In a heartfelt ceremony that took place on Wednesday, the late Tupac Shakur, a legendary figure in hip-hop, was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This recognition comes just a few days before the iconic rapper’s birthday, adding a poignant touch to the event.
The star was accepted on behalf of the family by Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur. Overcome with emotion, she spoke of her brother’s dream of being celebrated with a star in Hollywood. “From the first time he stepped foot on this stage of the Apollo Theater at 13 years old, before anyone recognized his name, he knew he had the dream to have a star here on the walk of fame,” she said.
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Tupac Shakur was selected to receive a star in 2013, but the organization waited for his family and estate to select a date. The star, the 2,758th on the Walk of Fame, is a tribute not only to his contributions to the music industry but also to his lasting impact on the world.
Tupac now has his star 🌟 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/smMMiy15gN
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Despite a career that lasted only five years, Tupac Shakur left an indelible mark on the music industry. He sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with his diamond-certified album “All Eyez on Me” featuring hits like “California Love (Remix)”, “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” and “How Do U Want It.” He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Beyond his music, Shakur was also a notable actor, starring in popular films such as “Poetic Justice,” “Gang Related,” “Juice,” and “Above the Rim.” His influence extended beyond art, becoming a symbol of rebellion and an inspiration to activists today.
The ceremony was emceed by radio personality Big Boy, who spoke about Shakur’s legacy and the museums exhibits dedicated to the entertainer. Attendees included comedian Mike Epps, rapper YG, actor Bokeem Woodbine, and the Outlawz, a rap group founded by Shakur.
As the crowd cheered and played some of Shakur’s biggest hits, it was clear that his influence continues to resonate. His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a testament to his enduring legacy, a symbol of his impact on music, film, and society at large.