A section of MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, California has been renamed in honor of the late, great Tupac Shakur. On Friday, November 3, members of Shakur’s family, Todd “Too Short” Shaw and Oakland native Stanley “MC Hammer” Burrell attended a ceremony celebrating the birth of Tupac Shakur Way.
“Let his spirit live on the rest of these years in these streets and in your hearts,” Shakur’s sister, Sekyiwa, said.
Shakur spent much of his childhood and teenage years in New York, New York and Baltimore, Maryland, but he spent much of the early 1990s in and around the Oakland area. During that time, he built bonds with Bay Area natives like the aforementioned Too Short and MC Hammer.
“He claimed Oakland,” Oakland Councilwoman Carroll Fife told the Associated Press.
“He said Oakland gave him his game.”
Shakur’s life and career was tragically cut short on September 13, 1996. The critically-acclaimed artist died from wounds sustained during a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada days earlier. In September 2023, Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis was arrested and charged in connection to the murder.