A street in Oakland will be named after late rap legend, Tupac Amaru Shakur, following an ‘unanimous vote by the city council’ on Tuesday.
The rapper, who first moved to the Bay Area as a teenager, got his first break in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground and credited his time in Marin City as the ‘location where he got his game,’ according to legislation, obtained by NBC.
‘A stretch of MacArthur Boulevard by Lake Merritt where Shakur once lived will keep its existing name, but also receive the additional, honorary name of Tupac Shakur Way,’ according to the publication.
The Tupac Shakur Foundation will be covering the costs for ‘commemorative plaques and signs signalling the change.’
He was selected to ‘remind people’ of his ‘contributions to Oakland and celebrate art and culture as a catalyst for societal change.’
Over the years, the city has also paid homage to other icons with street names for record producer, Too Short and Black Panther Party co-founder, Huey P. Newton.
Tupac died of of gunshot wounds suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996, at just 25, after paramedics rushed him to the ICU at University Medical Center.
He was ‘shot four times in the chest at a stoplight’ by an ‘unknown gunman in a white Cadillac,’ according to Britannica.
In an attempt to save his life, he was placed on life support and put under an induced coma.
Nearly 30 years later, the homicide case remains unsolved.