This past Friday, legendary artist Tupac Shakur was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a honor handled by none other than friend and Death Row collaborator Snoop Dogg. During his heartfelt speech, Snoop spoke on making music with the late West Coast icon, even revealing a Pac post-jail story involving Dr. Dre and the currently-incarcerated Suge Knight:
I told Suge Knight, I said, ‘Suge get Pac out of prison and have him come join our team at Death Row Records… He never had a team before. It was always just him. Now, with us it was like he joined the Lakers. Dre was the coach and me and Pac were the stars on the court making history every which side. We were young, rich, and rock stars but we were also young men black men with targets on our back. We were catching cases simultaneously. That’s why when we got together we really were two of America’s most wanted. He had just gotten out of jail. I had just beat my case. I get a white Rolls Royce with that creamy white interior and Pac, he went out and bought a black one with the same thing.
Snoop also recognized Tupac’s character and leader for social change, speaking of his former labelmate as “courageous” and “revolutionary”…homage was paid to Pac’s mother Afeni Shakur (who tragically passed away last year) as well:
Memories of Ms. Shakur are embedded in my mind… Right after I heard Tupac got shot I immediately flew to Vegas. I was so weak I damn near fell over and his mom came over to me and she grabbed me and she held up and she said, ‘Baby, you to to be strong.’ I went and sat next to him and I whispered to him telling him I love him and to hold on and he was going to be OK and even in that moment his mom was thinking more about me than herself and showed me how to love strongly. I mean it was amazing that his momma was so strong and loved so hard.
Snoop wasn’t alone in his tribute, either: YG, T.I., Treach and Alicia Keys performed some of Pac’s most notable cuts. Check out some recap clips from the big moment below.