Tupac Back!?!? (And Going On Tour??)

Hologram 2Pac Standing Cross Stage From Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

Hologram 2Pac Standing Cross Stage From Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

It’s only been a few days since hologram 2Pac was unleashed at music and arts festival, Coachella 2012, performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” alongside former fellow Death Row Records artist, Snoop Dogg, and there are already looming rumors of a tour. The hologram version of 2pac was first conceived when someone got word of Mariah Carey using this technology on tour in Europe last year as a tool to perform in different countries at the same time (because who doesn’t want more Mariah?). However, Dr. Dre has done far from shy away from keeping hologram 2pac to himself. In a recent interview, Dre announced he would be willing to take the optical illusion on tour with him, Snoop, and possibly the likes of 50 Cent, Eminem, and Wiz Khalifa (Maybe Dre should consider making a hologram of himself to go on tour while he finishes Detox!). If you haven’t seen the Pac hologram, not only are you late to the show, but Daily $wagg has the live Coachella performance video for you right here…

As a person who has put Tupac Shakur in the running for “artist I would be most willing to amputate my left pinky to go see live” alongside Bob Marley and all of the Beatles (and possibly Wu-Tang Clan with ODB), I had mixed emotions about the hologram (don’t worry, I won’t cut my finger off to see the hologram). While most of resurrected Pac’s motions were fluent and his visuals were borderline flawless, his walking was somewhat reminiscent of 1980’s Michael Jackson but even that wasn’t my biggest problem. My largest issue with the hologram was his sheer size! I mean, 5’11 165 lb. 2Pac was standing next to 6’4 Snoop Dogg looking relatively the same size, maybe even taller. That’s the downside. The bright side is Tupac back! (I have not so mixed emotions about that song) I mean, legendary rapper Nas has called the technology “genius” while 2Pac friend/fan Jalen Rose has said it “sent chills up (his) back” among other comments. The ability to create holograms as realistic as this sets the music world into an entirely new realm (when do John Lennon, ODB, and Elvis come back?). Is there actually a realistic possibility Biggie will be back too before we know it?

Actual 2Pac Preforming at the House of Blues

Actual 2Pac Preforming at the House of Blues


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