In a statement about the long overdue honor, Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said “Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, activist, poet, and revolutionary.” “This iconic artist has continued to be part of the zeitgeist for decades after his passing and will continue to be an important cultural figure for many years to come. Surely, as one of L.A.’s own, Tupac’s star will be added to the list of most visited stars.”
Though born in New York City, because Shakur spent the lion’s share of his life in California, where he is considered to be a West Coast icon and an inspiration to such artists as Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, J. Cole, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and countless others.
During his early music career, Shakur was known as MC New York before taking on the moniker 2Pac while working with rap group Digital Underground.
As a solo artist, Shakur released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991 via Interscope Records. Before being murdered at the age of 25, he recorded three additional LPs all of which charted on the Billboard 200, with All Eyez on Me and Me Against the World topping the chart. Following his premature passing, six posthumous studio full lengths were released through Amaru Entertainment, started by Shakur’s mother, and Interscope Records.
Both All Eyez on Me and Shakur’s greatest-hits collection are RIAA-certified diamond, surpassing the 10-million mark. In 2017, the rap icon was the first solo hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and as an actor, Shakur starred in films including Juice, Poetic Justice, Above The Rim, Gridlock’d and Gang Related.
The Walk of Fame star unveiling will be hosted by L.A. radio host Big Boy and guest speakers will include director Allen Hughes (Hulu documentary series Dear Mama), writer Jamal Joseph and Tupac’s sister Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, who will accept the star.
The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. PT and will stream live here.