As I’m sure you have heard this year’s Coachella Music Festival will go down in history as the show that resurrected Tupac. The rapper has been dead since Sept 13, 1996, however that didn’t stop him from appearing through holographic image alongside Dr. DRE and Snoop Dogg last night in California.
Tupac ascended from the centre of stage, and appeared so life-like you could almost reach out and touch him, the surreal moment was intensified when Tupac shouted out the Coachella festival. He then performed Hail Mary and Gangster Party before disappearing with a puff of smoke.
The computer generated image cost approx. 10 million dollars to create, and came as a total shock to concert goers.
Last week it was leaked that Nate Dogg, the R&B singer that passed away last year would be performing via virtual image.
In an interview after the eventDaz Dillinger a rapper and friend of both Snoop and DRE said they had originally planned to use Nate Dogg than switched to Tupac last-minute, opting to pay homage to Nate via video montage.
Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother and former Black Panther activist told TMZ that she was “absolutely delighted” when DRE approached her requesting permission to use her son’s image.
Shakur agreed and asked DRE to make a donation to Tupac’s charity the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation.
Besides being utterly awesome, the computer generated rapper brings rise to the idea that all our favourite rappers could go on tour, literally ALL of them. B.I.G, and Big L and Pun could all be next to perform beyond the grave.