Rap pioneers Jermaine Dupri, Master P and the 2LIVE CREW will be saluted at the 2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors for bringing the sounds of the South to the mainstream music industry.
Organized Noise, J-Prince and Luther 'Luke' Campbell will also receive recognition for helping to shape the sound of hip-hop from the Southern states of America.
Campbell admits he is pleased the rap industry's "outcasts" are being awarded the prize, but he insists he wouldn't be celebrating if it wasn't for his fans' tireless campaigning to have his work acknowledged by the ceremony's organisers.
He says, "I am happy for my fans. They have sent the people that run the VH1 Hip Hop Honors show emails for years now, asking why a person that started his own record label... can't get honoured, so I am happy for them.
"We are the outcasts. On that day, the outcasts will get their five minutes... My fans are the only reason I am doing this."
Campbell founded his label Luke Skyywalker Records in 1985, while J-Prince's Rap-A-Lot, Dupri's So So Def Records and Master P's No Limit Records also helped to nurture local talent from the South when they launched in the mid-1980s and early 1990s.
The VH1 Hip Hop Honours: The Dirty South will take place at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on 7 June (10).