Virtual Tupac Coming to a City Near You?
Maybe Slim Thug knew something we didn’t when he joked that Hologram Tupac should go on tour.
As it turns out, Dr. Dre and his camp are now seriously weighing the possibilities, according to the Wall Street Journal.
One of the issues at hand is a lineup debate. Float a tour featuring Hologram Tupac with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre supporting him in smaller venues or make it a star-studded affair with Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa joining the west coast triumvirate in big venues?
Either way, it looks like we’ll be hearing “What up, New York” and (hopefully) “What up, Houston?” from Hologram Tupac in the near future.
It’s ultimately Dr. Dre’s call. The good Doc, as you know, conceived the virtual performance. He then pitched the idea to San Diego-based firm, AV Concepts, which has also done holographic projects for the Gorillaz and Celine Dion. AV helped bring it to life, using an advanced version of Pepper’s Ghost.
Sunday night, an incredibly realistic version of the late rapper appeared at Coachella, performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” alongside Snopp Dogg.
Pac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, said she was thrilled with the outcome. And from the looks of it, Coachella fans were, too. Well, except the ones now hearing “What up, Coachellaaaaa?” in their nightmares. That thing was all types of creepy, I’m told.