The lyricist, whose rhyme style has influenced an entire generation of hip-hop artists, will be celebrated for his contribution to the culture. His feat as one half of the legendary duo, Eric B & Rakim, has produced some of the genre’s most recognized body of work, including Paid in Full, Follow the Leader, Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em, and Don’t Sweat the Technique.
Previous recipients of the award include Grandmaster Flash, KRS-One, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube, Salt N Pepa and LL Cool J.
While the taping of the award show will take place on this Saturday, the actual airing of the show will be on October 9 at 8 p.m. Expect to see performances by Rick Ross, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa and more. —Jaeki Cho (@JaekiCho)