the book.
Atlanta rapper <b>Soulja Boy</b> makes his mark in the culture book.
Actor <b>Malcolm Jamal Warner</b>, who stars in the new BET scripted series, <em>Reed Between the Lines</em>, reminisces on hip-hop’s early days.
Brooklyn MC <b>Maino</b> gets familiar with the new coffee table book.
Atlanta producer <b>Drumma Boy</b> gets entranced by the book’s depth.
Miami’s <b>DJ Khaled</b> reads the best of the culture.
Hip-hop legend <b>Busta Rhymes</b> adds his name to the list of signees.
Shady Records signee <b>Yelawolf</b> analyzes the culture.
NBA star <b>Amar’e Stoudemire</b> time travels back to the 80s.
Florida rapper <b>Ace Hood</b> is captivated by the detail.
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