On June 7, 2023, in Los Angeles, self-made millionaire Tupac Shakur earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The rapper was honored 27 years after his death.
2Pac’s sister, Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur, accepted the star and said it was always his ambition to have a Hollywood star. “He knew he wanted a star on the Walk of Fame from the first time he stepped foot on this stage of the Apollo Theatre at 13 years old, before anyone recognized his name,” she added.
“Now we gather here today to unveil Tupac’s star, which not only honors his music industry contributions but also speaks volumes to his lasting impact on this world. We’re honoring a star today. “But we’re honoring his work and passion to make his dreams come true,” she continued.
The Walk of Fame waited for Tupac’s family to choose a date for his 2013 honor.
He’ll also get a street in Oakland named after him, insiders said.
2Pac (Tupac), a rebel icon, died aged 25 in 1996, leaving a 5-year art legacy. Gang-related gunshots ended his singing career. His brief music career sold over 75 million copies worldwide. The diamond-certified album All Eyez on Me, California Love (Remix), I Ain’t Mad at Cha, and How Do U Want It are all trending again on social media. 2017 saw his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.
East Harlem’s Makaveli was Tupac. American artist Lesane Parish Crooks died. His mother Afeni Shakur changed his name at one year old. Tupac Shakur Amaru was called after the Inca warrior and Peruvian rebel who led a colonial indigenous insurgency.
Influenced artists greatly
Allen Hughes, director of the FX documentary Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, said, “Tupac Amaru Shakur has become a global symbol of rebellion – a symbol as visible and important as Malcolm X and Che Guevara and an inspiration to other activists today.”
Dear Mama recounts the rapper’s mother Afeni Shakur’s Black Panther Party leadership.
Hughes responded, “Not so bad for a little Black boy from Harlem, right?”
2Pac’s Spotify audience exceeds 24 million. Shakur’s estate received $3.5 million in 2010 from film, TV, and video game rights.
Tupac has almost 20 million Facebook likes and 220,000 Twitter mentions in the previous 24 hours. Shakur danced for Digital Underground before becoming a singer-rapper.
Acting came in 1992. Juice, starring him, grossed $20 million. In 1993, he starred with Janet Jackson in Poetic Justice, which grossed $27 million.