On Wednesday, the late hip-hop musician, actor, and poet Tupac Shakur was honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
This award was given in recognition of his tireless advocacy for racial equality and his numerous contributions to the arts.
During the event, Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, picked up the star on Hollywood Boulevard. Radio host Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander was in charge of the event, and director Allen Hughes, who recently made a docuseries about Tupac’s life, was also there.
Sekyiwa said in her speech that Tupac always thought he was meant for greatness. As his younger sister, she said she was lucky to see his greatness grow.
She said that the event wasn’t just about honoring a star on the ground but also about celebrating Tupac’s hard work and desire to make his dreams come true. Sekyiwa got upset and said that Tupac’s star in heaven would shine brighter that day, which would make everyone very proud of him. She ended her speech by saying that she loved Tupac from the bottom of her heart.
Tupac Shakur, who was killed sadly at the age of 25 in 1996, had a huge effect on hip-hop and gained fans all over the world. During his five-year recording career, he sold more than 75 million songs around the world and was nominated for six Grammy Awards.
Allen Hughes, the director, talked about how important Tupac was to hip-hop music and how important it was to put the genre’s most iconic star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.
Kevin Powell, a hip-hop historian, thinks this delay in acceptance is because people don’t know enough about Tupac as a person and artist and also because of how tragically he died. Powell said that Tupac was the most important hip-hop star in the 50-year history of the genre and that he deserved a star on the Walk of Fame.
Tupac Shakur was praised for his artistic skills and for his work to help Black Americans, which he often did through his music and pictures. In May, the Oakland, California, city council paid tribute to Tupac by calling a street “Tupac Shakur Way.”