Tupac Shakur To Be Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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The late rapper is the sixth hip-hop act and the first solo rapper to join the list.

Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes 20 years after the death of Tupac, and just a few months after his own mother, Afeni Shakur, died in May. Tupac is the sixth hip-hop artist to join the list of hall of famers, following N.W.A earlier this year, but he is the first solo rap artist to make it.

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Alongside N.W.A, he joins Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy.

Artists become eligible 25 years after their first recording is released. They are chosen through industry ballots and online fan voting. The late artist’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now was released in November 1991.

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Tupac will be inducted alongside Pearl Jam, Journey, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra and Yes.

The 32nd induction ceremony is planned for Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 7.

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