Paying Tribute to the Rap God
Tupac Shakur was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week. Beforehand, the question on everyone’s mind was… “who would perform his tribute”?
Although ‘Pac isn’t the first rapper ever to receive the prestigious honor posthumously, he is the first rap/hip hop solo artist to ever be inducted. Hailed by many as one of the best of all time, speculations about who would perform in his place have been flying around since it was announced last year. Lucky for us, we’ve got the video from the event (which will air on April 29th), and it’s the kind of “gangsta party” that would have made the late ‘Pac proud.
Prior to Tupac Shakur’s tragic murder in 1996, he had four platinum albums and world-wide recognition as one of the best of all time. In the aftermath of his death, his music went on to influence everyone from Nas to Lil Yachty.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame began extending their welcome to include hip hop artists almost a decade ago. Since then, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Beastie Boys, N.W.A., Run DMC, and Public Enemy have been inducted. Tupac is the first one to go it alone…
How’d they do it?
The Rock and Roll HOF producers tapped east-coast (odd choice) R&B singer, Alicia Keys to kick off the performance with a heart-felt medly of “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” and “Ambitionz As a Ridah.”
Then, she was joined by some of ‘Pac’s best friends…
Read on to find out who showed up!