Late rapper Tupac Shakur and 1960s protest singer Joan Baez were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday on a night where nostalgia was mixed with calls to political action. Tupac Shakur died in 1996, and is considered one of the most influential rappers ever.
He spoke about how he recruited Shakur to join the Death Row Records label in 1995 alongside him, Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, giving Shakur his first "team" after years of pursuing and achieving success on his own. "I never told this story", he said.
Notorious B.I.G., Tupac TV series filming in L.A. The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with 2Pac entering the Hall alongside music legends like Pearl Jam, Nile Rodgers, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.
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"He saw more potential in me than I saw in myself", Snoop said. Then I was like, you know what, fuck it. Before the show, Snoop caught up with Rolling Stone to talk about Tupac's continuing influence on hip-hop and the significance of letting rappers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Snoop said they bonded at the party during a smoke session, which proved to be a significant moment in the "Gin and Juice" artist's life. I passed cuz my joint. And if there hadn't been one around at the smoke sesh where Snoop and Tupac were introduced to each other, the two rap icons might have remained rivals instead of becoming friends. I was a zig-zag man before that shit.
What followed was a frankly incredible tribute to the man: first Alicia Keys played a medley of songs, "I Get Around", "I Ain't Mad At Ya", "Dear Mama" and "Changes". And to be able to meet somebody that gets down and does [things] the way you do it, that's fly. Inductees will eventually be enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame museum in Cleveland.