Tupac Shakur receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

"All Eyez" were on Hollywood on Wednesday, June 7, when Tupac Shakur, the legendary rapper, poet, and actor, received his star on the Walk of Fame

The star is the 2,758th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the initial 1,558 stars.

Some of his top hits include "Changes," "California Love," and "Dear Mama." In a recent Billboard article, he is ranked as the fourth-best rapper of all time and continues to be one of hip-hop's most celebrated artists. 

He is also remembered as being a phenomenal actor with starring roles in films such as "Above the Rim," "Juice," and "Poetic Justice."

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iHeartRadio host Big Boy emceed the event and guest speakers included Jamal Joseph and "Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur" documentary director Allen Hughes. 

His sister, Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur, accepted the star on his behalf. 

"It fills my heart with honor to stand here today representing the Shakur family," she said. "Tupac knew deep down that he was always meant for something great. And as his little sister, I had the privilege to watch that greatness unfold."

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Atmosphere at the star ceremony where Tupac Shakur is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 7, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

In 1996, Tupac was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas when he was just 25 years old. His killing not only shocked the world of hip hop, but also music fans across the globe. Gone and not forgotten, his legacy lives on through his art. 

"Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, activist, poet, and revolutionary.  This iconic artist has continued to be part of the zeitgeist for decades after his passing and will continue to be an important cultural figure for many years to come," said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in a press release. "Surely, as one of  L.A.’s own, Tupac’s star will be added to the list of most visited stars."

The ceremony comes days before what would have been his 52nd birthday. 

Shakur received a posthumous best rap solo performance Grammy nomination in 2000 for "Changes," part of his "Greatest Hits" album released in 1998.

Shakur starred in the 1992 crime thriller "Juice," the 1993 romance film "Poetic Justice," the 1996 crime drama "Bullet," the 1997 black comedy crime film "Gridlock'd" and 1997 action crime thriller "Gang Related" and co-starred in the 1994 sports drama, "Above the Rim."

City News Service contributed to this report.