As a businessperson he has established several successful enterprises.As an activist he has set an example of the power of hip-hop and celebrity to address social ills. Davis in Barbados, Fresh made his professional recording debut in 1983 on the single "Pass the Budda," with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey.
The most applause came after a recorded freestyle featuring Kanye West, Common, Big Sean and Pusha T.
Many of the other awards will be announced at a later date.
Rapper Drake received the most nominations with eight.
Jay Z, Pharrell and Future each scored six nominations.
Fresh amazed audiences with his note-perfect imitations of drum machines, effects, and often large samples of hip-hop classics. Davis in Barbados, and his first appearance came in 1983 on a single for Spotlight called ‘Pass the Budda,’ with Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey.
His introduction to most hip-hop fans, though, came one year later with his astonishing performance in Beat Street behind the Treacherous Three.
With a picture of his mother on a large screen behind him, Doug E Fresh struggled to complete his sentence.
The rapper dubbed "The Human Beat Box" choked up and shed tears as he received the "I Am Hip-Hop Award" at the ninth BET Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday. Fresh became known for imitating drums and creating special effects using his mouth and a microphone.
It was recorded with his Get Fresh Crew, including MC Ricky D (only later to gain fame as Slick Rick), along with Barry Bee and Chill Will. , featured most of his showpieces, like ‘Play This Only at Night’ and ‘All the Way to Heaven,’ along with nods to reggae and even gospel.