He changed hip-hop while he was here and even after the fact.
According to the hall's website, artists are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording.
The inductees are then voted on by music fans and 900 industry experts.
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Predictably, people on Twitter have questioned why Shakur has made the cut when LL Cool J - who is widely considered to be rap's first superstar - is not a member.
"To be human is to be many things at once, strong and vulnerable, hardheaded and intellectual, courageous and afraid, revolutionary and....oh yeah, don't get it fucked up, gangsta", Snoop added.
Now, Snoop Dogg who already has been crowned a legend, has inducted his friend, making Tupac Shakur the first solo rapper to be inducted into the prestigious hall of fame. "He's hip-hop history, He's American history". 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.
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Shakur, whose songs about social and racial injustice still resonate today, was only the 6th rap act to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its 30-year history.
I know the prestigiousness of being at the Masters, so I respect it, and I understand what it means to be here.
Electric Light Orchestra honored Berry, who died last month, with an electrifying performance of "Roll Over Beethoven" at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday. "Let us build a great bridge, a attractive bridge, to welcome the exhausted and the poor", Baez told the Hall of Fame audience.
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Tupac's full length tribute is slated to hit the small screen when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame airs April 29, on HBO.