Those attending the Coachella music festival in Indio, California yesterday got a visit from a performing ghost when a hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur appeared on stage during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s set.
Around 10:35 pm, Tupac appeared on a dark smoky stage and greeted the crowd with “what up, Coachella!” The “bare-chested, buff and rocking what looked like a pair of acid-washed jeans circa 1995 hologram set Twitter on fire, as hundreds of Coachella attendees along with many thousands more watching a live feed on YouTube, tweeted in awe and disbelief,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote of the event.
Rappers Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar also joined the duo on stage during the guest-star packed event. The Tupac appearance eclipsed rumors that a hologram of the late Nate Dogg would perform, and certainly may raise anticipation for this Sunday’s April 22 show.
By last Friday, TMZ, MTV, Vibe and several other outlets reported that that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg had hired a company to use the hologram system that enabled Mariah Carey to perform simultaneously at several venues last year to create an image of the old hook-master, Nate Dogg.
The display could have set the bar higher for live performances in the future.
Not all greeted the news of the performance well though. Some saw the appearance of Shakur who was gunned down in 1996 by an assailant yet known as morbid and exploitative.
Some of those commenting on articles and YouTube videos of the performance have called it “shameful”, “pimping of the dead” and said Shakur should be left to rest in peace.
Still, fans of rap and others were amazed at the quality of the hologram which seemed very lifelike when it performed Shakur’s hits “Hail Mary” then a duet with Snoop on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”