Tupac Shakur joins the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary rapper will be one of the inductees at the 2017 induction ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The “Hail Mary” MC will be part of a class that includes Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey and Electric Light Orchestra. Nile Rodgers, the lead guitarist of the band Chic, is also set to receive the Award for Musical Excellence at the ceremony.
Pac was officially nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past October. Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after their first release. the late artist’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now was released in November 1991.
The charismatic rapper is the sixth hip-hop act to ever be inducted. Makaveli joins Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and N.W.A as the hip-hop representatives in the Hall.
2Pac will also be the first solo hip-hop artist to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This fact won’t sit well with fellow Hall of Famer Chuck D, who previously said that no solo act should get in before LL Cool J.
“Got forever love for PAC BUT there AIN’T a solo rap act that should get in the RRHOF before LL Cool J,” the Public Enemy frontman said via social media. “I don’t care about what naysayers think.”
LL Cool J has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the past, but never got past that stage. Despite the exclusion, LL still helped induct the Beastie Boys at the Hall of Fame ceremony in 2012.