The city of Oakland has renamed a local street to honor slain rap star Tupac Shakur. The “California Love” icon called Oakland his second home, and he launched his career with one of the biggest groups in the city, Digital Underground.
Shakur, a New York City native, grew up in Baltimore. His parents then moved to the Bay Area, where he spent his formative years.
As reported by ABC 7, Tupac Shakur Way now sits at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard between Grand Avenue and Van Buren Avenue. Longtime DJ and radio host Sway Calloway was on-site for the ceremony and noted, “I’m proud to be here today to be part of the street naming ceremony. I see murals all over the world of 2Pac. Was only right that we have a street named after him, correct?
“So let’s celebrate today with the Shakur family. And thank you. Your family has been through a lot. And still, you stand here strong.”
The street naming comes after the recent arrest of Duane “Keefe D” Davis, who’s been charged as an accomplice in the September 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur.