Tupac Honoured With “Hollywood Walk Of Fame”
Tupac Shakur’s loved ones and relatives united to pay tribute to him with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Recall that the Guardian had previously reported that the late American rapper had a street named after him in Oakland, after a unanimous vote. Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, the rapper’s sister, graciously accepted the award, while Big Boy, a renowned radio personality, served as the event’s emcee.
Big Boy commenced the ceremony by acknowledging Tupac’s remarkable ability to blend art and activism. “He transcended the boundaries between art and activism,” Big Boy proclaimed. “Despite his brief career of only five years, Tupac Shakur remains one of the most multifaceted and prolific artists of his generation, having sold over 75,000 records worldwide.”
Overwhelmed with emotion, Tupac’s sister took the podium and delivered her speech through tearful eyes. “From the moment he graced the stage of the Apollo Theater at the tender age of 13, long before his name gained recognition, he harboured the dream of having a star here on the illustrious Walk of Fame,” she expressed. “Today, we are not merely honouring a star imprinted on the ground; we are honouring the dedication and fervour he poured into manifesting his dreams.
His celestial star will radiate even brighter today. Once again, he has filled us all with immense pride. We love you, Tupac,” Shakur concluded. This addition marks the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s 2,758th star, specifically designated under the recording category, according to the organizers. Continuing the ceremony, Big Boy proceeded to enumerate Tupac’s remarkable achievements in music and film.
He highlighted two recent museum exhibits dedicated to the influential icon: “All Eyez on Me” at the Grammy Museum from 2015 to 2016, and “Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free” at L.A. Live in 2022.
Distinguished guest speakers, including Allen Hughes and Jamal Joseph, director, and executive producer of the FX docuseries “Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur,” released in April, also took the stage to share their thoughts on Tupac’s legacy and his profound relationship with his mother, Afeni Shakur.
“It is incredibly fitting, in the year marking the 50th anniversary of hip hop, that the art form’s most transcendent star is finally being enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” remarked Hughes upon assuming the podium. “Tupac Amaru Shakur has become a global symbol of rebellion, as influential and visible as Malcolm X and Che Guevara, serving as an inspiration to present-day activists.”
Hughes further remarked, “Indeed, Tupac’s message resonates with the entire world. Not bad for a young Black boy from Harlem, right?” The ceremony commenced on June 7 at 10:30 a.m. local time on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Tupac Shakur, a rapper, actor, activist, and poet, met a tragic end in September 1996 when he fell victim to a drive-by shooting.
Ana Martinez, the Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, stated in a news release, “This iconic artist has remained ingrained in the cultural consciousness for decades after his passing and will continue to be a significant cultural figure for many years to come. Undoubtedly, as a native of Los Angeles, Tupac’s star will be among the most visited.”
Although the rapper’s career spanned just five years, he achieved remarkable success, selling over 75 million records worldwide. His 1996 album, “All Eyez on Me,” achieved diamond certification and featured popular hits such as “How Do U Want It,” “California Love (Remix),” and “I Ain’t Mad at Cha.”