Snoop Dogg will induct his late friend Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the April 7th ceremony in Brooklyn, Rolling Stone has confirmed.
The two rappers collaborated on All Eyez on Me‘s “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” and Snoop Dogg has often taken credit for bringing Shakur to Death Row.
News of Snoop Dogg’s involvement first surfaced Sunday in a TMZ report that stated the rapper and potentially Dr. Dre, who was enshrined in the Rock Hall with N.W.A in 2016, would participate in a three-song musical tribute to Shakur that included the hit single “California Love.”
However, Rolling Stone has learned that the final lineup for the all-star Shakur tribute has not been cemented.
In a 2015 interview with Michael Rappaport, Snoop Dogg reminisced about meeting Shakur for the first time at a wrap party for the film Poetic Justice, which starred Shakur and Janet Jackson. The two rappers were aware of each other’s music but had never met; however, they soon bonded during a smoking session. Eventually, Shakur aligned with Snoop and Dr. Dre on Death Row Records.
“‘Pac brought a spirit to the studio that was different than anybody we ever worked with,” Snoop said of the rapper in another interview. “He had a spirit – like this nigga could be in three different rooms at one time makin’ music. He would never listen to it.”
The 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also includes Pearl Jam, Yes, Joan Baez, Journey and Electric Light Orchestra. The ceremony takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 7th.
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It wasn’t long ago that Snoop Dogg playfully joked around with Donald Trump as part of a Comedy Central Roast of the businessman, but a lot has changed since 2011. For one thing: Trump is the president now.
It also seems like Snoop’s feelings toward the New York real estate mogul have changed. In the video for the remix of Toronto instrumental collective BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Lavender,” Snoop literally takes aim at a character called “Ronald Klump” (guess who he looks like) — kidnapping him and chaining him up before firing at him with a toy gun.
The move hasn’t gone down well in the Oval Office, and the president himself has tweeted angrily about Snoop’s antics:
“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”
President Trump’s lawyer also clapped back at Snoop in a TMZ interview — we cannot believe that’s a sentence we just wrote — admonishing the rapper:
“You know what’s really sad is that there’s so much more that Snoop can do for this country than these sort of ridiculous videos.”
“Maybe something he wants to do is join my diversity coalition for Trump. Maybe what he wants to do is join Jim Brown with the Amer-I-can program, and maybe there are other things he can do in order to help the inner cities get past the violence and the drugs and the killings that are going on, instead of showing more killings.”
Watch the interview and the video below.