After more than two decades in the rap game, Snoop Dogg was honored with the “I Am Hip Hop Award” at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. The news first broke when the event happened back in September, but we now got to hear his speech as the program aired tonight (October 4).

The Doggfather was introduced by Kendrick Lamar, who praised the Long Beach rapper for his impact and led the crowd in reciting the lyrics to “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang.”

Once onstage, Uncle Snoop says he never set out to win any awards when he first picked up a mic, but is thankful for Hip Hop giving him a place for self-expression. He also shares some words of wisdom for the next generation who might feel misunderstood.

Check out Snoop Dogg’s acceptance speech above and his highlight reel with words from YG, Pharrell and more, as well as Kendrick Lamar’s introduction below.