It was revealed earlier today that Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is the sixth hip-hop artist to earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, and N.W.A.
This was the first year of eligibility for Tupac to be inducted. In order for an artist or a group to become eligible they must have a single or album that is at least 25 years old. The famous rapper’s first single, “Brenda’s Got a Baby” was released in late 1991.
The legendary rapper passed away on September 13, 1996, just six days after being shot multiple times. He was only 25 years old at the time of the shooting. Despite dying so young, Tupac accomplished a lot of things throughout his career, and managed to leave quite an impact on the hip-hop community. He is often cited as a major influence to other musicians, and is considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Tupac released four albums during his career. Prior to the fatal shooting that led to his death, he spent most of his time constantly recording new music. This led to the release of six more studio albums after his death. An upcoming biopic that will focus on the career of Tupac Shakur, titled “All Eyez on Me,” is set to be released on June 16 of next year.
The other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 include Yes, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Journey, and Electric Light Orchestra.
The induction ceremony will take place in Brooklyn, on April 7.