Tupac’s Name Written Into The History Books
One year ago, on the 7th April 2017, Tupac Shakur became the first solo Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 21 years after his death, his legacy lives on with the induction into one of music’s highest accolades.
The ceremony, which recognizes the work and influence of musical artists, was the 32nd of its kind and held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Fellow rapper and friend Snoop Dogg accepted the honors on Tupac’s behalf. Alongside Snoop Dogg, there were performances and dedications by Alicia Keys, YG, T.I. and Naughty By Nature’s Treach, who was also a very close friend to Tupac.
On the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website, it described Tupac as an international symbol of resistance and outlaw spirit, an irresistible contradiction, a definitive rap anti-hero. Alongside Tupac, other inductees of the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame were Pearl Jam, Nile Rogers, Yes, Elo, Joan Baez and Journey.
Snoop Dogg opened Tupac’s induction by making a very emotional and heartfelt speech about his friend “I can’t believe it’s been twenty-one years since we actually got to hear Tupac, not the one clip on YouTube, not the hologram, Tupac Amaru Shakur the human being. Twenty-one years ago, Tupac Shakur was taken from all of us. He was only 25 years old, too. Dare me to say that he was gone too soon.”
He went on to say “Pac’s a part of history for a reason because he made history. He’s hip hop history. He’s American history”
After talking about his memories of Tupac, he sums it up perfectly by saying “You will always be the best, You will live on forever. Legends always do. They can’t take this away from you, homie. I love you, Tupac. Welcome to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.”
Watch Snoop Dogg’s emotional speech below