Eligible in: 2016 (The 2017 Induction Ceremony)
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2017 (ranked #144) .
|Essential Albums (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||Amazon CD|
|Me Against The World (1995)||☆||♫||♁|
|All Eyez on Me (1996)||☆||♫||♁|
|Essential Songs (?)||Wikipedia||Amazon MP3||YouTube|
|Keep Ya Head Up (1993)||☆||♫||☊|
|Dear Mama (1995)||☆||♫||☊|
|California Love (Remix) (1996)||☆||♫||☊|
2Pac @ Wikipedia
Comments79 comments so far (post your own)
I'm not a big fan personally, but Tupac is cited by just about every rapper today as an influence. For sure, part of that is because he died so young, granting him "legend" status and causing him to be overrated. That said, he was one of the most socially conscious rappers ever and had tremendous flow and creative rhymes. I say he's in.
Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 10.19.06 @ 18:28pm
Just because he influenced rappers doesn't mean 2pac had ANY influence whatsoever on ROCK bands...This is the rock hall of fame, rap/hip-hop should not be in the same category. Nothing against 2pac, but he's not comparable to Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, or anyone in the rock hall of fame except the recently inducted Grandmaster Flash - who also should NOT have been inducted.
Posted by Mike on Sunday, 04.1.07 @ 11:21am
tupac is the best artist ever. even though he is a rap artist he shuld be in there. he influnced evrybody. evry1 knows about tupac.
Posted by xavier on Tuesday, 10.2.07 @ 09:57am
I think he will get in. Wetehr he deserves it or not is another thing. Becasue based on his music it's a no. He has some great songs, but no great albums
Posted by Michael on Monday, 10.22.07 @ 16:23pm
tupac is the greatest rapper of all time before his untimely death and he has had lots of influence on the rock and roll world and therefore being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame would mean the world to him, his fans as well as his family. I know that it would mean a lot to me (not to mention his mom, Afeni and his fans)to see him inducted into the hall of fame.
Posted by Andrew on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 18:23pm
wonder why they call you Bitch...
Posted by Joe-Skee on Tuesday, 12.18.07 @ 12:00pm
The Elvis of Hip-Hop, not for the drugs and screaming girls, but for the talent.
Posted by SSR on Tuesday, 12.25.07 @ 10:08am
When you say pac had no influence he's had more influence over the world then almost anyone over the last 15 years. And you say he had no great albums every album he made was a great album better than almost any rock & roll album ever. He's a legend. He definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame
Posted by KMC on Monday, 12.31.07 @ 20:24pm
stay in your own dam genre
Posted by tyler on Tuesday, 01.29.08 @ 05:14am
I think that "rap" can be compared to "The Emperor's New Clothes".
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.3.08 @ 15:07pm
Why hate on Rap?
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 02.3.08 @ 15:12pm
Just personal preference...I liked some of it in the beginning but my opinion is simply that something got lost in the shuffle...theres not any of it that makes me go "WOW!!!" Gotta admit, a lot of people do like it.
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.3.08 @ 15:38pm
Lets see...go into a studio and cut in album in a day using, among other things, samplings of other people's material, not have to worry about touring (much), sell millions of CD's and make tons of money!! Dang, wish I'd thought of it!!!!
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.3.08 @ 16:01pm
Terry, that comment kinda sounds a bit stoopid.
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 02.3.08 @ 16:12pm
Was out there a little, wasn't it...lol!!! I can't say I've ever consciously listened to Public Enemy, even though I'm sure I've heard them. After Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash I just lost interest in that particular genre.
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.3.08 @ 16:31pm
HEY MIKE MAYBE YOU DO HAVE SOMETHING AGAINST 2PAC IF YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY RAP/HIP HOP SHOULD BE EXCLUDED. IF THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR GRANDMASTER FLASH TO BE IN THE ROCKHALL, FELT THEY SHOULD BE INDUCTED WHO ARE YOU TO DISPUTE?
Posted by M.E.R.C on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 03:49am
I'll dispute it!!! It's a whole different genre, and to me its a step backwards!! I just hope that REAL musicians will start coming out of the woodwork and/or people will start rediscovering the classics! The people who vote are simply trying to be politically correct...which rock & roll never has been. You think if there was a hip-hop hall of fame there would be rockers?? Not a chance! It would be very clear that its for "hip-hop ONLY!!!!" If Grandmaster Flash were the founding fathers of hip-hop, then they can be inducted first!
Posted by Terry on Sunday, 02.17.08 @ 08:11am
A rap icon in my mind.
Posted by Frank on Tuesday, 03.18.08 @ 10:21am
I'e read a couple of these comments and i cant believe some of them. Some say that Pac cant be inducted to the hall of fame becaus he's not rock n roll, but Marvin Gaye, an R&B singer, was oe of the first artists to be inducted. Pac is the best rapper EVER. He deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame
Posted by Yung KDZ on Wednesday, 05.21.08 @ 19:37pm
Pac is probably the best rapper that has ever lived just like Bob Marley when it comes to reggae music.Pac's influence knows no bounds.He gots to be in.
Posted by ivo on Thursday, 05.29.08 @ 00:25am
Frankly, the Hall is almost named incorrectly. Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye were second year-inductees (second year of the hall's history), and they are definitely not rock and roll. So from the start it was established that this wasn't entirely rock.
Posted by Trey on Wednesday, 08.13.08 @ 16:08pm
I'd say no in 2Pac's case. There's no denying the man's effect on rap, but in terms of rock it is nil. When people argue about whether rap should be in the Rock Hall I suggest that they consider it from a rock perspective. I have no problem w/ Grandmaster Flash getting in inasmuch as the style he was a pioneer in (turntable cutting/scratching/mixing) was picked up by rock acts & actively incorporated into the music. Other rappers like Run DMC/Public Enemy/ Cypress Hill ateempted rock tracks of some sort, and should really be considered on what they did. I see nothing of this in 2Pac. He neither pioneered rap-rock of any kind, nor did he actively engage rock elements in his music.
Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 08.13.08 @ 18:51pm
If any rap artist should get it in, its 2pac. He's the single greatest rapper of all time.
Posted by Joey on Thursday, 08.28.08 @ 10:43am
hit me on myspace
Posted by kentuan on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 10:07am
Tupac is undisputedly the best rapper of all time. Notorious big and p. Diddy are in? Tupac influenced all of the greatest rappers. He should of been in there no question about it! I was dissapointed he was not. I was looking forward to it. Colbie calliat was in there and tupac wasnt? You gotta be kidding me!!
Posted by Emily on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 12:34pm
Emily, check yourself. 2Pac isn't eligible for induction yet, and neither are P.Diddy or Notorious B.I.G. OR Colbie Callait. Please don't confuse having an exhibit at the Museum for actually being inducted into the Hall. That is not the case for any of them.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 17:10pm
2pac is overrated but was a good rapper I am split here I dont really know what to vote for.He is an influential figure in modern day hip-hop but then again is that a good thing?I say yes hes in but half heartedly.
Posted by David on Monday, 12.1.08 @ 20:47pm
NO RAP IN ROCK'N'ROLL HALL OF FAME! TUPAC SUCKS LIKE ANY OTHER RAPPER
Posted by rapsucks on Thursday, 12.11.08 @ 17:57pm
yo whats a "2pac"
Posted by Donaldveli on Tuesday, 12.16.08 @ 21:47pm
lol. come on ppl. 1st off, tupac influenced many rock groups, the first being linkin park, who made a tribute to him. DUHH! Then, he has the most tributes of any artist in living memory. from rappers, to rocknrollers, to r&b ppl. it's not about rock and roll, which blacks created btw, but about great musicians and the embodiment of the magical musician, as it were. therefore, tupac is that embodiment. all around musician, actor, artist, personality, thinker. he puts kurt kobain to shame. rip, to both of their souls, and no disrespect to any party.
Posted by frnnk on Wednesday, 12.31.08 @ 13:49pm
Anyone who thinks 2pac is "the" greatest rapper of all time is either retarded or just doesn't know anything about hip-hop.He is one of the greatest but not the greatest.
Posted by Chris.J on Tuesday, 01.6.09 @ 13:00pm
all eyez on me is the best sellign rap album of all time going 14 times platinum, tupac is a legend not just for his talent, but more because of his personality and how he was as a person
Posted by alex on Wednesday, 01.28.09 @ 17:57pm
Chris j are you kiddin ? 2pac is greatest MC of every time and With his death Hip-hop and whole industry has destroyed, pac was heart of hip hop and also people who thinks that pac hav no Great albums he is stupid i think Look at all eyez on mee , or MAKAVELI 7 day thats album drives me craazy , if you dont like him you'll be loved in him if you look at his lyrics hee makes youu feeeel man, even i Mnot from amerika and am not black I feel him with my whole heart he must biin on that list
Posted by FZZ on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 15:17pm
i see a lot of haters in here and a lot of people who has no idea of hip hop......
Posted by chrispapajohn on Saturday, 02.28.09 @ 22:06pm
well i dont really think a rap artist should really go into the rock and roll hall of fame after all its the ROCK AND ROLL hall of fame however 2pac is my favorite artist of all time and i have lots of his songs and i love his unreleased songs. i really dont think he is underated and he has tonnes of meaning and storytelling in many of his songs (i love rakim and nas but i dont think they're a higher rank than 2pac though) and no Chris.J i am not retarded i just prefer 2pac's style, flow, lyrics and the rawness of his rap
Posted by FTB on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 23:20pm
look i like rap just as much as anyone but its the rock and roll hall of fame he is not rack and roll. he is a great poet though but not a rock and roll artist
Posted by e on Friday, 09.18.09 @ 15:28pm
The prejudice of some of you is pretty sad, honestly. Tupac had a major influence on all levels of music. His energy and talent shook music to it's foundation. He spoke on life as it is and challenged anyone to try and silence him. Even after his death they have not achieve their goal.
Posted by Matthew on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 22:41pm
When 2pac was in jail, he beat bruce springsteen's "GREATEST HITS" to claim #1 on the billboard. No diss to bruce, but greatest hits couldnt beat "Me Against the world". Bruce is already in the rock hall and he can't deny pac. It's fact. And tupac was in jail, that's right, tupac was in jail...sold over 75 million records at age 25. He's got the most passionate/loyal fans in the history of music alongside Elvis and Michael Jackson.Only growing by #'s everytime a child is born. America is too divided by race/genre. Rock Hall should include music in general Or better let some other billionaires start a "World Hall of Fame for musicians. If America can't please him, then theres asia, africa, europe and south america that would love for him to represent (thank goodness for youtube). By 2016 when tupac becomes eligible for the rock hall i believe more people will accept his entry rather than deny him. what does everyone else think? It's a prestigous honor, and tupac can definitely speak his way thru the rock hall. A first ballot hall of famer forsure, like Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and Muhammad Ali in sports and Michael Jackson, Elvis, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and Chuck Berry. Might as well include Mozart and Beethoven too in the Rock Hall b/c the list goes on....just as "life goes on". Also backstreet boys and celine dion will make it. Look, im just saying nobodys perfect and all of those people in the rock hall have there own problems with the law/media, but they still get inducted. I can see 2pac being denied in the hollywood walk of fame but the rock and roll hall of fame? You got to be kidding. If there's a ghetto in heaven, there's a ghetto in the rock and roll hall of fame and He reigns there.
Posted by CV on Tuesday, 12.8.09 @ 00:56am
HEll yea 2pac should be in the rock and roll hall of fame. simple reason .. not a lot of rappers were that smart with there lyrics and plus if Beatles and other rockers got the country a bit scared.. then tupac amaru shakur had them sweating there ass off.. rock is a about self expression and most importantly the message ... 2pac had all of that and him not getting in only increases his image of thug living and breaking all boundary personally, I think they should put him in a another hall of fame if rock dosent.
Posted by Kay on Friday, 12.11.09 @ 16:51pm
This why I think the Rock n Roll hall of fame is a joke. 2Pac isn't rock n roll. No offense to hip hop, but maybe the Rock n roll hall of fame needs to change it's name to Music hall of fame. To me if your going call yourself rock n roll hall of fame then rock n roll artist should be the only ones eligible. Since it's not going to change the name; I say no. I don't think he deserves to be in. He sold a lot of records and was killed. OK, but was he great? I don't think he was. He was an average hip hop artist who was a little overrated, but he probably will make it. First ballet: no way. Way more deserving artist, who should be in, will still be waiting in 2016
Posted by DAO on Tuesday, 04.6.10 @ 15:08pm
Yes he was the greatest of all time, personally the rap thats out there today like gucci mane, soldier boy, bores me. Hell yea pac should go. He made a true impact.
Posted by Rikkita on Wednesday, 04.14.10 @ 18:02pm
The rock and roll hall of fame discriminates against any black music. 2PAC should have been in it a long time ago. He's one of the greatest/influential artist of all time. He is a LEGEND to everyone who understands and likes hip hop music and doesn't discriminate against it. It is an insult to hip hop music to not have him in there. R.i.P. Tupac Shakur
Posted by R.i.P. 2Pac on Monday, 04.26.10 @ 07:06am
So...Apparently the RRHOF discriminates against black music. WHY OF COURSE that explains why Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, The Supremes, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, The Platters, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, The Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, James Brown, Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Run DMC and about two dozen other black artists are in the RRHOF.
Posted by Bassmaster on Monday, 04.26.10 @ 08:55am
That would be YOU KNOW nothing of Rock and Roll. And just to reiterate you do realize Ike Turner (who in case you didn't you know is black) wrote arguably the FIRST Rock and Roll song with "Rocket 88" back in 1951!!!!
Posted by Bassmaster on Monday, 04.26.10 @ 08:58am
Sold 75 million records. Rolling Stones 87th Greatest Artist of ALL TIME! All that has to be said.
Posted by Josh on Wednesday, 08.4.10 @ 19:51pm
People, the name "RocknRoll Hall of fame" is just that; a name. Don't discriminate just because of a name. People from all kinds of Genres are in there. Just because hip-hop is new doesn't mean it doesnt belong. 2Pac was a voice of a generation, and when he died, he was mourned all over the country. He deserves to have a place amongst the greatest in the music industry.
Posted by Mike on Saturday, 08.21.10 @ 14:20pm
The biggest reason why we have top 40 radio of today. Someone had to start it.
Posted by DJ Dave on Saturday, 09.25.10 @ 11:22am
Tupac is the biggest name in rap apart from Eminem, he's a definete first ballot inductee.
Posted by GFW on Monday, 10.25.10 @ 12:07pm
I love the old school hip hop and 2pac's place is assured but not before LL Cool J. I think De La Soul deserves a nod also.
Posted by Paul on Thursday, 11.18.10 @ 10:28am
Honestly, Tupac and B.I.G are great compared to the shit rappers we have now, like Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and so on. I actually think B.I.G is a classic kind of rapper, he's good and it sucks that he's dead because now we're stuck with the other not so classic rappers. Bummer....
Posted by Brittany on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 10:03am
"Tupac is the biggest name in rap apart from Eminem, he's a definete first ballot inductee."
Posted by Brittany on Tuesday, 11.23.10 @ 10:05am
Look at the RRHOF inductees: Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, (Soul artists) Madonna, Michael Jackson, ABBA, (Pop artists) even RUN DMC (hip hop trio). They aren't "rock n roll" but these artists have had tremendous impacts on their genre of music and thats why they're recognized and inducted. I would've thought you guys realized that the HOF isn't solely "rock", but open to all genres of music and artists that have made impacts on MUSIC. Always has been come to think about it. I don't give two f**** if you're into hip hop or not, you cannot deny the impact Pac had on hip hop/rap. Where would hip hop/rap be without Pac? There isn't a rapper today who hasn't been influenced by him or copped his style. He is deserving and I have no doubt in my mind that he'll be nominated and get inducted. RIP PAC, we love & miss u!
Posted by brianna bermudez on Thursday, 03.10.11 @ 23:48pm
Not only was Pac a great rapper but in my opinion, he was even a better writer.
Posted by brianna bermudez on Thursday, 03.10.11 @ 23:59pm
@GFW - F*** Eminem. Eminem BOWS DOWN to Pac.
Posted by brianna bermudez on Friday, 03.11.11 @ 00:04am
* Best selling hip hop artist of all time (over 75 million albums sold)
Posted by brianna bermudez on Sunday, 03.13.11 @ 15:27pm
Using my usual formula:
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 03.26.11 @ 15:37pm
@GFW 2pac is the best selling rapper ever and with decreasing album sales in the music industry it looks like he is going to be tough to top his over 100 Million discs sold worldwide. 2nd closest is Eminem with just over 86 million sold worldwide and his last album only sold 6 million. I'd say he is the only one that looks like he has a chance to catch him and at this pace he will have to do it with longevity. Eminem and 2pac deserve to be in the top two together for sure though.
Posted by Zellmo on Friday, 05.13.11 @ 00:55am
Tupac should be in the Rock in Roll Hall of Fame. No questions asked. Tupac's music is rock and roll so quit the hating. He is a legend, listen to his first few albums and what he speaks about. I'm out... Biggie should get in to
Posted by TIM on Wednesday, 09.28.11 @ 08:42am
I'm a fan of good and moving music, 2pac's work was moving. In order 2 judge whether he should or shouldn't be included, you have to look at it not as a hip hop fan nor as a rock fan but as a nuetralist. 2pac was more than a hip hop artist, he was just a guy with a vision of a better America and through hip hop he explained his ideas and talked to the masses just like all other hall of fame artists.
Posted by Jazz on Monday, 01.23.12 @ 20:39pm
yeah, he's definetly one of the essential rap artists.
Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 01.24.12 @ 12:17pm
@Jazz you are right, that's exactly how I see it I know that he's influenced rock and metal, he influenced me and MANY people I know we listen to metal. WE ARE musicians and we don't just have rock and metal influences we listen to Rap, Metal, Jazz, Blues and such I also agree he is the best rapper there was. Most people here who claim to listen to rock are posers, closed minded or both, to you I say GTFO. 2pac actually rapped about important things unlike most rappers now, he had his concept and stuck to it.
Posted by Don't be stupid on Tuesday, 03.6.12 @ 19:38pm
Hell yea, he deserve it. I'm not much a fan of rap
Posted by Jj on Saturday, 03.17.12 @ 22:03pm
Of course the first rap artist to release a double disk album and sold more than any other rapper to date,that in its self is worthy of ANY hall of fame...
Posted by DC92 on Wednesday, 04.18.12 @ 02:15am
Also the first to pothumosly perform at a major festival. I suppose that's a point in the Innovation column.
Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 04.18.12 @ 07:41am
Tupac is the greatest rapper of all time. if you dont agree, well hes definitely one of them. but hes a RAPPER. yes, his music is perfect. but he is a RAPPER. this is the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. yes, he will probably get inducted. he shouldnt get inducted. if any other POP or RAP musicians get inducted then they should just make a hip hop hall of fame or something.
Posted by Kyle on Thursday, 06.28.12 @ 17:40pm
The RNR part of the hall's name is very innacurate considering they've inducted rap, pop, country and jazz acts.
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.30.12 @ 06:36am
Look, I'm a HUGE fan of Pac, and yeah, he had some influence on rock bands. But the man wasn't a rockstar, he didn't form a band. He formed Outlawz, and RAP group.
Posted by Caesar on Friday, 08.10.12 @ 00:16am
how many times do I have to make this clear?
Posted by GFW on Friday, 08.10.12 @ 07:02am
He accomplished so much in only 6 years (age 19-25) of being active in the industry. There are other rappers that have been active for 20 years and have not accomplished some things that Tupac has. It's clear that the RRHOF isn't strictly Rock, but more so the music artists that had the most impact and influence through their respected genres, and even beyond that. Tupac is always mentioned in the "greatest rapper of all time" conversation; he's mostly mentioned in the "greatest artists of all time" conversations; and he has clearly produced an enormous fan base (maybe one of the biggest fan bases of all time) through his music. You can call it rap, you can call it hip-hop, but in my opinion it's called a voice of a generation who couldn't speak up for themselves. Don't want to get into it, but I believe that he should be in the RRHOF come 2016/17.
Posted by Anthony on Friday, 12.28.12 @ 15:39pm
No, their are better artists in the genre of hip hop, and all of them deserve R&R Hall of Fame recognition over 2Pac. Shakur was an extremely overrated artist. Great songs, but mediocre albums.
Posted by Isacc on Saturday, 03.30.13 @ 01:35am
And whoever said Rock Is Dead is a moron. Like hip hop, it's always evolving.
Posted by Isacc on Saturday, 03.30.13 @ 01:37am
Posted by roxas11 on Saturday, 04.13.13 @ 01:19am
no, last i recalled this was the THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, if it was a hall of fame for all music then yes i would have tupac but not in this genre
Posted by wheresware on Sunday, 05.26.13 @ 20:58pm
last i recalled this was the THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, if it was a hall of fame for all music then yes i would have tupac but not in this genre
Posted by batman on Friday, 06.7.13 @ 12:43pm
Batman, shouldn't you be defending Gotham?
Posted by GFW on Friday, 06.7.13 @ 15:06pm
List of Hip-Hop Acts that deserve induction
Posted by TooLate on Sunday, 03.30.14 @ 23:57pm
Wow,to all the "civilians" on here that keeps saying this is the "Rock And Roll" Hall of Fame, have you ever been, I have. If you did you wouldn't gloat about your dispute. It's really the music hall of fame, why its named it after one broad and open genre I don't know, but what I do know is that all great artist and I do mean artist(someone talented in multiple arts) deserves an induction. I say that to say this Tupac Amaru Shakur deserves it. P.S my musical taste is broad, even though I was raised on Jazz, R&B, and Hip-Hop. Took me to join the military and travel the world to experience real music as in all music not one genre. If music consisted of one specific sounding genre it wouldn't last a few decades because as lifeforms we evolve or we die. FACTS, don't believe me next time your on pandora, look at the musical influences on your favorite artists. They inspire each other.
Posted by NMCB1Vet88 on Thursday, 04.24.14 @ 03:13am
If the hall wants to induct hip hop acts, then they are gonna have to put Tupac in. He actually was one of the first rappers to tell personal stories through his lyrics. And even if you are trying to defend Rock And Roll, you are eventually going to fail. 4 rap acts have been inducted already. The Hall cannot remove acts from the hall of fame. And there are rappers who deserve to get in, Tupac being one of them. So there is no way that you can stop Tupac from getting in.
Posted by Karl Singleton on Thursday, 05.29.14 @ 16:02pm
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