Snoop Dogg did the honors of inducting Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame last night.
Pac is the first solo rapper to be enshrined, following the rap acts the Furious Five (2007), Run DMC (2009), Beastie Boys (2012), Public Enemy (2013) and N.W.A. (2016).
In Snoop’s speech (below), he spoke on Pac’s influence on the world, the game, and himself.
Afterwards, Pac’s star studded musical tribute included a medley of ‘I Ain’t Mad at Cha’ and ‘Ambitionz As a Ridah’ by Alicia Keys; Snoop and YG doing ‘Gangsta Party’; and T.I. on ‘Keep Ya Head Up.’
Tip’s Tupac inspired outfit was … interesting.
Check some of Snoop’s speech. (Here’s a full transcript.)
While many remember him now as some kind of thugged out superhero, Tupac really was only good and he represented through his music like no one before. It’s the fact that he never shied away from it. He wore it like a badge of honor. With an unapologetic voice, Pac embraced those contradictions that proved we ain’t just a character out of someone else’s story book. To be human is to be many things at once. Strong and bold. Hard headed and intellectual. Courageous and afraid. Loving and vengeful. Revolutionary and – oh, yeah I’m getting fucked up.
So, while we may be here to celebrate one of music’s most prolific and outspoken artists as he’s rightfully enshrined as one of the greatest musicians to ever do it, I’m here to make sure that Pac is remembered the way he would have wanted to be: a strong black man who stood up. Not somebody who acted like a rapper, but as a human. That’s what made Tupac an amazing actor on the big screen in movies like, “Above the Rim” and “Juice.” That’s what made him so engaged with everything he ever did. Both before and after his death. That’s what made Tupac the greatest rapper of all time …
I realized that Pac was taught how to love at a very early age and through his music he shared the love with all of us and that’s ultimately why we’re here tonight. Pac’s apart of history for a reason because he made history. He’s hip hop history. He’s American history and just like in school the more research you do on history the more information that you have. So do your research. I’m not talking about Pac the rapper, I’m not talking about Tupac the actor, I’m talking about Tupac the human being. So with that said, we’d all like to officially welcome Tupac Shakur to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Salute to Pac!