West Coast Hip-Hop pioneer and a global influence on rap music Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, will be honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As confirmed by the Los Angeles Times, the legendary rapper will be conferred the prestigious honour by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Reportedly, it’ll be received by Shakur’s sister Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur during a Los Angeles ceremony on June 7 hosted by the iHeart Media Radio Personality Big Boy. Tupac will be the 2,758th honoree and his sister will receive the honour just a week shy of his 52nd birthday.
Rap filmmaker Allen Hughes – who recently led the direction of the five-part documentary series “Dear Mama” on Tupac Shakur and his mother Afeni Shakur – and Jamal Joseph are slated to join Sekyiwa during the ceremony.
Tupac Shakur, oftentimes referred to as ‘2Pac’ or ‘Makavelli’, was a New York-born revolutionary emcee, activist and poet. Recognised for his hard-hitting rap music concerning police brutality and racism in the U.S. in the 90s, Shakur continues to be one of the most influential figures in rap who have defied “the distinction between art and activism,” decades after his death.
“Though his career lasted just five years, Tupac Shakur remains one of the most complex and prolific artists of his generation with over 75 million records sold worldwide. He is one of hip-hop’s most iconic figures, his body of work constantly reminds us of why he is a legacy that continues to be examined and appreciated for generations,” the organisation further noted.
In 2017, Shakur was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame making him the first Hip-Hop artist recognized for that inclusion. Shakur’s music has inspired a generation of rap artists even to this day and in 2015, the Grammy Museum opened Tupac’s first museum exhibit, All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur.
The legendary emcee debuted in the West Coast rap scene in 1991 with his debut album, “2Pacalypse Now.” Notably, Shakur released his influential rap records, at times even provocative and controversial, amidst increasingly turbulent times in the U.S. with flagrant racism and an incendiary emergence of rap music as resistance.
Some of the most influential rap records by ‘Makaveli’ include “Hit ‘Em Up,” “California Love”, “Keep Ya Head Up”, “Hail Mary”, “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” and “All Eyez on Me”.
He was just 25 at the time. Rest in Peace to the greatest to ever do it.
Listen to Tupac’s affecting ‘Greatest Hits’ Collection here via Spotify.