Tupac Shakur’s election into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is well deserved. Although five rap acts have been inducted before but I personally feel Tupac deserves it more than any other rapper.
As expected a few people did have a problem with it and did not hesitate in expressing their views. NWA member Ice Cube responded by saying that “Rock’n’roll is a spirit … It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock’n’roll, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop.” However, the Hip-Hop community feels that Tupac’s election was more worthy than NWA’s. A few people did feel similar to Ice Cube and Chuck D from Public Enemy was one of them. He personally felt that LL Cool J should have been inducted before Tupac. Well, I guess that is a topic for another day.
His influence over the genre and his worldwide popularity are practically unmatched. Even two decades later, after his murder He still has the most passionate following in hip-hop. Before Black Lives Matter, Tupac called out racism and police injustice on songs such as 1991’s Trapped about predatory cops. He is still so sought after because the social messages in his music continue to resonate.
This induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes him the first solo hip-hop artist voted into it. He will be inducted in 2017 alongside other superstars such as Journey, Pearl Jam, Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Joan Baez and Nile Rodgers. Tupac has made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame within the first year of his eligibility, can it possibly get more impressive than this? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is on 7th April and it seems like it will be quite the spectacle.