Finally eligible after releasing his debut album 25 years ago, Tupac Shakur has officially been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The nominations were announced early Tuesday morning and includes 18 other nominees, along with the previously nominated Janet Jackson and fellow first-timers Pearl Jam.
If Tupac does get added into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his inclusion will make him just the sixth hip-hop act inducted in the hall of fame’s 33-year history. N.W.A., who were inducted just last year, Run D.M.C, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy all have a place in the institution.
Since making his initial mark with 2pacalypse Now in 1991, Tupac has remained a relevant and cultural icon within music and pop culture. His albums continue to sell to the point where the Guinness Book Of World Records recognized him in 2004 as the highest-selling rap artist of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.
The nomination is good news for Tupac fans after a very up and down year. Mom Afeni Shakur passed away last May. However, with the possibility of Pac finally being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus the upcoming release of the All Eyez on Me biopic, scheduled for release in 2017, things are looking up again.