Though nearly three decades have passed since Tupac Shakur's departure, his enduring influence and legacy persist in the hearts of fans. In a touching homage to the late rapper, the city of Oakland has now officially designated a section as "Tupac Shakur Way." This move not only pays tribute to the iconic artist but also has the potential to become a significant tourist attraction.
Oakland Honors TuPac
In a heartfelt tribute to the late rapper, Oakland officially named a stretch of MacArthur Boulevard between Van Buren and Grand avenues as “Tupac Shakur Way.”
This renaming ceremony took place on Friday, November 3rd, in Tupac’s hometown. Notable artists, including MC Hammer, Too $hort, and E-40, were in attendance to help unveil the new street name, adding an extra touch of significance to the event.
The dedication of “Tupac Shakur Way” was met with enthusiasm on social media, where fans shared their support for honoring the legendary rapper. Twitter users flooded the platform with positive comments.
One user on Twitter(X) stated, “ He’s a legend indeed,” while another commented, “This is lovely.”
Updated By: Kynedei Iman Hobbs (11/6/23 at 5:28 pm)
Tupac Shakur Honored With A Street Name in Oakland
The City Council of Oakland, California has made the decision to rename a section of MacArthur Boulevard between Grand Avenue and Van Buren Avenue as “Tupac Shakur Way.” This move pays tribute to the iconic rap legend and his deep connection to the city.
Tupac’s Connection to Oakland
Tupac Shakur, renowned for his artistry, activism, and controversial public persona, had a significant connection to Oakland. He resided in the Bay Area during the production of his 1991 album “2Pacalypse Now” and collaborated with the Bay Area rap group Digital Underground.
Tupac credited Oakland for shaping his “game” in hip-hop, highlighting the city’s influence on his career.
Tupac’s Many Honors
Oakland has previously recognized Tupac’s contributions. In 2016, city officials declared June 16, his birthday, as Tupac Shakur Day. This new renaming of a section of MacArthur Boulevard further solidifies Oakland’s appreciation for the late rapper and his lasting impact on the music industry.
The critically acclaimed Hulu docuseries Dear Mama explores the life of Tupac Shakur and sheds light on his relationship with his mother, Afeni Shakur. This insightful documentary offers a glimpse into Pac’s personal journey including the impact of his life growing up among the leaders in The Black Panther Party.
The city of Los Angeles has a mural that memorializes the enigmatic artist, who also spent time there. The cherished mural, which features Tupac and other West Coast icons, faces the risk of demolition, prompting the initiation of a petition to save this beloved symbol of artistic expression.
As of May 16, 2023, the petition has amassed more than 27,000 signatures and the city government has agreed to meet and discuss the future of the mural.
Missy Elliott Honored With Street Named After Her In Virginia
Similarly, rap icon Missy Elliott was recently honored with her own street.” Missy Elliott Boulevard” was named in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia, recognizing her contributions to the music industry.
Originally Written By: Chris Samuel