As only the sixth hip-hop artist to join the hall of fame, Tupac Shakur also builds on the hall’s modest representation of rap music. Like the induction of N.W.A earlier this year, the honoring of Shakur — still revered as one of hip-hop’s fiercest and most gifted lyricists — could give the show’s broadcast a moment of excitement, although it is unclear who would accept the award for him. Shakur was killed in 1996, and his mother, the activist Afeni Shakur, died in May. NYTimes
Tupac’s first album 2Pacalypse Now was released in November 1991, making this his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
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