New York Hip Hop legend Rakim will add to his list of achievements as he will receive the prestigious “I Am Hip Hop Icon” award this weekend during the filming of the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards show.

Rakim will be celebrated for his contribution to the Hip Hop culture during his career that spans over 25 years. The God MC will also be honored for his accomplishments as one half of the legendary rap duo, Eric B & Rakim.

As a group, Eric B & Rakim have put together an extensive body of work, which include arguable classic albums Paid in Full, Follow the Leader, Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em, and Don’t Sweat the Technique.

Previous recipients of the “I Am Hip Hop Icon” award include, Grandmaster Flash (2006), KRS-One (2007), Russell Simmons (2008), Ice Cube (2009), Salt N Pepa (2010), and LL Cool J (2011).

Filming of the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards takes place this Saturday, September 29th at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, and will air Tuesday, October 9th at 8 p.m.