This year’s annual BET Hip-Hop Awards ceremony in Atlanta was a celebration of old and new trendsetters in the industry. The night began with a tribute to pioneering artist MC Lyte, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Award” during Saturday’s taped show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. 

“Please keep the dream alive, I am with you,” MC Lyte told the crowd.

And one person who’s definitely keeping hip-hop alive right now is Kendrick Lamar, who wowed spectators with a four-minute freestyle.

The show airs on October 15th. Stay tuned for video from this year’s awards ceremony.

(h/t CBS News)