Tupac resurrected via hologram for Coachella performance with Snoop Dogg (Video)

April 16, 2012

When Tupac Shakur took the stage at Coachella on Sunday, it was like seeing a ghost. The rapper died of gunshot wounds in 1996, but he was resurrected via hologram to perform with Snoop Dogg for the California music festival. Shakur’s hologram greeted the crowd, “What up, Coachella!” and joined Snoop Dog for “Come With Me,” “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.


A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella)

Holograms in concert have a precedence in Japan, where musical groups use them to bring to life animated characters, such as Hatsune Miko. AKB48, the world’s largest pop group according to the Guinness World Book of Records, also has a virtual pop star in the band — a computer-generated, composite image of some of the band’s 48 singers.

See Tupac’s performance below. Caution: The video has NSFW language.

What do you think — cool or creepy?

A previous version of this post cited the incorrect title for the song ”2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide.
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