Year Eligible: 2016
Debut Record: 2Pacalypse Now (1991)
Why He Should Be Inducted: From his "Thug Life" belly tat to his ability to deliver both a tender single like "Keep Ya Head Up" and a gritty track such as "Pour Out a Little Liquor," to challenging Biggie Smalls on "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" a few years later, he was a rock star through and through. Before his death at age 25, 2Pac recorded five albums, one album with the group Thug Life, and enough material for six posthumous albums and one record with Outlawz. With a string of multiplatinum records to his name, his legacy is big enough to warrant Dr. Dre bringing him out as a hologram at his 2012 Coachella appearance.
Possible Drama: None, as long as his hologram does not accept the honor.