Hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Tupac Shakur no longer has to wonder how long the world will mourn him, because he’s now immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The late rapper, who wrote the song “How Will They Mourn Me?,” became the 2,758th star on the walk Wednesday in a ceremony that featured Allen Hughes, the director of a docuseries about Shakur and his late mother, Afeni. Also at the Hollywood event was Shakur’s sister Sekyiwa.
“Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, activist, poet and revolutionary. This iconic artist has continued to be part of the zeitgeist for decades after his passing and will continue to be an important cultural figure for many years to come,” Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a statement. “Surely, as one of L.A.’s own, Tupac’s star will be added to the list of most visited stars.”
Shakur is one of the most famous hip-hop artists worldwide. He’s sold over 75 million records, and two of his albums — “All Eyez on Me,” released in 1996, and “Greatest Hits,” released in 1998 — have been certified diamond by selling more than 10 million copies each. Shakur was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
The rapper earned his Hollywood star for its Recording category, but he starred in movies as well, including “Juice” (1992), “Poetic Justice” (1993) and “Above the Rim” (1994).
Shakur also had legal troubles. He was convicted of sexual abuse in New York and was sentenced to prison in February 1995. He was released in October of that year after record executive Suge Knight posted his $1.4 million bond.
In 1996, Shakur was killed at age 25 in a shooting in Las Vegas. Police never determined who was responsible for killing the rapper.