Today would have been the rapper’s 45th birthday.
Hip-hop fan LeRoy McCarthy, who was also behind the scheme to rename a corner in Brooklyn after the Notorious B.I.G. and the bid to rename NYC’s Paul’s Boutique street “Beastie Boys Square,” helped draft the language of the legal document, which describes Tupac as one of the most “thought provoking hip-hop MCs.”
“Although Tupac was born in Harlem, New York City in 1971 and later lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Marin City, California, he cherished his time in Oakland as his home, stating that he got his ‘Game’ from Oakland,” reads the proclamation. Tupac began his career with the Oakland-based rap crew Digital Underground.
“His birth date serves to remind us of his contributions to our communities through the celebration of art and culture as an awakening tool towards changes in society.”
The Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, is currently in production though a release date has not yet been announced. Tupac’s mother, the activist Afeni Shakur, had been an executive producer on the project until her death last month. See the first footage from the film below.