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.
Snoop Dogg Inducts and Accepts On Behalf of Tupac ShakurSnoop Dogg inducts and accepts on behalf of Tupac Shakur at the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Hall of Fame Essay
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.
Pac is a part of history for a reason because he made history.
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