April 7, 2017 marked the day Tupac Shakur was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The event was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Tupac would become the first solo artist in Hip Hop to be inducted in the Hall. Selling over 75 million records worldwide, with All Eyez On Me and his Greatest Hits collection both surpassing the ten million sales mark.
Inducted by former label mate, Snoop Dogg, the evening also saw many tribute performances. Alicia Keys, Treach Of Naughty By Nature and T.I hit the stage performing Tupac classics. Alicia Keys performed I Get Around, I Ain’t Mad At Cha, Dear Mama and Changes. Adding her own twist and piano keys to the classics.
T.I who appeared on Pac’s Life featuring Ashanti in 2007, performed Keep Ya Head Up. T.I dressed up in Tupac’s infamous outfit which he wore for The New York Times Magazine.
Although there was many discussion as to who should induct Tupac, Snoop went on to deliver a heartfelt speech. “I mean the shit he was saying to me in that moment was different though. He seen me as an actor. He saw more potential in me than I saw in myself. And it’s funny because after he passed away, I started getting a lot of movie roles, and I always felt that ‘Pac was looking out for his nigga—even after he was gone. See, that’s the thing with ‘Pac: when he loves, he loves hard. Whether that was him loving Black people, him loving his homies. Him loving his record label, and of course, him loving his beautiful and incredibly strong mother, the late Afeni Shakur,” said Snoop to a sold out crowd at the Barclays Center.