The 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was held in Brooklyn, New York and the induction honoured some of rock’s greatest heroes but this year, the ceremony also took time to show love to one of rap’s fallen legends, Tupac Shakur.
Fellow West Coaster and one of ‘Pac’s oldest friends, Snoop Dogg did the honouray job of inducting Tupac. As reported by XXL Magazine, Snoop walked out in a red and blue Gucci scarf draped on his shoulders, hip-hop fans perked their ears. Instead of running down a laundry list of ‘Pac’s public achievements fans already know about, the 45-year-old rapper took time to humanize the larger-than-life character.
“While many remember him now as some kind of thugged out superhero, Tupac knew that he was only human,” said Snoop. “To be human is to be many things at once, strong and vulnerable, hardheaded and intellectual, courageous and afraid, revolutionary and….oh yeah, don’t get it fucked up, gangsta.”
Then Snoop delved into some of him and Pac's best memories, which of course featured smoking blunts and also about the time they went parasailing, even though they didn't know what parasailing was.
Snoop Dogg made sure to scream “thug life” when officially welcoming Tupac into the Hall. After the moving speech, Snoop took to the Barclays Center stage to perform a medley of some of ‘Pac’s biggest hits. Alicia Keys started off the medley by singing “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” and “Ambitionz As a Ridah” behind a piano, and “Changes” center stage. Snoop and YG did a duet of “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” Naughty by Nature’s Treach performed “Hail Mary” and T.I., dressed in a classic Tupac outfit, covered “Keep Ya Head Up.”