Late American rapper, Tupac Shakur, is to be inducted in the ‘Rock and Roll’ Hall of Fame on April 7, making him the sixth rap act to be voted into the Hall of Fame in its 30-year history.
Shakur’s recording career lasted just five years before he was murdered in 1996, yet his celebration goes on due to his influence even after death.
The Hall of Fame described Tupac as:
“An international symbol of resistance and outlaw spirit, an irresistible contradiction, and a definitive rap anti-hero.”
Tupac, who happens to be a Harlem-born son of two Black Panther activists, who spent time in jail for assault, released just four albums before being killed at age 25 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas that has never been resolved.
He sold 75 million albums, mostly from seven posthumous releases.
According to Todd Boyd, professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. (Reuters/NAN);
“For anyone who is serious about learning about hip hop, there are certain people whose music you have to deal with and Tupac is one of those people. You can’t say you are knowledgeable about hip hop if you don’t know about Tupac.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun