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Tupac to be honoured with street named after him in California

The late rapper credited Oakland as the location he got his “game” and launched his career. A unanimous city council vote will see a stretch of the street he once lived on receive the honourary name of Tupac Shakur Way.

Tupac Shakur will have a street he used to live on renamed after him in Oakland, California.

The late rapper was born in Harlem and later lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Marin City, California, but credited Oakland as the location he got his “game” and launched his career, according to legislation authorising the commemorative street renaming.

A unanimous vote by the city council will see a stretch of MacArthur Boulevard by Lake Merritt, where Shakur once lived, keep its existing name but also receive the additional honorary name of Tupac Shakur Way.

Commemorative plaques and signs about the change will be paid for by the Tupac Shakur Foundation.

Oakland has honoured other figures with street names, including Black Panther party co-founder Huey P Newton and rapper and record producer Too Short.

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

The city council legislation says the renamed part of the street will remind people of Shakur’s contributions to Oakland and celebrate art and culture as a catalyst for society change.

It was not clear when the name change will come into effect as no timeline was provided.

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