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Snoop Dogg to Induct Tupac Shakur Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Snoop Dogg will induct former collaborator Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the 2017 induction ceremony, according to Rolling Stone. The two rappers became friends after meeting at the wrap party for the film Poetic Justice, which Snoop Dogg describes in an interview with Michael Rappaport. They were label mates at Death Row Records and collaborated on the single "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" off Tupac's record All Eyez on Me, the last one to be released before he died. Snoop Dogg and Tupac are two of the most seminal voices the history of West Coast rap.
Other inductees for the April 7 ceremony include Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, and Journey. TMZ reported Dr. Dre is in talks to join Snoop Dogg in honoring Tupac, but Rolling Stone confirmed the lineup has yet to be cemented, so Dr. Dre's involvement is still speculation. Tupac will join the narrow ranks of rappers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's often a point of contention for older, white music veterans, as demonstrated by Gene Simmons' arguments against N.W.A.'s induction in 2016.