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Snoop Dogg Salutes Young Rappers in 'I Am Hip Hop' Award Acceptance Speech at 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards

At Tuesday night's 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards (Oct. 4) in Atlanta, Snoop Dogg accepted the "I Am Hip Hop" Award with a speech that saluted both his supporters and today's rappers. 

"This is real sentimental right now for me to see my peers and all of my people in hip-hop give me the respect that I didn't strive for," Snoop said on-stage after being presented with the trophy by fellow California native Kendrick Lamar. "I just strived to make music and make people feel good and get off my expression."

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The so-called "Uncle Snoop" also also offered words of advice to young MCs. "I also want to say to all the young rappers that's in the game right now, a lot of people don't understand y'all and y'all misunderstood," he said. "They didn't understand me in the beginning either so you gotta keep pushing, stay who you are, be original, be diverse." 

Snoop continued, "As a young MC, as a young artist, you gotta always be who you are because at the end of the day, you gotta live with who you are."