Mon 16 Apr 2012
The highlight of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s historic performance at Coachella 2012 was the rumored and much talked about hologram appearance from Tupac Shakur. Fans in person and those streaming worldwide gasped and celebrated as the late legendary MC was brought to life for a brief moment in which the digital image performed “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikka’s Most Wanted” alongside Snoop Dogg.
Miss Info: This was definitely the most incredible stage stunt I’ve ever seen in my life. And the technology was unreal. I also loved how Snoop actually played off the Tupac Hologram like it was real. But that said….there’s a part of me that kind of wishes that the life-size hologram is so expensive that nobody else can do it.
I don’t think we need to see Frank Sinatra, Aaliyah, Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Cobain, Big Pun, Guru, or any of our treasured fallen legends digitally resurrected for the sake of a performance. (But I’m sure there will be a Biggie hologram before the year is out) The beauty of this moment was the surprise of it all. But I gotta say, even without Pac, Snoop and Dr. Dre completely tore down that stage with the smoothest set, incredible polish, amazing backdrops, and great guests. One of the best hip hop shows I’ve ever seen.
I think it was so shocking and impressive at Coachella tonight, but there’s so much opportunity for abuse.
Mikey Fresh: I just got back to my hotel and I’m in still trying to comprehend what went down. I have to start by saying this video clip doesn’t do this historic hip-hop moment justice. Info and I stood there in awe with over 60,000 other screaming fans as this unreal-insane-mind-blowing hologram of Tupac rapped alongside Snoop Dogg. From Pac’s G-stance to his rap mannerisms, it was almost spooky to witness the life-like image mimic the fallen rapper to a T. Nothing could have prepared us for this. The hologram was even realistic enough to shout out updated ad-libs and a Coachella shout-out. As “Tupac” rapped chills ran down my spine as I heard the familiar lyrics to”Amerikka’s Most Wanted.”
Though, it was an unforgettable moment, I’m also a bit scared about this technology being taken advantage of by the wrong parties. Do you think this is the future of hip-hop concerts?
Watch the bone chilling moment after the jump…..
Video via Nigel D./RealTalkNY
Mikey Fresh’s view…
Miss Info caught this with her iPhone
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