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Oakland City Council Votes to Name Road After Rap Legend Tupac Shakoor

The Oakland City Council has voted unanimously to honor hip-hop legend Tupac Shakoor by renaming a stretch of an Oakland street after the rap legend.

The stretch between Grand Avenue and Van Buren Avenue on MacArthur Boulevard will now be known as the “Tupac Shakur Way.”

Shakur, a native of Harlem who later lived in Baltimore, Maryland spent his formative years in Oakland and spoke highly of the city and credited it for developing his rapping skills and launching his career.

Shakur got his start in the hip-hop industry working with the Oakland hip-hop ground Digital Underground. He lived in an apartment at 275 MacArthur Boulevard.

The move to honor Tupac was introduced in the City Council by Council Member Carroll Fife, whose motion read as follows:

“Tupac Shakur’s legacy will continue through his contributions in art and social outreach, through his family and fans, touching countless lives of children and elders over the years while alive and after his death, taken too young by gun violence,”

The Tupac Shakur Foundation will install signboards and commemorative plaques at the new Tupac Shakur Way.

Tupac was only 25 when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Vegas in 1996.

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Written by Darnell Simmons

Investigative Journalist, social analysis