More than 26 years after he was murdered while driving along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Tupac Shakur will be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. PT at 6212 Hollywood Blvd in Hollywood.
The hip-hip icon’s sister Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur will be on hand to accept the star in the ‘recording’ category on behalf of her brother, which will be 2,758th to be dedicated on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame since the first star was laid in March 1960.
iHeart Media radio personality Big Boy will serve as emcee of the dedication, while guest speakers will include film director Allen Hughes and Columbia University Professor Jamal Joseph.
Hughes helms the new documentary Dear Mama: The Saga Of Afeni And Tupac Shakur, which follows the legacies of the hip-hip legend and his Black Panther Party activist mother, while Joseph serves as an executive producer.
While Shakur (born Lesane Parish Crooks), who was 26 at the time of his death, was best known to many of his fans during his lifetime as a rapper on four studio albums, he has since gone on to be recognized as a poet, activist and revolutionary.
Over a six year period, beginning in 1991, he dropped the albums 2Pacalypse Now (1991), Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… (1993), Me Against the World (1995), and All Eyez on Me (1996), establishing him as one of the most influential rappers, due to his aggressive style and fearlessness to tackle social and political subject matters.
At the time of his death, a fifth and final solo album was already finished, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (1996), under the stage name Makaveli. It ended up being released nearly two months after his murder, and is now widely considered among hip hop’s greatest albums ever.
Since then there have been six more posthumous Tupac Shakur releases that includes: R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (1997), Greatest Hits (1998), Until the End of Time (2001), Until the End of Time (2001), Better Dayz (2002), Loyal to the Game (2004) and Pac’s Life (2006).
According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, and his music continues to gain millions of streams every year.
During his rise to stardom as a rapper in the hip-hop genre, the New York City native branched out and had a burgeoning acting career, starring in such films as Juice (1992), Poetic Justice (1993) and Above The Rim (1994).
During the later part of his career, Shakur was shot five times in the lobby of a New York recording studio, but he would survive.
And then, on September 7, 1996 following a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, Shakur was driving with record executive Marion ‘Suge’ Knight when the driver of a Cadillac sedan pulled up next to them and a passenger began to shooting into their vehicle.
The acclaimed rapper was shot four times in the drive-by shooting, while Knight, the co-founder and now former CEO of Death Row Records, was hit with shards in the head.
Shakur was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, and eventually died from internal bleeding six days later on September 13.
An arrest and conviction in the case of Tupac Shakur’s murder has never been made.
Even though his career only lasted about seven years before his death, Shakur is widely recognized for his contribution to the arts, both for his music and lyrics and poetry, as well as for his activism.
As a result he’s had several exhibits dedicated in his honor, which most recently included the Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free exhibit that opened for a limited time in LA in 2022, as reported by NBC. It was a fully-immersive museum experience that took a deep dive into the artist’s life and legacy.
In another sign of his lasting impact on American culture, the Dear Mama docuseries, a deeply personal portrait of the rapper and the mother who helped shape his views and politics, set a new ratings high and is now the most watched unscripted series debut in cross-platform viewers across FX and Hulu.
Among the honors he has received posthumously: Shakur was inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame in 2002, and then was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017, in his first year of eligibility.
The Tupac Shakur star dedication along the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on June 7 will be streamed live exclusively at walkoffame.com.