The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame has inducted its class of 2017 for their musical excellence on April 7 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. English rock band, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes, American rock band, Pearl Jam and Journey, folk icon and activist Joan Baez, West Coast rap god Tupac Shakur and Nile Rogers from band Chic all were inducted into Hall of Fame ranks.
And what I found strange was that how did 2Pac make into the Hall of Fame despite a career which was as short as seven years? Because according to the Hall of Fame process, the artist or group become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.
Well, I am very happy that he has been given this recognition and also he became the first solo artist from hip hop industry to get this accolade.
Read down to know the reasons behind 2Pac's journey to Hall of Fame.
Tupac's start wasn't a good one. He was grown up by his mother, and his father left him and his mum when he was young. He fought racial discrimination as his mother was a member of Black Panther Pary in America which is a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organisation. And now, two decades after his death, Tupac has got recognition for his work.
Even after his death, there were hundreds of songs that were released which he had already recorded. He shaped a generation of rappers who came after him.
One of the great things about Tupac Amaru Shakur was that he provided social messages from his songs. He uplifted the African Americans and always demanded equality. His track 'Dear Mama' glorified his mother and every woman in the world. The song will give you goosebumps anytime you hear it.
There are many rap songs which disrespect women in some way or the other, but Tupac's 'Keep Ya Head Up' ask women to stay strong and also never back down in front of anybody.
2Pac has been called the 'God of Rap' many times, and it is not just because of his music but also his persona. He has influenced careers of many new rappers like Kendrick Lamar and The Game.
His impact on hip hop genre and people around the world is practically unmatched. Many of his fans believe that he is still alive and living in Cuba.
Tupac's songs always carried a message. He has inspired many fans and also hip hop legends. Many people who claim to be his die-hard fan were born after his death.
Even hip-hop legend Eminem who produced 2Pac's posthumous album 'Loyal to the Game' once wrote a letter to Pac's mother about his son's influence. He said, "When I was feeling at my worst (before fame, before Dr Dre), I knew I could put that Tupac tape in and, suddenly, things weren't so bad."
Now let us talk about the induction ceremony.
Snoop Dogg who had worked with Tupac during his final releases before death inducted him into 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' and also read an acceptance speech on behalf of the legend. His speech was emotional, but he was happy at the same time for his homeboy.
There were many performances on Pac's songs which were given by Snoop Dogg, Treach, Alicia Keys and also T.I.
Finally, hip-hop has got its solo recognition in Hall of Fame.
That's all, folks!