Tupac‘s legendary career will be celebrated next month with the late rapper’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pac’s former label mate and contemporary, Snoop Dogg, is also set to oversee the installation– making the honorary ceremony nothing but a gangsta party.
The former Death Row Records signees connected on wax for the 1995 hit single “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” Throughout the latter half of the 90’s, Snoop and Pac would go on to dominate the west coast music scene with their flare for fashion and lavish rhymes.
Over the weekend, the news of Tupac’s induction was reported by Rolling Stone, fresh off the heels of a speculated three-song tribute featuring an all-star lineup. However, Rolling Stone has since confirmed that a lineup has not been finalized as of yet.
Reports had surfaced that Dr. Dre was close to signing on to perform with other West Coast stars in the planned tribute and that Tupac’s hit “California Love” was one of the tracks.
While Tupac’s induction is a celebratory moment for hip-hop purists and others alike, the accolade became a topic of debate shortly after the honor was announced. Public Enemy’s Chuck D took exception to the rap icon getting in before LL Cool J.
“Got forever love for PAC BUT there AIN’T a solo rap act that should get in the RRHOF before LL Cool J,” the rap great said via social media. “I don’t care about what naysayers think.”
When @llcoolj entered the rap game there was NOTHING close to the blizzard he came in the game with.1 dude rearranged records & performance
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) October 20, 2016
Pac will join a short list of rappers that have been called on by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including the Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
The ceremony all goes down on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.