Many folks of all ages and races say that Tupac Shakur is the greatest rapper of all times. The bigwigs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally agreed, announcing the hip hop icon as one of the nominees for the class of 2017 back in October. Pac’s posthumous nomination came in his first year of eligibility, and in his first year of qualifying as a nominee, he has won himself a slot in the Cleveland museum.
The West Coast rap don is among six inductees who will be immortalized in that pantheon of music greats on April 7, 2017. Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez and Electric Light Orchestra are the other acts that will join Tupac into the Hall of Fame. Seattle rockers Pearl Jam share the honor of being inducted on their first year of eligibility but the opposite is true for Journey. The San Francisco outfit has been around since 1973 and has been ripe for Hall of Fame induction for 16 years. But good things come to those who wait, so they say.
While the announcement of the six new RRHOF occupants was greeted with cheer by the acts and their fans, not everyone was over the moon. Rap pioneer Chuck D, himself a Hall of Famer, believes that Tupac jumped the induction queue. After the nominations were announced he took to Twitter to say: “Got forever love for Pac, but there ain’t a solo rap act that should get in the RRHOF before LL Cool J.”
Another unhappy camper is former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese. Why? For the first time, the Cleveland institution chose to mention specific members of bands who would be inducted, those believed to have been around during the act’s most influential years. This new provision saw Abbruzzese and four other ex-Pearl Jam drummers axed from the honorees list. He didn’t hide what he thought of the decision, posting the following on his Facebook page: “So…Rock & Roll Hall of Fucktardia. Ergh. It makes absolutely no sense to me…I’m not sure how 275+ live shows and 38% of record sales doesn’t fit their criteria…”
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