2Pac Will be In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
The late West Coast artist joins a powerhouse list of speakers, including Niles Rogers, Joan Baez, and Pearl Jam.
Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, was announced today (20 December) to be one of the chosen for the 2017 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The afternoon and still influential rapper/actor will be officially inducted April 7, at the Barclays Center in New York, joining other legends of the music as the Way, Niles Rogers, Pearl Jam, and Joan Baez, among others.
2Pac was nominated for the prestigious honor this past October and is the sixth Hip-Hop artist who goes by the name of induction. For artists to be considered for induction, you should move to the vote after a career of 25 years. By this measure, it acts like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul could see the induction. Until now, N. W. a, the Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC and Public Enemy have been introduced.
Chuck D, had previously questioned 2Pac's appointment, saying that LL Cool J should have been considered before the West Coast legend. But to hear the news of Tupac's official inclusion in the Class of 2017, the Public Enemy rapper had nothing but praise for 'Pac.
Do not stop salutes to the PAC in RRHOF we have another one in the #hiphop #rap
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) December 20, 2016
2Pac's illustrious career began as a soloist in 1991 with his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. He went on to release three more LPs before his death in September of 1996. The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory was published posthumously two months later under the name of Makaveli.
Tupac also made a name for himself as a poet and actor, starring in Poetic Justice alongside Janet Jackson, playing the infamous Birdie in Above the Rim, as well as the Bishop of Juice withOmar Epps.