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Biggie, Tupac Among First To Enter Hip-Hop Hall Of Fame

Late heroes Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are among the icons of hip-hop culture who’ll be honored next week at the inaugural Hip-Hop Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Afrika Bambaataa, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Run-D.M.C., KRS-One, Salt-n-Pepa, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh also made the cut, along with legendary breakdancer Crazy Legs, DJs Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, rap mogul Russell Simmons, and graffiti artist Dondi.

The honors will be bestowed at New York’s Puck Building on Wednesday, the opening day of the Hip-Hop Super Conference and Expo. The conference runs through Friday and will feature more than 100 panel discussions on hip-hop culture. Mos Def, Rah Digga and New York Knicks all-star Allan Houston are among the scheduled speakers, organizers said.