A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled on Wednesday, June 7, posthumously honoring slain rapper Tupac Shakur for a five-year career in which he sold more than 75 million records and received six Grammy nominations.
Shakur’s sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, accepted the star on behalf of the family. The star is the 2,758th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.
“It fills my heart with honor to represent the Shakur family. Tupac had the dream to have a star on the Walk of Fame. It speaks to the lasting impact he had on this world,” said “Set” Shakur.
Allen Hughes, director of the FX docuseries “Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur,” and Jamal Joseph, author of the 2006 biography “Tupac Shakur Legacy” and a producer of Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur,” participated in the ceremony in front of Amoeba Music at 6212 Hollywood Blvd., which was emceed by radio host Big Boy.
“How fitting that in the 50th year of hip hop that we are celebrating Tupac Skakur,” said Hughes. “I am being humbled to witness his family and friends receive this honor.”
“From everybody who knew Tupac, we knew he was a star from the time he was a little boy,” noted Joseph.
The ceremony occurred nine days before the 52nd anniversary of Shakur’s birth in Harlem.
Tupac Shakur was raised by his mother, Afeni Shakur, a political activist and member of
the Black Panther Party, in Baltimore, she was intent on escaping Baltimore’s violence, relocating to Marin City when he was 17.
Shakur connected with the popular Bay Area rap crew Digital Underground, starting as a roadie and back-up dancer, and eventually working his way up to contributing a verse to “Same Song” from the soundtrack for the comedy horror film “Nothing But Trouble.”
Shakur was signed by Interscope Records which released his first solo album, “2Pacalypse Now”’ in 1991, which was certified gold by the recording industry trade group the Recording Industry Association of America for selling 923,455 units.
Shakur’s second studio album, “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z” was certified platinum for selling more than one million copies. Shakur’s third studio album, “Me Against the World” released in 1995. It received a Grammy nomination for best rap album, and its lead single, “Dear Mama,” was nominated for best rap solo performance.
“Me Against the World” was certified as double-platinum for selling more than 3.5 million copies.
Shakur’s fourth studio album, “All Eyez on Me,” released Feb. 13, 1996, seven months before his death, also received a best rap album Grammy nomination, while its singles “How Do U Want It” and “California Love” received nominations for best rap performance by a duo or group.
“All Eyez on Me” was the best-selling album in Shakur’s career, selling 5,887,630 units and was certified diamond.
Shakur received a posthumous best rap solo performance Grammy nomination in 2000 for “Changes,” part of his “Greatest Hits” album released in 1998.
Shakur starred in the 1992 crime thriller , “Juice,” the 1993
romance film, “Poetic Justice,” the 1996 crime drama “Bullet”; the 1997
black comedy crime film “Gridlock’d” and 1997 action crime thriller “Gang
Related” and co-starred in the 1994 sports drama, “Above the Rim.”
Shakur was wounded on Sept. 7, 1996, in a drive-by shooting in Las
Vegas and died six days later at age 25. The killing is unsolved.