Ludacris, center was honored by the ATL Live in the Park co-creators Marlon Nichols, left, and Shanti Das, right. Event host Ed Lover is in the red (Photos by Terry Shropshire for Atlanta Daily World and Real Times Media).

Ludacris, center was honored by the ATL Live in the Park co-creators Marlon Nichols, left, and Shanti Das, right. Event host Ed Lover is in red (Photos by Terry Shropshire for Atlanta Daily World and Real Times Media).

ATLANTA — Despite being posted up strong during a dizzying, dazzling cornucopia of events during the Luda Day Weekend over the Labor Day holiday, rap mogul Ludacris still had enough in the tank to be front and center — the very next night — for the August 2016 edition of “ATL Live on the Park” to support his industry friend Shanti Das and to be bestowed a blessing of his own.

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The prolific philanthropist-actor-rapper and star in the extremely fruitful “Fast & Furious” franchise was bequeathed the “Hip Hop Pro Icon Award” for being as much a humanitarian as as he is a musical icon and Grammy-winning lyrical lion whose booming baritone is instantly recognizable on radios worldwide — not to mention in movies and television shows.

His appearance on stage represented one of the climactic moments of the “Hip Hop Soul” edition that also included awards being given by Das and partner Marlon Nichols to the following industry stars:

  • Cannon Kent of Atlantic Records
  • Phillana Williams
  • Josh “Jay 1” Raiford
  • Jay Carter of One Music Fest

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    Phillana Williams flosses her award before a phalanx of photographers.

The night also included performances by No Limit’s Silkk the Shocker and Solo. The proceeding was hosted by rap pioneer and former host of the legendary MTV-based “Yo MTV Raps!”, Ed Lover. He was later joined onstage by 90’s icon Chubb Rock of “Treat Em Right” fame.

Check out the photographic highlights from the August 2016 edition of “ATL Live on the Park.”

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