One of hip-hop’s most iconic rappers is being recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

According to reports, committee chairman David Green announced that the late Tupac Shakur will be among 22 honorees to receive a star on the historic boulevard next year.

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This honor comes nearly 17 years after the rapper’s death. With over 75 million albums worldwide and a legacy of social activism and change, Pac’s recognition is well overdue.

Shakur, who recorded music as 2Pac, will be awarded his star for his recording career. After touring as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground, he earned his first major national notoriety when he appeared on Digital Underground’s 1991 single “Same Song,” which was featured in the film Nothing But Trouble. Later that year, Shakur released his debut album, 2Pacalypse Now. The 13-cut collection featured the singles “Trapped,” which discussed police brutality, and “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” which focused on a 12-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexually abused.

Other stars on the 2014 list of honorees include Tavis Smiley, Katy Perry, Matthew McConaughey and Sally Field.

This week, Jennifer Lopez became the 2,500th celebrity to received a brass star with her name on it.

Congratulations, Mr. Shakur!


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