Tupac inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Snoop Dogg accepts

Snoop Dogg inducted the late Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Snoop Dogg gave a amusing and moving speech, discussing his fallen friend and label-mate. He said he attended Friday night's ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to ensure the rapper, actor and poet is remembered as a "strong black man that stood for his". "While many remember him now as some kind of thugged out superhero, Tupac really was only good and he represented through his music like no one before", Snoop began in his speech.

Shakur, who was 25 when he was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, is one of the most influential figures in rap history.

You will always be the best.

"Tupac, we love you".

"I had just beat my case and Suge had taken us to South America to get away from all the drama and me and 'Pac was parasailing".

The fact that there's also a finality to his career may actually help his case with the Rock Hall's voting body, as does the fact that he never released a disappointing album. He wore it like a badge of honour. "To me, 2pac was first and foremost, the homeboy". We shared a whole lot in common. Instead of running down a laundry list of 'Pac's public achievements fans already know about, the 45-year-old rapper took time to humanize the larger-than-life character. In a way, our journeys started together.

Pac is the sixth artist from the hip-hop genre to make it into the Hall.

Later in the press room, Snoop was asked his favorite Tupac song, which led to him delivering an impromptu rendition of "Str8 Ballin'".

For even more Pac, peep the extended version of his biopic, All Eyez on Me, out on his birthday, June 16, 2017.

  • Salvatore Jensen