Last night, hip-hop also represented in D.C. for President Obama’s inaugural weekend. Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Ball honored a number of artists for their efforts in giving back to the community and other career achievements. Sponsored by Heineken, the event hosted veterans like MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh, who were both given lifetime achievement awards, while rap’s current stars such as 2 Chainz and Meek Mill were also honored. Mr. “I’m Different” received a street soldier award for encouraging young voters as a spokesperson for the Hip-Hop Caucus’ “Respect My Vote!” campaign. MMG’s own was recognized with a Community Activist award. Miss Info was also in the building and snapped a photo of the legendary Obama cake presented during the ball. From the Dipset Bakery?

“I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in people’s homes … through our music and through our culture,” the R&B crooner said Sunday night at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball,” said John Legend. (via AP)

“Doing my thing on the charts is one thing, but to be getting honored on another avenue, it just feels like a blessing,” he said in an interview. “I’m keeping my head leveled and staying humble.”

Check out photos from the red carpet and performances from the weekend after the jump…


The Obama x Dipset cake (via Miss Info)

Common and John Legend at The Generation Now Party Jeezy performs at The Fillmore 2 Chainz at The Echo Stage