The City of Oakland has officially honored Tupac Shakur, one of the most paramount figures in hip-hop history, with his own street.
In a star-studded ceremony on Friday, Nov. 3, “Tupac Shakur Way” was unveiled near Lake Merritt along a portion of MacArthur Boulevard, where the superstar lived in the early 1990s, in front of enthusiastic family members, former collaborators and fans.
Attendees of the event included Bay Area icons like E-40, MC Hammer, Spice 1, Money B, Richie Rich, B-Legit, Davey D and Sway Calloway. Shakur’s siblings Mopreme and Sekyiwa, his earliest manager Atron Gregory, and various community representatives were also present, including members of the Black Panther Party.
As Shakur’s music played from large speakers to a head-nodding audience, numerous icons who knew him closely spoke about his influence and time in Oakland.
Money B, who recorded and performed alongside Shakur in Digital Underground, said that Shakur’s apartment on MacArthur was “the first set of keys Tupac ever had to anything. Him and Big D created most of the music for 2Pacalypse Now right there. It was like a [music] factory.”