Snoop Dogg kicked things off for the acceptance of his past label mate and companion with a moving discourse: “While many remember him now as some kind of thugged out superhero, 2Pac knew that he was only human,” said Snoop. “To be human is to be many things at once, strong and vulnerable, hardheaded and intellectual, courageous and afraid, revolutionary and, oh yeah, don’t get it fucked up, gangsta.”
Alicia Keys kicked the gathering off singing, “Ambitionz as a Ridah,” and “I Ain’t Mad at Cha” while stimulating the ivory keys. Snoop and YG collaborated to perform “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” ‘Pac’s dear friend, Naughty by Nature’s Treach, performed “Hail Mary” and T.I. performed “Keep Ya Head Up,” dressed as 2Pac from the 1996 New York Times cover that included the late rapper, Suge Knight, and Snoop Dogg.
The enlistment will air on HBO Sat., April 29, at 8 p.m. EST.