Atlanta - Scarface was a man of few words after accepting his 'I Am Hip-Hop' award, directing the attention away from himself and toward the many that have supported the veteran rapper.
Rapper Ludacris introduced Scarface, calling him one of "hip-hop's best storytellers" at the taped 10th annual BET Hip-Hop Awards on Friday night. The Houston-based Scarface said he learned from the best in rap and felt honoured to receive the award before a packed audience at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
"It's definitely an honour," Scarface said before the show. "I've learned from the best. I've had the best teachers in the game."
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With Ludacris standing behind him on stage, Scarface kept his speech brief: "I'm not expletive without y'all," he said while raising the award in the air before walking off. He was given the award for his musical achievements.
Scarface initially gained fame in the late 1980s with the group Geto Boys through the song Mind Playing Tricks on Me. One of the few Houston acts to win acclaim outside Texas before 2000, he became a respected influencer in hip-hop with his gritty lyrics and street wisdom.
"He helped build a culture," Rick Ross said of Scarface. "I look up to him. I learned a lot from him."
With 12 solo albums released, Scarface is known for songs such as Smile, My Block and I Seen a Man Die. He has collaborated with some of rap's greatest from 2 Pac to Jay Z.
"He's in my top five rappers of all time," veteran rapper E-40 said. "He was one of the best. We go way back since 1992. He deserves it. He along with the Geto Boys made a movement like no other."
But soon after being honoured, the rapper was arrested at the award show, for not paying child support.
According to to TMZ, Brad Jordan aka Scarface has an outstanding warrant against him for unpaid child support. He was taken to Fulton County Jail. He was still there as of Sunday morning, according to the jail.
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