Nas and Lil Wayne have officially been inducted into Billboardâ€˜s newfound Hip Hop Hall of Fame. The two reflected on the honor during the publicationâ€™s 2023 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Additionally, Ice Spice accepted an award for the 2023 R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Year at the event.
Billboardâ€˜s Executive Director of R&B/Hip Hop, Gail Mitchell, introduced Lil Wayne to the stage for the Hall of Fame honor. Once Weezy got to the mic, he told the audience: â€œYou already know I gotta give thanks to the man up above. Also, those that we lost, those that we wish were here, we thank you as wellâ€¦ And to my fans, I think I worded it the best way when I said I ainâ€™t shit without you. This is for yâ€™all, yâ€™all as in my fans, those in the crowd, my supporters, those that work for me, those that work with me, those that work around me, those that work like me. This is for us.â€ Before getting off state, he teased working on new music.
Nas & Lil Wayne At Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Live
As for Nasâ€™ induction, he reflected on his career, explaining that he never got into hip-hop for the recognition. â€œI didnâ€™t get into it for awards; we got into it because we love the artform,â€ he said. â€œ50 years of Hip Hop and we have a concert at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. 50 years of Hip Hop saluting some of the pioneers who inspired meâ€¦since DJ Mr. Magic started rap radio, since Marley Mall and Red Alert made us record mixtapes of our own when this shit was underground.â€
Nas & Lil Wayne Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Nas continued: â€œFrom seeing it from back then, Iâ€™m just so honored to still be alive to see it be 50 years as a fan. So I want to thank you all for getting awards at 49, not when I was 29. But I appreciate you. I ainâ€™t gonna lie, I stayed away from award shows back then, I thought that shit was the devil â€¦ But it ainâ€™t. You make it what it is.â€ As for Ice Spiceâ€™s award, she kept things brief on stage. She gushed: â€œAhh, this is cr*zy! This is like my first award ever in life, so Iâ€™m super proud.â€