On Friday (April 7) — 21 years after his death — his legacy was further celebrated as he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
As expected, collaborator Snoop Dogg accepted the honors on ‘Pac’s behalf. He was joined by Alicia Keys, YG, Naughty By Nature’s Treach, and T.I. for a medley performance that celebrated the late icon’s prolific achievements in music.
“I can’t believe it’s been 21 years since we actually got to hear Tupac, not the one clip on YouTube, not the hologram, Tupac Amaru Shakur the human being,” said Snoop Dogg during his emotional speech. “Twenty-one years ago, Tupac Shakur was taken from all of us. He was only 25 years old, too. Dare me to say that he was gone too soon.”
Snoop Dogg commented on this before this year’s ceremony. “The Hall of Fame has come a long way and we appreciate them for appreciating us for what we do,” he said. “And hopefully there will be many more to come, because there’s a lot of greats in hip-hop that deserve to be here.”