Tupac is officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as of Friday (April 7) after he was posthumously inducted during the ceremony held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Snoop Dogg handled the honor and reflected back on there friendship with the West Coast artist as he delivered his speech. From their first meeting to the day Tupac died, The Doggfather expressed the importance of remembering his humane side.
“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 says. “It’s the fact that he never shied away from it. He wore it like a badge of honor. With an unapologetic voice, Pac embraced those contradictions that proved we ain’t just a character out of someone else’s story book. To be human is to be many things at once. Strong and bold. Hard headed and intellectual. Courageous and afraid. Loving and vengeful. Revolutionary and – oh, yeah I’m getting fucked up.
Snoop also shared what it was like to make music with Pac. The two shared Labels on Suge Knight’s Death Row Records with Dr. Dre. Although the label’s legacy will forever be riddled with controversy, the Long Beach legend explains what the team dynamics were like, even revealing Suge once sent them parasailing in South America “to get away from all the drama.”
“I told Suge Knight, I said, ‘Suge get Pac out of prison and have him come join our team at Death Row Records,’” Snoop recalls. “He never had a team before. It was always just him. Now, with us it was like he joined the Lakers. Dre was the coach and me and Pac were the stars on the court making history every which side. We were young, rich, and rock stars but we were also young men black men with targets on our back. We were catching cases simultaneously. That’s why when we got together we really were two of America’s most wanted. He had just gotten out of jail. I had just beat my case. I get a white Rolls Royce with that creamy white interior and Pac, he went out and bought a black one with the same thing.”
He also paid tribute to Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, who comforted him after Tupac’s death in 1996 at the age of 25. Ms. Shakur passed away in May of last year, but her son forever immortalized her in his song “Dear Mama.”
Check out Video from the Presentation below.