Tupac “2Pac” Shakur was announced on Tuesday (December 20) as an inductee into the 2017 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The late rapper was nominated for this prominent honor this past October and is the sixth Hip-Hop artist and the first solo act to be named for this honor. Tupac joins Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and N.W.A as the hip-hop ambassadors. The rapper was a trail blazer who wrote lyrics that sparked conversations about rap, race relations, and young black men in America today.
For the second year in a row, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voters have passed on Janet Jackson, despite a strong social media push from her fans. Tupac and Janet both played leading roles in the 1993 John Singleton film, Poetic Justice.
Tupac will be officially inducted April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, joining other music legends such as Journey, Niles Rogers, Pearl Jam, and Joan Baez. For artists to be considered for induction, they must pass a vote after a career of 25 years. The late artist’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now was released in November 1991.
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