Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards. 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 LL Cool J, 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 Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, 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. —Anslem Samuel
Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.
“I Am Hip-Hop Icon” honoree LL Cool J autographs his Game Changer essay.
Kanye West protégé and G.O.O.D. Music signee Big Sean takes a journey through time.
Actor/R&B star Tyrese leaves his mark in the hip-hop history book.
Miami rapper Rick Ross remembers the time.
Rick Ross protégée and Maybach Music Group artist Meek Mill signs the book.
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy makes his mark in the culture book.
Actor Malcolm Jamal Warner, who stars in the new BET scripted series, Reed Between the Lines, reminisces on hip-hop’s early days.
Brooklyn MC Maino gets familiar with the new coffee table book.
Atlanta producer Drumma Boy gets entranced by the book’s depth.
Miami’s DJ Khaled reads the best of the culture.
Hip-hop legend Busta Rhymes adds his name to the list of signees.
Shady Records signee Yelawolf analyzes the culture.
NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire time travels back to the 80s.
Florida rapper Ace Hood is captivated by the detail.
To purchase your copy of Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey click here and every 10 books sold will result in a copy being donated to a HBCU library.