Sunday, November 5, 2023, 4:28 p.m
OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland is showing Tupac Shakur “California Love” by renaming a section of one of its most famous streets after the late rap legend.
A stretch of MacArthur Boulevard near his home in the 1990s became Tupac Shakur Way after a ceremony attended by his family members and Oakland native MC Hammer.
“I am proud to be here today to take part in the street naming ceremony. I see Tupac murals all over the world. “It was only right that we named a street after him, right?” said Sway Calloway, popular radio personality and Oakland native. “So today let’s celebrate with the Shakur family. And thank you very much. Your family has been through a lot. And you’re still standing here strong.”
Tupac’s sister was in attendance at the renaming ceremony Friday morning.
MC Hammer, the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper who spent many of his final months with Shakur before he was shot and killed in 1996 at age 25, said in his remarks that Shakur was “undoubtedly the greatest rapper of all time.” be that there is not even a question of it.
Shakur collaborator Money-B and Oakland hip-hop legend Too Short also spoke at the ceremony.
Shakur was born in New York and grew up there and in Baltimore, but moved to the San Francisco Bay Area with his mother in the late 1980s. He lived in Oakland in the early 1990s and adopted it as his adopted home.
“He claimed Oakland,” said Councilwoman Carroll Fife, who led the effort to rename the street. “He said Oakland gave him his game.”
The ceremony came the day after a former Southern California street gang leader pleaded not guilty to murder in the Las Vegas shooting of Shakur.
Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis is tasked with staging the shootout. He is the only living person who was in the vehicle from which the fatal shots were fired, and in September, 27 years after the killing, he became the only person ever charged with a crime in the case.
Shakur’s relatives stayed away from the charges, mentioning them only in passing on Friday. Sekyiwa Shakur said her brother “died at the age of 25 by gang violence, at the hands of another black man, by the planning of another black man, whoever that man may be.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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