Tupac Shakur

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Complex. Personal. Fearless. Tupac is authentic and larger than life.

The definitive hip-hop anti-hero, Tupac wrote lyrics that spark conversations about rap, race relations, and young black men in America today.



Hall of Fame Essay


Alan Light

Tupac was a lightning rod, a screen onto which millions of people projected their feelings about rap, about race, and about the young black man in America. He may be a legend, but he’s hardly a hero. Many young listeners looked up to him, but he himself often seemed to be searching for a leader.

Though his recording career lasted just five years, Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971–1996) is one of the most popular artists in history, with over seventy-five million records sold worldwide.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2017
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Snoop Dogg Inducts Tupac Shakur into the Rock Hall
Pac is a part of history for a reason because he made history.
Snoop Dogg

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