Tupac Shakur has been named as one of six inductees for the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class.
Shakur’s nomination marked his first year of eligibility. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame considers artists 25 years after their debut. Shakur’s first album, the platinum-selling 2Pacalypse Now, was released in 1991. He would release four more albums in his lifetime before being gunned in 1996.
Since his death, Shakur has released numerous posthumous albums and is widely considered one of best emcees in Hip-Hop history. A biopic is due out next year.
Joining Shakur as 2017 inductees include Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, YES, Electric Light Orchestra, and Journey.
The six inductees beat out Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Bad Brains, Joe Tex, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, The Zombies, J. Geils Band, MC5 and Steppenwolf.