Snoop Dogg inducts Tupac into Rock Hall

Posted April 09, 2017

Tonight marked the annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction ceremony, where the luminaries of the musical world get together to celebrate, toast, and occasionally even play some music.

Perhaps surprisingly, Snoop Dogg delivered a very serious speech about his late friend.

Speaking at the event, Snoop Dogg recounted his relationship with the late rapper, how Tupac gave him his first blunt, and he called Tupac the "Greatest Rapper of All Time".

Emotions ran high for the induction of Shakur, the Harlem-born rapper who was gunned down at age 25 in a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas that has never been resolved.

Snoop was getting anxious, he recalled, as they continued to dip into the water, but during their time floating over the water, Shakur began to tell Snoop that he saw an acting career in his future.

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That proved to be foreshadowing, Snoop concluded.

Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey and Yes will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. "To be human is to be many things at once", Snoop said. That transitioned into "I Get Around", "I Ain't Mad At Cha" and "Dear Mama".

Hip hop artist Ice Cube - who was inducted into the Hall of Fame past year along with the five other members of NWA - said he thought Shakur would have "shown up" to receive the honour. And if there hadn't been one around at the smoke sesh where Snoop and Tupac were introduced to each other, the two rap icons might have remained rivals instead of becoming friends. "And on that night, Pac passed me my first blunt". I was a zig-zag man before that shit.

Then, a number of artists paid tribute to him via a performance of some of his biggest hits. "Hip hop needs our own Hall of Fame".

"(This) ceremony is about giving appreciation to a great musician and songwriter who was an inspiration", he said.