Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Snoop Dogg Talks Tupac's Historic Rock Hall of Fame Induction

To be human is to be many things at once. His longtime friend and collaborator, Snoop Dogg, introed the late rapper during Friday's ceremony.

Only the sixth rapper in history to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Tupac now joins the likes of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Run-D.M.C.

"I'm here to make sure Tupac is remembered the way he ought to be: A strong black man who stood for his".

He said to laughs from the audience: "That's right - Tupac got Snoop Dogg smoking blunts". Also starring in a string of hit movies, the young outspoken rapper would become a hero to many hip-hop fans throughout the decade and his stature and legend grew even larger after his murder in 1996 at the age of 25. "I never told this story", he said.

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Other artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn included Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Journey, Yes, ELO and Nile Rodgers of Chic, who was inducted by Pharrell.

"I can't believe it's been 21 years since we got to hear Tupac.the human being", proclaimed Snoop. Before the show, Snoop caught up with Rolling Stone to talk about Tupac's continuing influence on hip-hop and the significance of letting rappers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The "Gin & Juice" artist recalled the first time he met 2Pac at a wrap party in LA in 1993. "Snoop Dogg and Tupac parasailed with Suge Knight driving the boat!" he marveled. "And on that night, Pac passed me my first blunt".

Alicia Keys took to the stage, performing a medley of Pac hits, including "Ambitionz Az a Ridah", "I Ain't Mad at Cha", and "Dear Mama". The Hall of Fame has come a long way and we appreciate them for appreciating us for what we do.

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